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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 andrews.edu/sem.

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 andrews.edu/splad, email speech@andrews.edu 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 stordalen.info/ldg/home.html.
 

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 speech@andrews.edu.

For more information about the SPLAD program, visit andrews.edu/splad, call 269-471-3468 or email enroll@andrews.edu.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

School of Ed Certified for Admin Prep

by Melodie Roschman

After a grueling three-year journey, Andrews University is the first Seventh-day Adventist university in North America to achieve state certification for the School Administrator Preparation Program.

“What this means for our program,” says Janet Ledesma, coordinator of the educational leadership program, “is that if a person graduates in the program, not only will they have denominational certification, they will also have state certification and reciprocity in other states. Our program is completely online, so if you’re a principal in Indiana, or if you’re a principal in New York City, or if you’re a principal in any state that is recognized in the state of Michigan, you will now have that same licensure.”

The process of achieving certification began in 2011. The certification team, consisting of Ledesma, Duane Covrig (director of the graduate leadership program), Sylvia Gonzalez (professor of leadership and educational administration) and several graduate students, submitted an application and paid a fee to the state. Then state standards changed and they had to begin the process again. There are ten Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) program standards required for certification.

“Within each course we had to sit down and develop these rubrics that would match not only the standards, but also how we were developing this level of mastery within the course content,” Ledesma explains. “Imagine doing this for a 48-credit master’s, an EDS, or a PhD!”

“There was just one obstacle then another obstacle,” she says. “One day I got home and I said, ‘Lord, it’s in your hands. We’ve done our best, now you do the rest.’”

Her prayer was answered, and in July, after a formal review by the Michigan State Department of Education, the program received certification.

Ledesma hopes that this added certification will attract teachers from outside the Adventist church to the program.

“This is yet another opportunity that God has sent us to reach teachers in our immediate area, right here in Berrien Springs, in Benton Harbor,” she says. “Ultimately this new certification both aids the School of Education’s commitment to academic excellence, and reinforces our motto: Educar es Redimir--To Educate is to Redeem.”

To learn more about the School of Education, visit andrews.edu/sed, email sed@andrews.edu or call 269-471-3481.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

August Graduation Weekend

Andrews University announces its summer graduation, taking place August 1–3.

Graduation weekend events begin Friday evening, August 1, with Consecration in Pioneer Memorial Church, and continue through the weekend, finishing with Commencement on Sunday, August 3. For details on the various weekend events and each program’s time and location, see below or visit andrews.edu/graduation.

Karl G.D. Bailey, associate professor of psychology at Andrews, will offer the Consecration address titled, “Heart, Soul, Mind and Strength.“ on Friday, August 1, at 8 p.m. in Pioneer Memorial Church.

Bailey holds a PhD in cognitive psychology from Michigan State University. He is heavily involved in research, especially in collaboration with students, and for the last four years has been investigating the internalization of Sabbath-keeping among Seventh-day Adventists and the relationship between Sabbath-keeping and wellbeing. Bailey has been at Andrews University for ten years.

On Saturday, August 2, Andrea Luxton, provost of Andrews University, will present the Baccalaureate address at 11:45 a.m. Her presentation is titled “The Life of Integrity.”

Luxton holds a PhD in English from Catholic University of America and a postgraduate diploma in institutional management and change in higher education from the University of Twente, Netherlands. During her career she has served in various roles as an educator and administrator, including as president of both Newbold College in England and Canadian University College in Lacombe, Alberta, Canada. She has served as provost of Andrews University since 2010.

Additional departmental services are planned for Friday and Saturday. They are as follows:

Friday, August 1
School of Business Administration Ethics Oath Ceremony
11 a.m., Chan Shun Hall, Garber Auditorium

Saturday, August 2
Seminary Dedication Service
4 p.m., Seminary Chapel

Medical Laboratory Sciences Certificate Ceremony
5 p.m., Pioneer Memorial Church Youth Chapel

Department of Social Work Recognition Service
5:30 p.m., University Towers Auditorium

Graduation Vespers, honoring graduating students, family and guests, will take place at 8:30 p.m. in Pioneer Memorial Church, immediately followed by the President’s Reception for family and graduating students in the Great Lakes Room of the Campus Center.

For a full schedule of weekend events, visit andrews.edu/graduation.

On Sunday, August 3, Loren Hamel, president & CEO of Lakeland HealthCare and member of the Andrews University Board of Trustees, will be the speaker for the 9 a.m. Commencement service at Pioneer Memorial Church. His address is titled ”Inspired.”

Hamel holds an MD from Loma Linda University School of Medicine in Loma Linda, California, and a Master of Health Services Administration from the University of Michigan School of Public Health. He has worked in the Michigan healthcare system for 31 years, serving as a family physician and medical administrator. He is an active board member of Andrews University and the Southwest Michigan Economic Growth Alliance, and has also served Andrews as a clinical professor and director of the University’s health services.

Stephen E. Upton, chairman of the Upton Foundation and former senior vice president for corporate communications, education government affairs at the Whirlpool Foundation, will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws during the Commencement service. Upton is a lifelong resident of southwestern Michigan who has devoted much of his life and energy to local community support for families and education through his philanthropic service, as chairman of the Upton Foundation and president of the Whirlpool Foundation. During his tenure at Whirlpool, Upton was deeply committed to customer service, launching the first-ever toll-free customer service helpline in the 1960s. He has also led support of Lakeland Regional HealthCare, served as a founding board member of the Lake Michigan College Foundation, and serving as a member of numerous community boards.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Thomas Zirkle Awarded Prestigious Fellowship

Thomas Zirkle, recent Andrews graduate, has been awarded the prestigious Arthur J. Schmitt Presidential Fellowship to fund his pursuit of a PhD in electrical engineering at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. The highly competitive scholarship, which is awarded to only a few students each year, includes full tuition of $44,000, a $32,500 annual stipend and student insurance, all renewable for five years.

Zirkle graduated summa cum laude in May 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in engineering with a concentration in electrical and computer engineering as well as minors in physics and mathematics.  When he decided to apply for graduate school, he says, Notre Dame was a good fit for a number of reasons.

Most importantly, he says, “Notre Dame conducts the type of research I am interested in pursuing for my doctorate—namely nanofabrication of next generation computing hardware.” The school is also close enough that he can attend while his wife Madeline can have the option of finishing her degree at Andrews.

“This fellowship is an opportunity that has definitely helped to shape our present and our future,” says Zirkle. “I am excited that God has provided me with such an opportunity.”

Zirkle’s final career goal is to be a lead research scientist in the field of nanoelectronics, working on the next generation of computing hardware. In order to  get to that point he needs a strong background in research and a degree from a well-known graduate school.

“In the graduate electrical engineering program,” he says, “I will be able to work in the National Science Foundation-supported laboratories on campus, present my research at major conferences and learn under some of the leaders of my future career.”

Andrews University, Zirkle says, has been invaluable in equipping him for this next step in his academic career. He received research experience early in college as a research assistant to engineering professor Hyun Kwon during his freshman and sophomore years, and because of this he received two summer undergraduate research fellowships at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. These experiences, he says, “really opened the door for me to receive this prestigious award.”

The most important thing, Zirkle emphasizes, is to be proactive. “Andrews will provide you with the know-how,” he says, “but you have to supply the initiative. For those that have high aspirations for their futures…I can’t say enough on how valuable real-life experience can be in getting a job or into graduate school.”

“Thomas was an absolutely outstanding student!” enthuses Kwon. “When he was working as a student researcher, I noticed his talent as he focused and analyzed a problem in-depth and came up with a solution. He is one of the most memorable students for this self-discipline, integrity and most of all, his brilliant mind. I know that wherever he goes he will be noticed and he will astonish people around him.”

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Teresa Reeve Named Seminary Associate Dean

Teresa Reeve, associate professor of New Testament at Andrews University, has been chosen as the new associate dean of the Andrews University Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary. Reeve succeeds R. Clifford Jones, who is now serving as president of the Lake Region Conference of Seventh-day Adventists following 19 years at the seminary, including ten years as associate dean.

Reeve comes to the position with several years of experience in teaching and ministry. She holds an MDiv from the Seminary and a PhD from the University of Notre Dame, and has been teaching in the Department of New Testament of the seminary for 11 years.

“Reeve’s appointment is especially significant because she is the first female associate dean in seminary history,” says Jiři Moskala, seminary dean. “This is an historical nomination, and I am glad I can play a part in it. With this appointment comes unique diversity in our seminary.”

When asked about the significance of her role as first female associate seminary dean, Reeve says, “I will leave others to debate what the appointment means for the church. For the seminary, my appointment is simply an expression of our belief that every believer is gifted by God, and it is our responsibility as the body of Christ to put everyone to work for Him in the places most appropriate to their gifting.”

Reeve began her career as an elementary teacher, teaching in Adventist and Montessori schools for ten years and earning an MA in educational and developmental psychology from Andrews. She has developed materials and services in various aspects of child and family ministries for the General Conference and North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists and Advent Source, including work with the Adventure Club and Sabbath School curricula.

Upon returning to Andrews to complete her MDiv, Reeve assisted the pastor and served as head elder at All Nations Church in Berrien Springs for several years, before completing her PhD and joining the New Testament department. During this time she has published numerous articles and served the church on a number of committees, including the Biblical Research Institute Committee, the Theology of Ordination Study Committee and the Seminary Deans’ Council.

“My central focus will be to work closely with the dean to pursue, in increasingly effective ways, our mission of preparing effective leaders to make disciples in preparation for Jesus’ soon coming,” says Reeve. “I especially hope to prioritize preparing students to work in a diverse, multicultural church by providing training, experiences and a diverse faculty that can serve as the needed educators and role models.”

Reeve says that she feels humbled by her appointment, but is counting on our gracious and mighty God for His wisdom and leading.

“I love my God, my church, and our seminary,” she says. “I am excited about serving the faculty and students and about seeking together the possibilities of the future and planning and working together in God’s wisdom for the service of His kingdom.”

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Howard Performing Arts Center 2014-15 Season Preview

The Howard Performing Arts Center announces the 2014–2015 season of its concert series Howard Center Presents… The Howard Performing Arts Center was designed to enhance the beautiful music of live performance, and this season celebrates the natural qualities of the Howard Performing Arts Center, featuring artists whose music is enhanced by the concert hall’s incredible acoustics. Even the well-known Christian contemporary artists, Jars of Clay and David Phelps, will perform in “un-plugged” concerts.

The season will kick off with Petar Jankovic Ensemble, a musical fusion of guitar and string quartet, on Sunday, Sept. 7, at 7 p.m. The ensemble will play a unique mix of Spanish pieces, passionate tangos, classical masterpieces and contemporary compositions. Later that month, enjoy an evening of classical music by violinist Carla Trynchuk, cellist Stephen Framil and pianist Chi Yong Yun on Saturday, Sept. 20, at 8 p.m.

In support of the community, The Howard Performing Arts Center will offer a free small-business showcase on Sept. 21. Attendees can discover the benefits of “shopping small” as they meet local business owners and learn about their products and services. This is also an opportunity for business owners to network with each other and reach new clientele. The showcase will begin at 3 p.m. and culminate in a concert by Lake Effect Jazz Big Band at 5 p.m. Contact the Howard Center for information on representing your business at this event.

On Sunday, Sept. 28 at 7 p.m., violinist Dana Lyn and guitarist Kyle Sanna will present an evening of traditional Irish music. Lyn was 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 the greatest living interpreters of Irish music including Kevin Burke and Martin Hayes.

As part of the prestigious honor of winning the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, The Telegraph Quartet will make a stop at the Howard Performing Arts Center. The winning quartet, made up of two violins, a viola and a cello, is comprised of young adults from San Francisco, California. Their concert at the Howard Center will be Sunday, Oct. 12, at 4 p.m.

Jars of Clay, a well-known Christian band, will perform selections from their new album, “Inland,” as well as fan favorites on Saturday, Oct. 19, at 8 p.m. Jars of Clay is on their 20th anniversary tour. Their music, marked by lush keyboard melodies, strong acoustic rhythm guitar and rich lyrics, has won the group three GRAMMY awards.

On Saturday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m., Charles Reid and the love of his life, Julie Reid, will share an evening of favorite love songs. They will explore the complexities of love, a topic that has captivated poets and musicians throughout time, with their celebrated repertoire.

The Andrews University Symphony Orchestra, producer and pianist Belford Hernandez and conductor Claudio Gonzalez present diverse sounds spanning from classical Christmas themes to Celtic tunes and soulful color in this concert celebrating the Christmas season with “A Christmas Celebration: Sounds of the Season with a Soulful Touch” on Saturday, Dec. 6, at 8 p.m. The University Singers join them throughout, culminating with the famous “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s Messiah. Other works include arrangements by Hernandez and David Williamson. Celebrate the season with this diverse array of sounds.

The Howard Performing Arts Center will present “HIS Creation,” a family-friendly program on Saturday, Jan. 10. Rich Aguilera, "The Mud Guy" from Guide Magazine and 3ABN’s “Kids Time,” will give an interactive presentation about how the world was designed and created by an all-powerful and loving God. Two showings, at 6 and 8 p.m., will entertain parents and children alike.

Featured on NBC’s hit musical competition “The Sing-Off,” The Filharmonic is a six-member a cappella boy band whose vocal style exemplifies an urbanesque hip-hop sound with 90s nostalgia. Their concert at the Howard Center will be on Sunday, Jan. 18, at 7 p.m.

David Phelps, known for his singing with the Gaither Vocal Band, will perform on Sunday, Jan. 25, at 7 p.m. He will showcase his powerhouse tenor voice by singing Christian favorites from his albums over the years.
“Tied up in Knotts,” a one-woman comedy routine, will be in the Howard Center on Sunday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m. Karen Knotts will perform and tell stories about her legendary father, Don Knotts. Don Knotts is most known for his role as Barney Fife on the “Andy Griffith Show.”

A father-and-son team will wrap up the season on Sunday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m. Trumpeter Brandon Ridenour and pianist Rich Ridenour will delight the audience with their comedic stage presence while they perform music from classical masterworks to American ragtime. Brandon also plays trumpet in the entertaining and talented group, Canadian Brass.

All tickets go on sale Monday, August 4, 2014, and can be purchased online at howard.andrews.edu, or by calling the Box Office at 888-467-6442 or 269-471-3560. Ticket prices for concerts will vary, but the Howard Performing Arts Center’s 11th season will continue to provide world-class arts to the community at affordable prices.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Andrews University Hires Long-Term Gymnics Coach

Eric Paddock, 2013–14 interim Gymnics coach, has been hired permanently into the position as Gymnics coach at Andrews University. Paddock holds an associate’s degree in pre-physical therapy, and a bachelor’s degree in sport studies with a concentration in human performance from Southern Adventist University (Collegedale, Tennessee).


Paddock began coaching the Gymnics, a 30-member sports acrobatics group, in September 2013, following previous coach Christian Lighthall’s departure. Paddock came to the position with background in leadership, coaching and teambuilding, having served as boys’ director at two youth summer camps and as a coach at the Gym-Kids Gymnastics Program in Collegedale.


“Eric did very well in his first year,” says Emmanuel Rudatsikira, dean of the School of Health Professions. “He brought the Gymnics together very quickly. The team members appreciate the fact that he uses a systematic approach to tryouts, and he has had a number of successes such as tour shows that have received high marks and successful routine performances at Acrofest. I am confident that Eric will continue to bring the Gymnics to a higher level of excellence.”


“It is a great honor to be able to continue here at Andrews University,” Paddock says. “The year behind us was a success in my eyes, and the year ahead of us is looking great. I can’t wait to see what God has in store for us from here on out.” 

Second Annual Andrews Research Conference

By Melodie Roschman

Andrews University announces its second annual Andrews Research Conference (ARC), to be held May 13–17, 2015, in Buller Hall on the University’s Berrien Springs campus. The focus of the conference next year will be early career research in social sciences.


The event is open to current graduate students or professors within ten years of receiving their PhDs. Researchers must work in the fields of social work, psychology, communication, community & international development, or anthropology. Sponsored by the North American Division and General Conference of Adventists as well as Andrews, this is a minor conference as part of the biannual Adventist Human-Subjects Research Association Conference.


The conference’s purpose, explains Gary Burdick, associate dean for research, is to “network Adventist researchers across North America, building relationships and partnerships that will enhance the professional careers of the participants while providing a place for them to share their research in the context of faith.”


The Office of Research & Creative Scholarship, which organizes ARC, notes that while some Andrews faculty will be involved in the event, most presentations will be by researchers outside of Andrews. They are especially looking for Adventist graduate students outside of Adventist universities, and encourage international students to send representatives. Abstracts are due at the beginning of 2015; an exact deadline will be announced later in 2014. For more details and updates about the conference, visit their webpage at andrews.edu/services/research/arc.


The first Andrews Research Conference (ARC) was held from May 7–11, 2014, focusing on early career researchers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math). The conference featured a mixture of academic presentations and social activities, with six presentation sessions spread over two days, as well as a message from Paul Brantley, NAD vice president, hiking, canoeing and volleyball, and a private viewing at the Andrews University Observatory. 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Dean's List Spring 2014

Date: June 25, 2014
 

Andrews University has announced the names of undergraduate students appearing on the dean's list for spring semester 2014. The following students have achieved a semester GPA of 3.5 or above with at least 12 credits, no incompletes and no grade below a B. There are 574 students on this list.

Aakre, Jayson P.
Abbott, Hannah E.
Abraham, Kristen J.
Abreu, Charles M.
Ahn, Joshua K.
Aka, Mariko D.
Alexander, Criston A.
Allen, Daniel G.
Allen, Rodney C.
Alvarez, Ada L.
Amaro, Amanda
Andersen, Sten D.
Anderson, Chelesia J.
Angellakis, Alexander A.
Anobile, Aurianna D.
Anthony, Rachel L.
Antonov, Alexandr
Anzures, Michelle C.
Arkusinski, Abigail A.
Ashton, Benjamen D.
Ataides, Kettlen Cristh P.
Atkins, Christiana D.
Babb, Zackery T.
Baek, Seongkyeong
Baez, Luz V.
Bailey, Kaydra A.
Bailey, Tiffany A.
Baker, Jeffrey P.
Baldwin, Bryan J.
Bankes, Emily-Jean E.
Baptist, Brandon M.
Baptist, Kaitlin E.
Bardan, Christian
Barnum, Alexandra I.
Barrett, Brendan C.
Barrett, Cynthia E.
Bartram, Taylor P.
Bastos, Linda
Battle, Alicia L.
Bauer, Khelsea V.
Bauer, Kylynda C.
Beisiegel, Amy S.
Benavides, Rafael A.
Benjelloun, Amir
Berger, Rocio
Bishop, Kristen M.
Bissereth, D'nedgyne
Bjelica, Aiyana C.
Blackmer, Alyssa L.
Blackwood, Merlique A.
Blahovich, Christina L.
Bonilla, Cindy I.
Borabon, Rhonalin Evy R.
Borges, Nathalie
Bornman, Madeline R.
Bosco, Alaryss M.
Bovee, Ryan Y.
Bradfield, Erica L.
Bradfield, Lyndon N.
Brassington, Connor L.
Breetzke, Ashley N.
Bresnahan, Melissa K.
Brown, Andrew J.
Brown, Anna C.
Brown, Donna M.
Brown, Kenreah L.
Browne, Charles A.
Buchholz, Adam E.
Bugbee, Anna L.
Burrill, Kristi L.
Butlin, James G.
Byun, Andrew
Caceres, Nestor M.
Caceres, Paola S.
Cadette, Philadelphia R.
Cady, David C.
Cady, Ilana J.
Calderon, Arleni M.
Calhoun, Jennifer L.
Calhoun, Stephanie L.
Cameron, Cecelia R.
Campbell, Seth T.
Carrington, Lisa J.
Carter, Pamela Y.
Cassell, Shane A.
Castang, Daniel A.
Castellanos, Lucero
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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Mobile Farm Market Begins

By Becky St. Clair

On June 9, 2014, the Mobile Farm Market, provided by the Andrews University Student Gardens, opened for business for the first time, selling fresh produce in Benton Harbor for six hours.

The farmer’s market on wheels is a program sponsored by the Andrews University Student Gardens and partially funded by a Michigan State grant as part of the Be Healthy Berrien initiative. In partnership with the Berrien County Health Department and Planning Commission, the YMCA, Lakeland Healthcare, the cities of Buchanan, Niles and Stevensville, and United Way, the Gardens will be helping host a mobile farm market at strategic locations within the county in an effort to bring affordable healthy food to the community.

“Berrien County has identified seven locations within its borders with a high concentration of low income families who have limited access to produce and groceries,” explains Stephen Erich, mobile farm market coordinator. “These areas are classified as food deserts.”

The food truck takes fresh produce to specific locations within the neighborhoods in these “food deserts,” and sells it to local families for affordable prices. The mobile farm market accepts Bridgecard food stamps, cash and credit/debit cards.

“Everything we’re doing is working toward making Berrien County a healthier place,” says Erich. “We’re not just providing local families with tangible things; we’re also helping to educate them. It’s about building community and taking care of our neighbors.”

The Gardens also have a local intern who accompanies them to the mobile farm market locations. The intern will learn how to operate the market so they can create similar programs in their own neighborhood, all while gaining business skills and work experience. The Gardens also have about 20 student employees during the summer, planting, tending, harvesting and delivering to those signed up for its produce subscription service.

In addition to the partnerships they’ve established through the county, each location for the mobile farm market represents a positive relationship with a local community center or church.

“Providing good, organic food to the community at an affordable price makes me feel good about what I’m doing,” says Arthur Mulyono, gardens manager. “I’m giving something back to my community and serving others. That’s what being a Christian is all about.”

Though the program is in an experimental phase this summer, if the response is positive they may do it again in the future.

“It’s a wonderful witnessing tool,” says Erich. “Health is emphasized a lot within the Adventist Church. It’s important for us as Christians and as young people within the Church to encourage healthy living and do what we can to provide that opportunity for those in our community who may not otherwise be able to manage it.”

To learn more about the Andrews Student Gardens and the mobile farm market, visit augardens.com and follow them on Twitter @berrienmarket and at facebook.com/AUagri.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Piper Archer Joins Fleet

By Melodie Roschman

Andrews University announces the addition of a new airplane to its Department of Aviation, bringing the school’s operational fleet to seven planes. The new plane, a single engine Archer TX, will be used by the department in its Aviation Flight program, which trains private commercial and airline transport pilots, and flight instructors as well as mission pilots.


A small crowd gathered on the tarmac on the morning of Wednesday, June 11, 2014 to watch the plane make its landing after a two-day flight from the Piper factory in Vero Beach, Florida. Despite a crosswind and rain earlier in the day, Duane Habenicht, chair of the Department of Aviation and the head pilot for the flight, brought the plane in for a smooth landing at 9:45 a.m.


As soon as the engines were stilled, the onlookers crowded around the new acquisition, eager to take in the plane’s 35.5-ft wingspan, run their hands along the blue-and-white paint job, and see the brand-new glass cockpit, the most exciting feature.


A glass cockpit is an instrument array that uses computer screens instead of traditional steam gauges—and this one, says Jared White, recruiting & marketing coordinator, means a crucial improvement to the flight training program. “It finally puts us at a competition standard with other aviation departments in the area. Having a brand new aircraft with an all-glass cockpit prepares us for the future, since that’s where aviation is going.”


The Piper Archer TX, a single-engine piston-powered trainer with four seats, is part of a move by the Department of Aviation to change to a Piper fleet from its aging Cessna fleet, which dates back to the 1970s. Andrews already owns a Piper Arrow and a twin-engine Piper Seminole, and another Piper Archer will arrive next month. “It’s on the assembly line now,” Jim Doran, chief flight instructor, says excitedly. “This is the first time we’ve had a new airplane since 1984. It’s a big deal; it means the University is invested in the program and they’re strongly supporting it.”


Pipers were chosen specifically, Habenicht explains, for financial reasons. Piper offered the University a package deal on the two new Archers, which were paid for through a combination of donations, selling older aircraft, and University support. Having a fleet consisting primarily of airplanes from one manufacturer will reduce overhead costs—and new equipment will save money in the long run. “It’s a nice, new airplane so things don’t have to be repaired as often,” says Darrel Penney, assistant professor of flight and co-pilot for the Archer’s first flight. “It’s a step into the future for Andrews.”


“I think it’s a great improvement to the fleet,” agrees William Stanley, chief dispatcher. “They’ve been needing this for a long time, so now the kids can get some really up-to-date training. The previous Cessna fleet, they’re good trainers, but they’re all over 30 years old….This is a Godsend to us.”

Thursday, June 12, 2014

June Board Report

By Melodie Roschman

Enrollment challenges and progress on the new Health & Wellness Center were highlighted at President Niels-Erik Andreasen’s board briefing held on Monday, June 2, 2014.

In the President’s Report, Andreasen reviewed notable news incidents on campus during the year and reaffirmed the University’s commitment to the fundamentals of good quality Adventist education before turning his attention to progress on the planned Health & Wellness Center. Fundraising is going well, he noted, stating that they now have raised about two-thirds of their $18 million goal in cash and pledges.

In the Provost’s Report, Andrea Luxton outlined progress on six strategic initiatives, asking “What Have We Done?” for each and then setting future goals. Each initiative focuses on a major theme: nurturing excellence in pedagogy and research, creating a strong and better-planned community, extending the reach of Andrews at all levels, maintaining spiritual foundations and growth on campus, ensuring financial resilience, and building a campus infrastructure that will support expectations for ten years in the future. She mentioned several practical accomplishments, including increased student and faculty publication, integration of Griggs University into Andrews University, and the development of several departmental service projects and social consciousness initiatives.

Vice President for Enrollment Randy Graves presented the board with the Undergraduate Enrollment Report, which addressed declining enrollment across the United States and at Andrews University. He began his presentation by noting that nationwide enrollment was down 2.3 percent across all sectors, and that Andrews is located in a region of the United States that is experiencing a decline in high school graduates. North American Division high school enrollment is at its lowest in ten years, with less than 3,500 students per grade, and a recent study indicates that only 7.8 percent of Adventists have children in the Seventh-day Adventist school system. All of these factors have contributed to Andrews experiencing lower than expected enrollment this year—a factor that led to $1.3 million less tuition than was originally budgeted.

In his briefing to the faculty and staff, Andreasen reviewed Graves’s recommendations for increasing enrollment in light of these statistics: offering new scholarships, making contact with Andrews easier and more congenial, and working harder to communicate with all interested applicants. He noted that, in a market where the average Adventist family income is decreasing and parents are focused on receiving maximum value for their money, the personal touch is vital. Andreasen encouraged faculty members to call prospective students offering information and assistance, and noted that he was spending the next few days hand-signing a thousand letters to accepted students. 

Andreasen also explained in his briefing how the enrollment decrease and an increase in fringe benefits, including medical expenses, affected the budget. Andrews did not go into debt this year, he explained, solely because “we are good bankers.” The return on University investments compensated for the deficit in operations.

Andreasen concluded his address by making reference to Andrews’s impact outside of the campus gates. He announced University participation in a 40-year partnership with Berrien County to improve local sewer and water lines with the ultimate goal of increasing the standard of living in the community. While this project represents a significant financial investment, he explained that the cost will not be problematic due to its spread-out nature, and emphasized the importance of Andrews University being “a good neighbor” to the community. Andreasen also made reference to what he called a flood of recent attention paid to LGBT issues prompted by the campus newspaper and two forums. While maintaining agreement with the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s official stance on the issue, Chair of the Board Ben Schoun reiterated Andrews’s commitment to creating an atmosphere of “care and compassion towards all students.”

The board also voted the following new appointments and changes in rank/position:

Staff Appointments

Renato Mejia, Graduate Marketing and Recruiting Coordinator; Darla Smothers-Morant, Student Success Advisor

Faculty Appointments

College of Arts & Sciences
Paul Matychuk, associate professor of English/interim director of Center for Intensive English Program, Department of English

Department of Agriculture
Jerry D. Harris, assistant professor, agronomic sciences

School of Business Administration
Quentin Sahly, assistant professor, Department of Accounting, Economics & Finance

School of Health Professions
Ryan T. Orrison, assistant professor/Foundation Science coordinator, Department of Physical Therapy; Tasha Simpson, assistant professor/blood banking, Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences

Change in Position
Andriy Kharkovyy, associate director, Alumni Services; Eric Paddock, Gymnics coach, School of Health Professions; Cindy Swanson, interim manager, Bookstore

Promotion in Rank
School of Health Professions
Ruth Abbott, professor emerita, Department of Nursing; Nancy Carter, professor emerita, Department of Nursing; Winston Craig, professor emeritus , Department of Public Health, Nutrition & Wellness; Marcia Kilsby, professor emerita, Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences; Albert McMullen, professor emeritus, Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences; Richard Show, professor emeritus, Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences

School of Education
Shirley Freed, professor emerita, Department of Leadership

Retirements
Richard Show, 28.5 years of service, Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences; Shirley Freed, 23 years of service, Department of Leadership; Winston Craig, 27 years of service, Department of Public Health, Nutrition & Wellness; Eileen Lesher, 30 years of service, Office of Graduate Enrollment; Delyse Steyn, 13.6 years of service, Department of Communication
 

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The Reflect Project

by Melodie Roschman

“If you could write a letter to your younger self, what would you say?” This is the question that commercial photographer and Andrews alumnus Trent Bell asks in “REFLECT: Convicts’ letters to their younger selves,” a 2013 portrait series that has since gained international recognition.

Bell, 37, received his master’s degree in architecture from Andrews in 2003, but soon decided he preferred commercial photography. He now lives in Biddeford, Maine, and works as a personal and architectural photographer, with work published in publications such as “Conde Nast Traveler,” “The New York Times,” and “Good Housekeeping.”

The decision to undertake “REFLECT” was motivated by personal circumstances. In early 2013, only a few days after his son was born, Bell received news that a friend of his, an educated professional with a wife and four children, had been sentenced to 36 years in prison. The news came as a shock and a wakeup call; a reminder of how quickly one bad decision could change his whole life.

“There were times when my son would look up and smile at me,” Bell reflects on his website, “and the finality of my friend’s situation would rush into my head and I would hear a cold thin voice say: ‘…there, but for the grace of God, go I…’”

With this in mind, Bell approached the Maine prison system with a proposal: he would photograph portraits of convicts, then have them write heartfelt letters to their younger selves, pre-crime, and superimpose the text over the portraits. He received permission, and in August 2013 he shot twelve portraits of inmates at Maine State Prison in Warren, Maine. After the photo shoot, he returned to the studio and spent hours painstakingly editing the photos and overlaying each man’s handwriting over his portrait.

“There was a moment when I first saw the text overlaid around the inmates and the project really came together,” Bell recalls. “It was an immediate realization that something powerful had been created.”

Bell printed the portraits to be almost life-size, and displayed them in a gallery showing in February 2014 at Engine Gallery in Biddeford, Maine, to overwhelmingly positive responses from family and friends of the subjects, as well as the general public. In a video on Bell’s website, visitors reflect on the portraits, describing them as “extremely powerful,” “very touching,” and bringing them “to tears.”

The father of “Brandon,” the youngest prisoner in the series, reflects that in viewing the gallery, “the biggest emotion [for me] is pride…[in light of] the mistake that my son made to get himself in prison—he’s done so many other things to help others in his situation, and as I see his portrait on the wall and the letter that he wrote, it’s sincere and it’s my son, it’s all him.”

The project has since been profiled by national and international newsagents in North America, the UK and Australia, and Bell plans to develop it into a documentary and possibly a further photo series applying the concept to other aspects of society.

“The goal of this project,” he explains, “was to encourage conversation; to create empathy, understanding and a heightened experience of standing in someone else’s shoes.”

View the whole project on Bell's website.
 

Thursday, June 5, 2014

New Chaplain Named

Following a comprehensive search process that included participants from the University, campus church, and Lake Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, Andrews University announces the selection of a new University Chaplain. June Price, currently the associate dean of Lamson Hall on the Andrews University campus, is already beginning a transition to her new role and will be fully engaged as University Chaplain on July 1, 2014.

“We are delighted to provide an opportunity for June to share with our entire campus community the spiritual gifts and leadership she has so effectively honed and demonstrated over the last decade in her ministry to Lamson residents,” says Frances Faehner, vice president of Student Life at Andrews University and chair of the Search Committee.

Price graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, Tennessee. She also holds a master’s degree in counseling with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy, also from SAU. Prior to her arrival at Andrews in 2006, Price was the women’s dean at Bass Memorial Adventist Academy in Mississippi, where she also taught Bible and psychology. Previously she served as a school counselor and practiced as a clinician providing individual as well as marriage and family therapy.

During her tenure in Lamson Hall, Price designed a host of vibrant initiatives to help residents deepen their relationship with God. Students as well as colleagues have found Price to be a valued and trusted spiritual mentor.

“June brings the heart of a pastor, the skills of a dean and the passion of a spiritual leader to her new calling,” says Dwight Nelson, senior pastor at Pioneer Memorial Church at Andrews University. “We're excited about this new chapter and eager to partner with our new lead chaplain.”

Price fills this role following the departure of Chaplain Japhet De Oliveira, who left the position last January to pastor in Boulder, Colorado.

“My passion in life is the pursuit of God and His transforming power in our lives through changing the way we think,” says Price. “I am humbled and honored to serve the family of God as chaplain at Andrews University, and I pray that the Father will make me useful and pleasing to His Kingdom agenda.”

“Please join us in prayer and support for Chaplain Price and the Campus Ministries team as we work together in pursing God’s dreams and plans for Andrews University,” says Andrea Luxton, provost.

To learn more about Campus Ministries at Andrews, visit andrews.edu/cm.
 

Renaissance Kids Architecture Camp

Andrews University School of Architecture, Art & Design invites the community to register soon for its annual Renaissance Kids summer program in which kids ages 5–15 are provided with fun, creative and educational hands-on activities relating to architecture. Space is limited and the first session begins next Monday, June 9.
The theme this summer is “Design for All People” and will encourage kids to place themselves in the shoes of architects who cater to clients’ unique needs. Architects realize the vast array of differences between people and must be able to accommodate everyone. Renaissance Kids participants are encouraged to use their imagination to problem-solve, draw and build throughout the program.

“I look forward to the annual challenges of developing a new and unique curriculum for the sessions of varied age groups,” says Mark Moreno, associate professor of architecture, and developer/director of Renaissance Kids.

During the event, guests will attend the class to serve as ‘clients’ for which the students will design. If you or someone you know are interested in volunteering to be a ‘client’ for this event, contact Moreno at 269-932-5055 or mmoreno@andrews.edu.

This year the Krasl Art Center has approved two projects in which Renaissance Kids attendees will be involved. The first is a memorial art installation that will involve kids in each session. The second is this year’s build project for Session 7 kids; a sitting space of benches and a bench swing hanging between masonry piers.

The camp will be held at the architecture building, located at 8435 E. Campus Circle Dr. The event schedule is as follows:

Session 1: June 9–13, 8:30 a.m.–12 p.m., ages 7–9, $150
Session 2: June 9–13, 1:45–5:15 p.m., ages 10–12, $150
Session 3: June 16–20, 8:30 a.m.–12 p.m., ages 10–12, $150
Session 4: June 16–20, 1:45–5:15 p.m., ages 7–9, $150
Session 5: June 23–27, 8:30–11:30 a.m., ages 5–6, $150
Session 6: June 23–27, 1:45–5:15 p.m., ages 7–9, $150 (held at Krasl Art Center in St. Joseph, Mich.)
Session 7: July 7–18, 9 a.m.–4 p.m., ages 12–16, $270 (week 1 held at Andrews University, week 2 location to be determined for hands-on construction project)

“Renaissance Kids is an absolute joy to operate,” says Moreno. “My staff and I get to watch the kids imaginatively create designs and take on educational challenges all while having fun. The kids get to draw, build and create in a friendly environment. Together, we get to build lasting memories and produce artifacts in the community landscape that could last for generations.”

For more information and registration forms, visit andrews.edu/go/renaissancekids.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Professor Creates Early Math Assessment Test

by Becky St. Clair

Nadia Nosworthy, assistant professor of education and developmental psychology, recently completed her doctoral thesis, a project that yielded a math skills assessment test for children as young as five.

“The test can be used even with kindergarten students, and it already shows a promising predictability for future math performance,” explains Nosworthy. “Students who do well on this test tend to do better later on in math.”

With a background in elementary education, Nosworthy felt a strong desire to create a project that would benefit both students and teachers. She wanted to develop a tool that was user-friendly, efficient, low-cost and reliable. Right now there are not very many standardized tests for math in general, and those that are available tend to test higher level skills.

“You have to start with the basics,” says Nosworthy. “Math is an accumulative skill. For example, we know kids have to know letters and their sounds before they can comprehend words and sentences. Current math skills tests are basically asking kids to read sentences before we’ve taught them letters. You have to start from the beginning.”

Nosworthy developed the test alongside her colleague at the University of Western Ontario in Canada, Daniel Ansari, Canada Research Chair in developmental cognitive neuroscience. The test was created partially based on the idea that developing countries needed a way to administer a math skills test without a computer. Once completed, the project was piloted in Cambodia, India, Kenya, and The Gambia.  During the 2011–2012 school year the test was used in seven Canadian schools, with hopes of stretching that number to 30 this coming fall.

“Best case scenario, in two years we’ll have better indicators as to the effectiveness of this test in predicting future math achievement,” says Nosworthy. “More than likely, however, it will take several years, since the kids who have already taken the test in kindergarten need to continue to demonstrate their math skills before we can see if their initial test scores were able to accurately predict their later abilities.”

The two-minute test has standardized instructions and two sections. The first section focuses on digits and recognizing how many each number symbolizes, therefore testing a child’s ability to acknowledge which digits are bigger and which are smaller. The second section tests a child’s ability to estimate and compare quantities by showing them boxes of dots to compare and asking them to indicate which box contains a greater number of dots. The test is available for free online at www.numeracyscreener.org.

Math anxiety is a piece of the puzzle Nosworthy is very interested in adding to the project, in an effort to measure the relationship—if any—between how well students do with arithmetic and how well they do on the test.

“I’ve administered this test over 100 times and the response has always been positive,” she says. “They see it as a fun game, rather than a test. But when you pull out the equations and arithmetic that’s when some children start tensing up and lose interest.”

A study in the fall will begin working with teachers to help them learn more about how to intervene when they notice a student struggling in math.

“The way we educate teachers about math instruction has to change,” says Nosworthy. “When they are excited to teach something, the students get excited. It’s also true that if they are not excited to teach something, the students pick up on that and they are not excited to learn it. We do a disservice to students when this happens.”

Although the teachers who will be working with Nosworthy and Ansari in the fall are all within the Canadian system, plans are in the works to include U.S. teachers soon.

Nosworthy also stresses that kids who understand numbers and their relationships before kindergarten have a much better advantage than those who don’t.

“You don’t have to teach arithmetic to start working math into your child’s everyday language,” she says. “Ask them to hand you two apples, not ‘some.’ Help them count the cars along the road as you drive. Get them used to number language early.”

Recent research has shown that math and literacy work together and should be considered equally valuable.

“Math is just as important as reading,” says Nosworthy. “Perhaps we tend to believe that to be independent you have to read and write so we focus on language literacy more than math. But we have to start acknowledging that developing math skills is just as important as literacy skills. Numbers are important, too. And they can also be exciting.”
 

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Professor Edits Book on Biblical Leadership

by Becky St. Clair

Leadership probably isn’t what we think it is, at least according to the Bible.

That’s the surprising conclusion many readers will draw from a new book edited by Skip Bell, professor of leadership studies and director of the Doctor of Ministry program at the Andrews University Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary. "Servants and Friends: A Biblical Theology of Leadership" was released in May by Andrews University Press.

The book is intended to fill a large void in Christian leadership studies, according to Bell.

“Leadership is getting a lot of attention from society and the church,” Bell says. “As culture trends toward fragmentation, we want to know how to navigate, and to find or develop people who provide helpful leadership within their context. Society often looks to the current roster of motivational speaker celebrities or to what is trending in secular pop psychology. But the body of Christ—followers of Jesus, serving in the community, the workplace, as in the church and its institutions—must look seriously and deeply to the Bible.”

Bell notes that Christians studying leadership have long considered the case studies of many Biblical figures and drawn helpful homiletical lessons. But there has been very little work that has addressed the foundational theological meaning that Scripture has to offer, and that is what Bell and his colleagues have done in "Servants and Friends."

Bell began organizing the project in 2010. He brought together a large group of his Seminary colleagues with specialties in various areas of biblical studies and systematic and applied theology. They envisioned a book that would closely examine biblical language and concepts in the various natural divisions of Scripture, section by section. They also would select some of the major narratives and characters for further theological study.

The final roster of contributors for the book includes the following: Bell, C. Adelina Alexe, P. Richard Choi, Jo Ann Davidson, Richard M. Davidson, Jacques B. Doukhan, Roy E. Gane, Robert M. Johnston, R. Clifford Jones, Jiri Moskala, Stanley E. Patterson, Paul B. Petersen, Thomas R. Shepherd, all from Andrews University; Barry Gane from Avondale College (New South Wales, Australia); Jon Paulien and Sigve K. Tonstad from Loma Linda University (California); Leslie N. Pollard from Oakwood University (Huntsville, Alabama); Bernard J. Sauvagnat, an Adventist pastor from France; Douglas Tilstra from Southern Adventist University (Collegedale, Tennessee); and James R. Wibberding, an Adventist pastor from Idaho.

The result of their work is a highly readable book of 21 chapters in 450 pages that is easily accessible to the educated church member, and specifically useful as a textbook, according to Ronald Knott, director of Andrews University Press. Knott noted that each chapter concludes with a reflection section that provides helpful questions for applying the content to one’s personal life and to situations in organizational leadership.

“Bell did an outstanding job of seeing this dream through to completion,” Knott said. “It’s been a long process, and sometimes he may have thought we at the Press were just being difficult. But he never gave up. Being the general editor of a book with so many different contributors is a daunting task. Sometimes general editors take shortcuts, and try to push difficult matters of editorial consistency back onto the publisher. But from the beginning, he knew what his job was and he fully embraced it. Every publisher could wish for general editors like him.”

Bell has been a member of the Seminary faculty at Andrews University since 2000. He is the founding director of the University’s Christian Leadership Center and holds a DMin degree from Fuller Theological Seminary. His primary professional focus has been in leadership and administration, and he is a frequent presenter at professional meetings, helping organizations focus on vision and leadership. Before coming to Andrews, he worked for many years as a local pastor and regional church administrator for the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Knott said the Press expects "Servants and Friends" to be well received as a landmark publication in Christian leadership studies. For starters, it will be the focus of the pre-session of the 4th Annual Andrews University Leadership Conference, to be held July 26–28, 2014. It has also received generous praise from those who have seen the work prior to publication.

Thomas F. Tumblin, dean of the Beeson International Center and professor of leadership at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky, wrote: “I highly recommend 'Servants and Friends' to students and practitioners whose hearts crave the sacred integrity of leadership grounded in the love of God and neighbor.”

Brian C. Richardson, chair of the Department of Leadership in the Billy Graham School of Missions, Evangelism and Ministry at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, wrote, “The authors demonstrate that true spiritual leadership is more than the practice of certain principles, but is also a part of the ‘spiritual pursuit.’  For those engaged in spiritual leadership and management this book provides a vital foundation.”

"Servants and Friends: A Biblical Theology of Leadership" is available now in print and digital editions from major online book retailers, and in print directly from Andrews University Press at universitypress.andrews.edu.

Andrews University Press is the only regularly established academic publishing house to serve the Seventh-day Adventist Church worldwide. It publishes academic and professional books that make important contributions to understanding in their respective disciplines and to the mission and purpose of Andrews University.

 

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Student Gardens Offers Subscriptions

The Andrews University Student Gardens is gearing up for another season of their Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. The program, which will run from early June through mid-October, allows community members to sign up for a weekly delivery of fresh local produce brought right to their door.

Each basket includes at least six types of fresh produce selected from more than 120 varieties, such as tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, broccoli, corn, kale, carrots, beans, onions and cucumbers. As add-on options, subscribers can also receive deliveries of fresh flowers and fruit, all grown in the Andrews University Student Gardens. The fruit basket includes blackberries, raspberries, apples, peaches and melons as seasonally available. Cut flowers or potted bouquets are offered as seasonally available. Herbs may also be included as they are available, such as basil, chives, mint, oregano, sage and more. Weekly newsletters accompany the baskets with fresh recipes and helpful information.

Delivery is free within a 20-mile radius of the Andrews University campus and will arrive on Thursdays. Those who prefer may pick up their share on Fridays at the local farm stand on Old U.S. 31 next to Neighbor to Neighbor.

Prices for participation in the CSA program for 18 weeks of delivery are as follows:

Full share of produce: $600
Medium share: $450
Solo share: $350
Flowers: Additional $60
Fruits: Additional $120

For information and to sign up for the CSA program, visit augardens.com, call 269-471-6006 or email info@augardens.com.
 

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Student Films for AFM in Benin

by Becky St. Clair

Alex Swensen, junior documentary film major at Andrews University, served as a student missionary with Adventist Frontier Missions (AFM) during the 2013–2014 school year. Based in Berrien Springs, Michigan, AFM recruits one University student each year to serve as a videographer and photographer for specific projects they maintain around the world.

“My role is to assist them with video production,” says Swensen. “I’m currently working on three films. I’ve filmed them all and am now sitting in a little room editing film 40 hours a week.”

AFM uses videos as promotional material to demonstrate to potential and current donors what they are doing with donor money. The missionaries on the ground write stories to keep donors updated, but Swensen points out that there’s something about a visual medium used to tell stories that allows one to see the story unfolding that is much more powerful.

On a recent AFM trip to Benin, Swensen filmed two projects focusing on the Dendi and Odamari people. These communities are animistic and ritualistic with a strong Muslim influence, so reaching them with Christianity is a challenge.

“Benin is thought to be the birthplace of Voodoo,” says Swensen. “They utilize strange ritualistic sacrifices, witch doctors, talisman, and other heathen practices. There is a basic Muslim dislike for Christians in general within these communities, and a lot of supernatural issues going on. It’s interesting and sometimes frightening.”

After months of scripting the film project and contact with the missionaries on-site, Alex traveled alone to Benin with four checked bags, each weighing 50 pounds, and several carry-ons.  His trip was scheduled to last one month, during which time he was expected to gather enough footage to create three 30-minute productions.

“Any time I wasn’t sleeping or eating and it was light outside I was shooting,” he says. “There’s essentially no Internet there; although it does exist it rarely works, and when it does it’s extremely slow. It was an interesting change of pace for my life during that month.”

Lack of Internet was only one of several challenges Swensen faced while on this project. Weather, the language barrier, lack of showers, and hauling so much luggage on his own were also difficult. The dry season had just started and most days were around 90 degrees. Although there was water, it wasn’t heated, and “showers” were just buckets of cold water poured over one’s head.

“Also, I don’t speak French, which is the most commonly spoken language in Benin,” says Swensen. “I worked with translators and a few of the locals were able to speak a little English, but I essentially just learned enough French to tell people that I don’t speak French, and to greet people politely.”

The challenges were worth it, however, for the experience and the education.

“I love traveling,” says Swensen. “It’s a great experience to be able to learn about different cultures by immersing yourself in them: seeing the sights, getting to know the people, trying local foods. I thrive on new experiences. The opportunity to hear about life and the world from the perspective of the people of Benin was amazing.”

Now back in Berrien Springs, Swensen spends his weeks sifting through hundreds of hours of footage, pulling out clips and segments to tell a story in 30 minutes, three times over. The first of the three videos is completed and will appear on 3ABN on May 30 at 6 p.m. (ET), and will be released on DVD through AFM.

“I really enjoy the process of seeing something like this come together,” says Swensen. “Though it’s somewhat long and tedious at times, it’s a wonderful learning experience for both me and AFM.”

Though this was not his first time traveling for a film project, it was his first time traveling abroad for one. And while he does admit it’s not work for just anyone, he encourages those who are interested to seriously consider working overseas for a mission organization.

“Do it,” he says. “It will totally change your outlook and perspective on life and you will be a better person because of it. You will learn a lot about yourself, other people and God.”

Once he finishes his film degree, Swensen hopes to work for the Adventist Church, helping to enhance the way the Church uses media to reach young people.

“What would happen if the Adventist Church took advantage of the fact that so many young people are spending so much time in front of technology?” asks Swensen. “What if they added to the mix something engaging with underlying positive messages and morals? It would change the world. I want to be a part of that change. I feel God has called me to do that. And I’m happy to do any other bits of good I can in the meantime on my journey there.”

For more information on AFM and their work in Benin and around the world, visit afmonline.org. For updates on Swensen’s Benin and other film projects, visit his website at alexswensen.us.
 

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Envision Magazine Wins National Awards

by Becky St. Clair

Envision, a regular publication produced by the Andrews University Department of Communication, was recently named the best mobile publication in North America by the Associated Church Press (ACP). The award was announced at the oldest and largest Christian Press Association's annual awards banquet, held in Chicago on April 25.

Envision’s prestigious "Best in Class" honor was one of five awards won by the Andrews University student publication from among 1,200 entries submitted for judging in the yearly Best of the Christian Press Awards 2013.

“We are indeed proud of the achievements of Debbie Michel and her students,” says Keith Mattingly, dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at Andrews University. “Particularly nice is the involvement of our students and their deserved recognition.”

Other award-winning entries by the student-produced magazine are:

  • Award of Excellence for Student Publications (entire Envision staff)
  • Award of Excellence for Reporting and Writing: Feature Article, short format magazine ("Uncalled For? Women in the Seminary" by Melodie Roschman)
  • Award of Merit for Reporting and Writing: Personally Useful Article ("Don't Follow Your Dreams: How to be Miserable, Waste Time and Live an Unsatisfying Life" by Melodie Roschman)
  • Honorable Mention: Art/Design/Graphics: Design Spread or Story ("From Fear to Eternity" spread by Kristiana Mitacek)

In addition to the printed version of the magazine, Andrews alumnus Kenty Ramdatt designed the mobile app, available on iOS and Android devices.

“This is truly a great achievement,” says Duane McBride, chair of the Department of Behavioral Sciences and research professor of sociology. “We are all benefitted as Andrews faculty and students are recognized for their creative achievements.”

Envision magazine is produced jointly each spring among three classes: Publication Production in the Department of Communication, photography students of Dave Sherwin, assistant professor of photography and design students of Diane Myers, assistant professor of graphic design & digital media, both in the Department of Visual Art & Design.

"This project is truly a team effort," says Carey Carscallen, deanof the School of Architecture, Art & Design. "Without any one of these components we would not have this amazing magazine. These awards are a well-deserved affirmation of the hard work and professionalism of all of our faculty and students, in both departments."

For more information on the publication, visit andrews.edu/envision

Monday, May 5, 2014

Center for Reading, Learning and Assessment Receives Grant

By Eloise Ravell

The Andrews University Center for Reading, Learning and Assessment (UCRLA) recently received a grant from Versacare to cover the costs of providing interventions and learning opportunities to disadvantaged reading- and language-challenged individuals. With this project, Andrews can contribute even more to both the local community and local Seventh-day Adventist schools.

The UCRLA addresses learning- and reading-skill needs through classes and tutoring with services available to students, faculty, staff and the community. The center helps clients develop reading skills and provides classes for both individual and small-group support.

“There has always been a need for many people, both children and adults, to learn to read,” says Annie Lopez, consultant at UCRLA. “However, many do not have the means to pay for the service. We’ve tried to write requests for a grant, but got turned down time and time again. So we prayed and we started a fundraiser selling eggrolls to Andrews’ students, faculty and staff. We had great support.”

After ten years of being denied a grant, they finally received one from Versacare, an organization that annually distributes grants to various supporting ministries and other qualified organizations primarily within the Seventh-day Adventist Church, which supplied computers, laptops, projectors, books, software and proper licensing for the program.

“We want to be able to offer these services to more individuals, so that even the poorest can afford it,” continues Lopez. “We will now be able to do assessments and determine what the individual needs at a lower cost.”

This grant will allow the center to continue to provide quality care without struggling to make ends meet.

“I am both very grateful and humbled that God answered our prayers,” says Lopez. “He is a miracle-working God and He knows the needs of individuals who ask for help. It is my desire that the people we serve will understand God’s will for their lives as the world of reading is opened to them.”

Leadership Program Students Present Projects

By Eloise Ravell

On April 14, 2014, Andrews University held the Undergraduate Leadership Certificate and Minor Celebration to honor students who completed their Leadership Program requirements.

Students receiving their leadership certificate completed the Fundamentals of Leadership class, engaged in the Leadership practicum every semester, were involved in a Leadership Development project, created a portfolio from leadership implications in their classes and completed their Change Project. There were four students who received a minor in leadership in which they completed three additional classes including Creative Problem Solving, Introduction to Coaching and Theories of Leadership.

“The Change Project is essentially a two-credit course in which students identify something that they believe ought to be different and set out to make it happen,” says David Ferguson, director of Undergraduate Leadership Development.

Students have to lead some sort of change using problem solving and creative thinking to better something in their community.

“I started a language program at the Crayon Box, the child care and preschool center at Andrews, to emphasize language development,” says Kristin Wolfer, a speech-language pathology and audiology student working on her leadership certificate. “Often times, speech-language pathology and audiology is associated with only speech disorders, and people do not realize the importance of language development in young children.”

Ferguson explains that the leadership program helps propel students into their chosen field and sets them apart from individuals with no leadership experience.

“The honest truth is, the world around us is starving for people who can impact their surroundings and lead,” say Ferguson. “Leadership is a delivery system for whatever your ‘big deal’ is. Being a great leader with no mission, no vision, no big ‘something,’ has no direction. Being a great leader with a flimsy ‘something’ just takes people to the wrong place more efficiently.”

The leadership program not only encourages students to do what they love, but it gives the students an advantage in the workplace with their leadership experience.

“In my perspective, the leadership program is designed to teach young adults the importance of leadership and the concept of individualization,” says Wolfer. “The program was beneficial because it showcased a variety of leadership styles and it was encouraging to see the future of young leaders in our institution.”

Being an effective leader allows students to reach their educational and professional goals along with pursuing what they are passionate about.

“Part of it is to help our students dig around in who they are, what God is calling them to be, what they’re passionate about,” continues Ferguson. “We don’t just want students to graduate from Andrews capable of holding a job. That’s not enough. We want them to graduate Andrews pursuing a life that, in another 10 years, they will look back at and say, ‘This is the life I was meant to live.’” 

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Andrews Collects 10,000 Pounds of Electronics

Green Earth Electronics Recycling would like to thank Andrews University and the local community for keeping over 10,000 pounds of electronic waste out of our local landfills in 2014.

Last week Andrews University hosted an electronics recycling event that generated nearly 8,000 pounds.  In addition to hosting this community-wide event, the University has recycled over 2,000 pounds of electronics to date in 2014.

Thanks to everyone who supported this event. Recycling helps preserve the beauty of Southwestern Michigan and our lakeshores for future generations to enjoy.

Please join us again on September 10 for Andrews University’s fall recycling event. Andrews University’s 2014 goal is to save over 30,000 pounds of electronic waste from our local landfills. Help us reach this goal: mark your calendars now!

Green Earth Electronics Recycling, headquartered in St. Joseph, is a local company whose focus is to keep unwanted electronics out of the landfill by using the best practices in information destruction and recycling. Their services include corporate and institutional pickups as well as community drop-off events. For more information please call 269-326-1232, visit www.GreenEarth1.com or email pickup@GreenEarth1.com.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Graduation Weekend

Andrews University’s spring graduation will take place May 2–4. In order to provide more seating for graduates’ families, Commencement is split into three separate services by school/college. Please make note of when your graduate will be marching to ensure you attend the appropriate service.

Graduation weekend events begin Friday evening, May 2, with Consecration in Pioneer Memorial Church, and continues through the weekend, finishing with commencement services on Sunday, May 4. For details on the various weekend events and each program’s time and location, see below or visit andrews.edu/graduation.

June Price, associate dean of Lamson Hall, a women’s residence hall at Andrews, will offer the Consecration address titled, “Not So With You” on Friday, May 2, at 8 p.m. in Pioneer Memorial Church.

Price holds a master’s degree in counseling with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy from Southern Adventist University (Collegedale, Tenn.). She has been involved in education for many years, teaching religion at the secondary level and psychology at the college level. Price has been at Andrews University for eight years.

On Saturday, May 3, Daniel Jackson, president of the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists, will present the Baccalaureate address for both the 9 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. services. His presentation for the first service is titled “Beautiful in Time” and for the second service he will present “Just Do It!”

Jackson was elected as president of the North American Division in 2010 by delegates of the world church. A native Canadian, Jackson is a graduate of Canadian University College (Lacombe, Alberta), and has lived and ministered in Canada with the exception of five years of service in the Southern Asia Division of Seventh-day Adventists. He also holds a master’s degree in systematic theology from Andrews.

Additional departmental services are planned for Friday and Saturday. They are as follows:

Friday, May 2
School of Business Administration’s Ethics Oath Ceremony
11 a.m., Garber Auditorium, Chan Shun Hall

Teacher Dedication Service
5 p.m., Andrews Academy Chapel

Saturday, May 3
Seminary Dedication Service
4 p.m., Seminary Chapel

Department of Religion & Biblical Languages Senior Dedication
4 p.m., Newbold Auditorium, Buller Hall

Department of Nursing Pinning Ceremony
5 p.m., Pioneer Memorial Church

Department of Public Health & Wellness Dedication Service and Reception
5 p.m. Howard Performing Arts Center lobby

Department of Social Work Recognition Service
5:30 p.m. University Towers Auditorium

Open House for Architecture Graduates
6 p.m., School of Architecture, Art & Design Resource Center

Vespers tribute to parents, faculty and students
8:30 p.m., Pioneer Memorial Church

President’s reception for graduates & families
Immediately following vespers (9:15 p.m.), Great Lakes Room, Dining Services, Campus Center.

On Sunday, May 4, Eric Rajah, co-founder of A Better World and president/owner of Advanced Systems, will be the speaker for the first and second Commencement services at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. in Pioneer Memorial Church. His address is titled “Imagine It Better.” Rajah will be receiving an honorary Doctor of Laws during the second Commencement service.

Born in Sri Lanka, Rajah was able to attend a community school administered by a group of Alberta missionaries who had visited in the late 1940s, where he was able to learn English. After his family moved to Canada, Rajah studied business at University of British Columbia and graduated from Canadian University College in 1981. As co-founder of the Alberta-based volunteer-run aid organization A Better World, Rajah and his team have developed projects that have met a range of needs and enlisted the services of various volunteers and experts to train workers in the community. Its focus has been on investing in the future of people in need in developing countries by providing education, health, food security, infrastructure and income-generating projects. By 2005, A Better World had expanded to 15 countries and launched a youth division that works with schools and universities to engage the next generation of community leaders. In recognition of his contribution to society, Rajah was inducted into the Alberta Order of Excellence in 2011, the highest honor the Province of Alberta can bestow upon a citizen.

B. Lyn Behrens, retired president and CEO of Loma Linda University Adventist Health Sciences Center (Loma Linda, Calif.), will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Science during the first Commencement service at 8:30 a.m. Born in Cooranbong, New South Wales, Australia, Behrens did her medical training at Sydney University School of Medicine, earning her degree with honors in 1964. That same year she began her postgraduate rotating internship at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney. Two years later, Behrens became the first and only pediatric resident at LLU, and in 1986 she became the first woman dean of the School of Medicine at LLU. She was also the first woman to serve as president of LLU, a role she assumed in 1990. Five years later she became CEO of Adventist Health System/Loma Linda while maintaining her position as University president. In 1999 she became president of LLU Medical Center, retiring in 2008 with the distinction of being the longest-serving president in the institution’s 103-year history.

Dana Wales, managing principal at Wales & Associates, will be the featured speaker for the 2 p.m. Commencement service on Sunday, May 4. His address is titled, “Now That You Have Your Feathers…”
Wales graduated from Andrews Academy and Andrews University, then studied economics at the University of Michigan. Since 1987, Wales has been the owner and president of Wales & Associates, a wealth management practice located in St. Joseph, Mich. He currently serves on the University’s Board of Trustees and President’s Advisory Council for Institutional Development, as well as the Board of Trustees for both Lakeland Health Foundation and the Center for Youth Evangelism.
 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Students Explore Peru

By Eloise Ravell

The Andrews University department of Behavioral Sciences recently offered a study tour to Peru for students completing courses in cultural psychology and world religions.

Charles Teel, professor of religion and society at La Sierra University in Riverside, Calif., became interested in early Seventh-day Adventist missionaries Fernando and Ana Stahl, who were trained as nurses at the Battle Creek Sanitarium in Battle Creek, Mich. in the early 20th century. The Stahls founded schools, clinics, chapels and markets in Peru and empowered the Peruvians with the necessary skills to become independent from their oppressing leaders. Teel and Herbert Helm, professor of psychology at Andrews, led the trip this year, which followed the footsteps of the missionaries.

Peru, with its biological diversity, provided the students with the opportunity to experience various climates by traveling from the Pacific Ocean on the west coast, through the Andes Mountains and to the Amazon on the east side of the country.
“In just one week we traveled to four different cities in Peru, in which we were able to compare the culture of each city,” says Christina Wolfer, marketing major and a junior at Andrews. “It’s crazy because even though you are still in the same country, every city was distinctively different in how the people lived.”

The trip takes place every other year and is tied into what the students have learned in their classes. Students travel to Lima, Peru’s capital, and Cusco, along with Machu Picchu, the Amazon and Lake Titicaca, the largest lake in South America. This year, the 25 students rode horseback through the hills of Cusco and explored Inca ruins including Templo de la Luna, or Temple of the Moon, and Coricancha, Temple of the Sun. Also in Cusco, they saw the statue of Cristo Blanco, which overlooks the city.

“Because this isn't the first time the school has organized the Peru trip, we could go having confidence that our leaders knew what to expect and they would help us become aware of all the details that we would not otherwise know,” says Wolfer. “Also, because the leaders organized everything, it gave us a ‘go with the flow’ mentality, which took off the pressures of planning and helped create a better experience for us.”

At Lake Titicaca in Puno, the group saw the famous floating islands of the Uros people, who originally created the islands to prevent attacks from their Inca neighbors. In Lima, students explored cathedrals, including the Monastery of San Francisco, the Plaza Mayor and the Cathedral of Lima. They also took a bus tour around the city and visited the more upscale area of the city where El Parque del Amor, or the Park of Love, resides. In recent years, the group was able to visit the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) at its Lima location.

Students traveled to Belen, sometimes dubbed the “Venice of the Amazon” because of the houses along the river, and took a boat tour through the village, which, although the name implies otherwise, is very poor. The group stayed in a lodge in Iquitos and was able to interact and observe animals in the area such as monkeys, snakes and birds.

“For those who want to get up early enough, we often go out and do a morning look for birds and dolphins,” says Helm. “This year was just phenomenal. We saw a lot of pink dolphins. We saw three come up together at one point.”

Besides the opportunity to experience nature, the Amazon also provided a window of insight into a different world.
“In the Amazon we visited some villages and saw the way people lived, which was entirely different from anything I have ever experienced,” says Wolfer. “The people there live on barely anything, but are still the happiest people in the world. It showed me that I have so much to be appreciative of in my life and influenced me to want to make a difference to help those who have very little.”

The group not only had a learning experience on this study tour, but also was able to visit many of the highlights of the country in a single week.

“I tell the students,” says Helm, “‘You’re going to get everything but sleep!’” 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Presentations on LGBT Issues

Andrews Joins Adventist Church in its Ongoing Study of LGBT Issues & Lives

This month Andrews University will take the opportunity, in a variety of settings, to reflect on and seek to better understand the issues surrounding the lives of LGBT individuals within our University community, within the church and throughout the world at large.

Recently, this conversation and search for understanding within our Seventh-day Adventist Church community centered on a March 2014 summit in Cape Town, South Africa, coordinated by the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.

As Andrews University reflects on the Cape Town summit on LGBT issues, and the University's own participation in and exploration of these issues in this variety of settings, President Niels-Erik Andreasen says, “In each of these significant conversations about these critical issues, and in those that will continue, throughout the world, our Church and this campus, it’s important that we seek to offer compassion and support for all members of our community. That process best begins with listening and understanding each other. I invite you to become a meaningful participant in this journey.”

The Cape Town summit, “In God’s Image: Scripture. Sexuality. Society.,” was attended by nearly 350 pastors, educators, behavioral scientists, theologians, church leaders and others. Among those attendees were five Andrews University representatives: Nicholas Miller, Roy Gane, Miroslav Kiš and Peter Swanson from the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary, and Steve Yeagley from the Division of Student Life.

In the context of this now global conversation, it’s important that Andrews University, as the flagship university of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, and especially as a community of faith and learning, also takes the opportunity for reflection that is marked by study, prayer, and direct and honest communication.

That has already begun in a variety of ways, and with a common understanding that these are each opportunities for information, bridge building, caring and support—all within the context of Andrews University’s support for the Seventh-day Adventist Church and its standards.

A short while ago, Nicholas Miller, one of the presenters at that Cape Town Summit, gave a report on the issues and discussions at Pioneer Memorial Church Sabbath School.

The discussion continued with the April 9 Student Movement, where our students, along with some faculty and staff, wrote articles and editorials that seek to better understand those with an LGBT orientation and the need for caring and support.

Finally, on the last two Saturdays of the month, there will be two public meetings that will explore LGBT issues in the context of the Seventh-day Adventist church and its standards, and in the context of the lives of those who face these issues.

First, on Saturday, April 19, our Student Life team is coordinating an event, facilitated by two of our faculty, which welcomes our students and community into a supportive environment where LGBT students can share their stories.

Then, on Saturday, April 26, all five of the Andrews representatives who attended the Cape Town summit will offer a panel presentation to discuss its impact on our church and the Andrews University community.

Details of those two presentations can be found below.

"A Conversation With LGBT Students"
April 19, 4 p.m., Newbold Auditorium, Buller Hall
Sponsored by the Division of Student Life

A facilitated Andrews University conversation with LGBT students that is focused on bridge building, listening, understanding and caring in a context that affirms the Church and its standards. Curtis VanderWaal, chair and professor of social work at Andrews University, and Nancy Carbonell, associate professor, Graduate Psychology & Counseling, will moderate this afternoon program.

It’s important to note that while this is not an event about advocacy or proposed changes to our church’s policy, it is one that is designed to be a supportive environment where Andrews University LGBT students can honestly and safely share their stories. Those of us who are not LGBT will have an opportunity to listen and learn from these students about their journeys.

“In God’s Image: Scripture. Sexuality. Society.”
Reflections from the Cape Town Summit
April 26, 5 p.m., Pioneer Memorial Church
Sponsored by the Division of Student Life

This panel discussion will feature Nicholas Miller, Peter Swanson, Miroslav Kiš, Roy Gane and Steve Yeagley, who participated and/or presented at the Adventist Church’s summit on LGBT issues in Cape Town, South Africa.

This panel discussion and presentation will review the studies, discussion and stories that were a part of that March 2014 summit, while also sharing and reflecting on the summit’s impact on our church and our own Andrews University community.

The Passion of Christ According to Matthew

by Becky St. Clair

On April 18 and 19 at 7 p.m., the Andrews University Department of Music presents a special Easter production, “The Passion According to Matthew” in the Howard Performing Arts Center. The event is free and open to the public, with donations welcome to assist in deferring costs of the production.

This musical play set to the music of Johann Sebastian Bach tells the story of the death and resurrection of Christ, straight from the Gospel of Matthew.

“The story portrayed is essentially verbatim from the Bible,” explains Charles Reid, associate professor of voice and producer of the performance. He also explains that intermingled with the story are lots of meditation points; opportunities to dwell on the story in a personal way before moving on.

“The idea of ‘stations of the cross’ is common in many other denominations, where participants take time to really think about different parts of the story of Christ’s death and resurrection and what they mean,” says Reid. “This is what the Andrews University annual Passion Play has strived to create as well. You get not only into what happens to Jesus, but how everything relates to the other characters in the story. It’s truly eye-opening.”

Reid explains that the biggest character in the production is the University Singers, as they really do the storytelling alongside the narrator, also called the evangelist. David Ortiz, sophomore music major, will play the role of evangelist. Deneile Clark, a student in the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary on the campus of Andrews University, plays the role of Jesus.

Something Reid and his cast and crew paid special attention to was allowing the audience to connect with the characters and, as a result, the story.

“We’re taking a lot of care to make the text into modern English so the audience doesn’t have to translate from King James English,” he says. “Instead of looking at the story of something that happened over 2,000 years ago, we’re looking at a story that’s relevant for now and we want everyone to look at it like it’s their story.”

“The Passion According to Matthew” is a completely student-run production. While Reid has served as director and producer, the costuming, lighting, staging and all other details have been student-led.

“I’m really excited about this project,” says Reid. “Wherever possible we’re using students. This is the purpose of a university environment—to give the students these opportunities for growth.”

A joint venture between the vocal/choral and symphonic areas, “The Passion” is a major department production involving many areas. After last year’s successful production of Mendelssohn’s “Elijah,” the department was encouraged to do another large performance involving multiple ensembles and soloists. Stephen Zork, associate professor of music for choir and voice, is conducting the choir, while Claudio Gonzalez, associate professor of music for orchestra and strings, is managing the instrumental aspect for the production.

Reid was inspired by “The Passion” early in his career when he was in the choir at Brooklyn Academy of Music. Director Jonathan Miller chose to perform this piece in a unique way, similar to how Reid is doing it this time.

“Out of the hundreds of performances I’ve done over the years, that set of performances remains an emotional high point,” Reid recalls. “I’ve never seen audiences so impacted in random ways. People realized things they weren’t used to noticing and were open to the story in a fresh way. That’s what I hope to accomplish here as well.”

Reid continues, “When you look at this story, little by little you see Jesus was very emotional. He actually got angry, afraid, frustrated, even angsty. Not things we usually associate with Jesus. So a piece like this, done how we’re doing it in a more contemporary setting, can have a strong impact on anyone, Christian or not.”

Art Student Featured in Local Exhibition

By Eloise Ravell

Lynda Lee, Andrews University undergraduate student studying visual arts and chemistry, was recently accepted into the Michigan Emerging Graduate Artist (MEGA) Juried Exhibition hosted by the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Collective of Kendall College of Art and Design at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts in Grand Rapids for two of her oil paintings completed this year. Lee was also one of three recipients of the Juror’s Choice award.

The exhibition showcases 21 regional artists who will display their work in media such as drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture and mixed media. It also allows newly working artists to expand their professional network in their field of interest.

The MEGA exhibition allows Lee and other artists to be officially introduced to the artist community and connect with professionals in the region. Networking is vital in an art career and is a means of building relationships with fellow artists and potential customers. It also is a way of obtaining information about gallery showings and creating a following of supporters.

“As a student, Lynda works incredibly hard and has pushed herself during the past two years that I have had her as a student,” says Kari Friestad, assistant professor of painting and drawing, whose work is also featured in the exhibition. “By participating in this state-wide show and being selected as a Juror’s choice from among BFA and MFA candidates, it has shown that Lynda’s work is at a high level of creative accomplishment.”

Lee, who plans to travel to South Korea upon graduation to teach English and give Bible studies, plans to attend Loma Linda University this coming fall to study dentistry. She is currently in her fifth and final year at Andrews. Lee submitted two paintings that she had been working on for her Honors Thesis Project, a yearlong project that seniors in the J.N. Andrews Honors Program must complete as part of their Honors requirements. 

“The two paintings that I submitted for the exhibition are part of a series of male portraits that attempt to explore the concept of connection and disconnection between the self and other identities,” explains Lee. “I am working with the idea that our identity is the result of being both separate and related to the other, which requires some degree of openness and vulnerability. Being vulnerable can often be a challenge and has always been and still is a personal struggle for me. I wanted there to be a lack of intimacy and tried to portray the individuals in my paintings as being withdrawn and introverted by averting their gazes as well as giving them a more contemplative and meditative mood.”

Lee was inspired by Dutch-born sculptor Hanneke Beaumont who creates pieces in which human figures seem to be neither male nor female in appearance and neither young nor old. The ambiguous nature of Beaumont’s figures represents universal ideas of how people relate to each other. The sculptor also works with the idea of separation and often creates groups of figures that are close enough to interact with each other, yet remain separate and withdrawn.

“I tried watercolor and a bit of acrylic painting in some of my art classes in high school, but I didn’t start working with oil paint until I took an intro painting class here at Andrews,” says Lee.

Her time at Andrews has enriched her experience as a painter and the MEGA exhibition has helped her become more confident in her artistic abilities.

“Andrews is not a large school, and there are only a handful of fine art students,” says Lee. “But I want to believe that this exhibition shows that if you’re focused, motivated and diligent in your work, you will get better at what you’re doing and be acknowledged.”

Lee feels blessed to have been featured in the exhibition and is grateful to be introduced into the artist community.

“Lynda is seriously committed to her work and a very gifted artist,” says Friestad. “It has been a wonderful experience having her as a student. I am excited to see what other opportunities might come her way as a result of her hard work.”

Andrews Electronics Recycling Day

Andrews University, in partnership with Green Earth Electronics Recycling, will hold its biannual electronics recycling event on Wednesday, April 23, from 3–7 p.m. Community members, businesses and residents from surrounding communities are encouraged to recycle their unwanted electronic items at the Andrews University Transportation building.

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 pickup@greenearth1.com or calling 269-326-1232.

Green Earth Electronics Recycling, headquartered in St. Joseph, Mich., 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 www.GreenEarth1.com or email pickup@GreenEarth1.com. 

Librarian Trains Others in Lebanon

by Becky St. Clair and Chandler Jordana

Felipe Tan, senior cataloger at the Andrews University James White Library, visited Middle East University in Beirut, Lebanon, earlier in March to host a workshop for the personnel of the George Arthur Keough Library. “The overall goal was to help the MEU personnel re-catalog the growing collection of Islamic, Arabic and theology collections of the library,” explains Tan. “I provided them with the know-how and tools to accomplish this task.”

The Dewey Decimal Classification is a commonly used scheme that, according to Larry Lichtenwalter, dean of the faculty of philosophy and theology at MEU, “scatters books under broad headings.” The Library of Congress Classification, however, has been designed for academic and research collections in specialized disciplines. It is used by most academic libraries in the United States and in several other countries. Lichtenwalter hinted at his own partiality towards the newly implemented system, emphasizing that it will make all of the holdings within his department easier to find.

Tan carefully initiated the re-cataloging process at the MEU Library. According to Lichtenwalter, he wanted Tan to reorganize the library collection to foster a more effective research environment for graduate and undergraduate students in anticipation of more cooperative programs with Andrews.

“Because of our close collaboration with Andrews University, especially in the School of Theology, it was advised that we transform our collection,” asserted Farid Khoury, head librarian, who also noted that the Library of Congress Classification is used by most American academic libraries. “Therefore,” continued Khoury, “in our last academic resource committee, we made the decision to start this process with the collection of the Faculty of Philosophy and Theology and the Institute of Arabic and Islamic Studies.”

Khoury additionally emphasized that this transition will serve as a “pilot step after which the overall process will be revisited and evaluated” and that the entire library would not be converted until the staff had experienced and evaluated the changes brought about by the switch firsthand.

“A decision will later be made as to whether we will use both the Dewey Decimal System and the LC Classification System for our library or if everything will be transformed into the latter scheme.”

Lyndi Khalil, assistant librarian, also participated in the workshop.

“Felipe was very professional and knowledgeable and helped us to consider things we didn’t realize needed to be considered,” says Khalil. “He would love to come back and visit our library and told us that he’s always available for email consultation should any future dilemmas occur.”

MEU is constantly seeking for innovative ways in which their facilities and infrastructure can be positively altered, however, the re-cataloging of the library archives of an entire faculty is exceptionally noteworthy because it would make MEU’s George Arthur Keough Library the first academic library in Lebanon to utilize the precise Library of Congress Classification System.

“I found the MEU library personnel intelligent and eager to learn,” says Tan. “I enjoyed the exposure to the culture of the Middle East and learned a lot from mingling with the people. The Lebanese are friendly, approachable and eager to learn and move forward. I was glad for the opportunity to help Middle East University.”

Monday, April 14, 2014

Lamson 'Lympics

by Becky St. Clair

“Every year we survey the residence hall women about their experience in the dorm throughout the year,” explains Jennifer Burrill, dean of women in Lamson Hall. “The results help shape what we do the following year. We’re always trying to improve on the year before.”

Two key factors in recent surveys have been residents interested in more of a feeling of friendship and community between them, and the cleanliness (or perceived lack thereof) in the community bathrooms.

“We came up with the idea for Lamson ‘Lympics in an attempt to hold the women accountable for their own living space and health, and to get them to focus on them long enough to make them a habit,” says Burrill.

The ‘Lympics had four categories: Care for This Place (keeping community areas, specifically the bathrooms, clean), Care for Myself (earning punches in their exercise cards), Care for My Community (nominating others for a Second Mile Card when doing something good for others), and Serve the World (participating in their hall’s community service project for the semester).

“The participation in our first ever ‘Lympics was pretty decent,” says Burrill. “When you start something new it’s always a toss-up whether or not it will catch on, but the women were interested and we were happy with the participation level.”

This is not the only self-improvement program Lamson Hall deans have instituted; every fall semester they run Catch a Wise Woman, where residents are encouraged to study out in the open. When caught studying in a public space, they are awarded a ticket, which is redeemable for items of varying value at the conclusion of the six-week period over which the program is run.

“It’s a very popular program,” says Burrill. “The women are purposeful about studying where others can see them and they love being able to redeem the tickets for hats, scarves, décor for their dorm rooms, etc.”

The winners of the Lamson ‘Lympics were announced over the loudspeaker during open house. First place went to 2NE, second place to 3NW and third place to 2SW. An additional award was added when the deans realized one individual had exercised every day of the event. That young woman was given a one-hour massage.

“We have ideas for the future to combine some of our several wellness initiatives,” says Burrill, “but our main goal is to encourage the students to focus on holistic healthy living.”

Student has Masterclass with Broadway Star

by Becky St. Clair

Earlier this year, Afia Asamoah, junior music and political science major and honors student, sent an audition recording to Southwest Michigan College, hoping to be accepted into an upcoming masterclass with Jason Robert Brown.

“I have been a huge fan of Jason Robert Brown since high school,” says Asamoah, “and my favorite of his musicals is ‘The Last Five Years’ and I love his ‘Songs for a New World’ song cycle.”

Brown, a prolific musical theater composer, lyricist and playwright, has won several awards and had his work produced hundreds of times around the world.

When Asamoah received word that she had been accepted and would be participating in the masterclass with Brown, she was thrilled.

“I literally screamed into a pillow and danced around my room,” she admits. “I was so excited and honored to be given the opportunity to perform for and learn from someone I admire.”

For a voice masterclass such as this one, Asamoah would stand on stage, introduce herself and the song she would be singing, and then perform. Following the performance, the expert critiques the singer.

“Basically they take apart the song to improve your overall performance,” she says. “The purpose is to help the student grow in their performance style and have the opportunity to perform in front of peers and experts.”

On March 20, Asamoah sang for a crowd of about 200 people while Brown stood in the back and observed. She chose to perform “Gimme Gimme” from Thoroughly Modern Millie by Jeanine Tesori.

When she finished the song, Brown came up on stage and, asking the accompanist to step aside, started playing, transposing the song into various different keys to play with Asamoah’s sound.

“He refined my performance in a few notable ways,” she says. “First, he helped me to internalize my character and properly convey the feeling and emotions. Secondly, he got me to open up my voice more in the ‘belter’ range which was a fun learning experience.”

Asamoah said Brown paid her many compliments, but “fantastic” and “gorgeous instrument” were some that stuck out the most, and were part of what made the whole experience unforgettable.

“I’m grateful to have talented, learned professors who are still compassionate and humble enough to work with me on an individual level and encourage me to succeed,” she says.

Though she doesn’t know for sure what she wants to do with her life, Asamoah has many high hopes for her future.

“I have many dreams,” she says, “but I just put everything in God’s hands and trust Him to work out everything for the best.”

Summit on Social Consciousness

By Becky St. Clair and Eloise Ravell

On April 9-13, 2014, Andrews University held its third annual Summit for Social Consciousness with the theme, “The Poor Next Door: Poverty in America.” Its objective was to inform the community of this chronic problem in our nation and to provide a means for students and community leaders to engage in social action. The symposium was designed to bring awareness and public education to the subject through the knowledge of different speakers and the opportunity to serve the community hands on.

Wednesday, April 9, the summit kicked off with Rachel Wade from United Way of Southwest Michigan who engaged attendees in a discussion on relevant facts regarding poverty in the country. In addition to the presentation, the audience had the opportunity to participate in a poverty simulation activity. Thursday, there was a documentary screening of “Inequality for All,” a film featuring former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich and directed by Jacob Kornbluth.

Friday, the University Vespers at Pioneer Memorial Church welcomed guest speakers Bonnie Bazata and Taurus Montogomery. Bazata spoke about the concept of “false generosity,” a form of giving without making any sort of sacrifice and how we need to break out of this un-Christ like pattern.

Saturday morning, the Howard Performing Arts Center held a church service featuring keynote speaker Timothy Nixon. Afterwards, breakout sessions were held in the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary. Guest speakers included Peter Lombardo, director of community involvement at the South Bend Center for the Homeless and professor emeritus at the University of Notre Dame and Joel Raveloharimisy, director of Community & International Development Program at Andrews, among others.

“I have a passion to serve the under-served,” says Lucie Randall, director of Neighbor to Neighbor during her presentation entitled “Price of Poverty.”

Neighbor to Neighbor’s mission is to follow Christ’s example by taking care of the poor and helpless. The organization has a total of 3,242 volunteers in the Michigan Conference of Seventh-day Adventists who contribute to more than 66,000 hours of service for the poor each year. In 2012, employment was at 9 percent in Berrien County and 34 perfect of the children in Michigan lived in families in which the parents were not employed. Neighbor to Neighbor seeks to help these families and provide resources for them.

“Poverty costs somebody somewhere something,” says Randall. “The best resources God has given us are not being utilized.”

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Professor Studies Manatees Around World

By Eloise Ravell

Daniel Gonzalez-Socoloske, assistant professor of biology at Andrews University, is currently in his first year of teaching at Andrews. He specializes in tropical mammal ecology and conservation and has been studying manatees for the past ten years.

Gonzalez-Socoloske graduated from Andrews in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science in biology with a zoology emphasis. He went on to receive his master’s degree in biology from Loma Linda University and later his PhD in ecology from Duke University.

His interest is how species adapt to their environment and the effect of both natural and human-induced habitat changes on their behavior. Because he works with threatened species, one of the primary outcomes of his research is to provide sound conservation strategies that are species- and location-specific based on the behavioral data he collects.

“I was one of those rare freshmen that went in thinking, ‘I want to do biology,’” he says. “I always wanted to pursue it because it was something that I genuinely loved.”

Gonzalez-Socoloske first became introduced to manatee research when he began working on his master’s degree at Loma Linda.

“I was always interested in wildlife and I was always interested in mammals,” he says. “It was just a matter of honing in on a particular animal.”

Manatees posed a beneficial area of study because of the lack of research that was currently focused on them outside of the United States. For his master's thesis, Gonzalez-Socoloske focused on the distribution and threats to manatees in Honduras. Now, his expertise lies within manatee research and his work has contributed to the advancement of study in this area. 

“I went in with a lot of preconceived ideas as to what manatees were and their behavior,” he says. “Through the years I’ve gained an awesome respect for these creatures and realized they are much more complex than I initially gave them credit for. They’re much more intelligent than people typically think.”

Not only did he have the opportunity to work with manatees in the U.S., Gonzalez-Socoloske traveled to more than five countries in Central and North America to further study the creatures. This summer he will be working on an island off of Cuba, Isla de la Juventud, which differs from the tannin-stained water of river systems with which he is used to working.

“Every location has unique challenges and you bond with the people there,” he says. “Each spot has its own charm.”

For his PhD work in feeding ecology, he focused on various aspects of manatee feeding ecology in the freshwater wetlands of Mexico. On-site, he and his team were able to capture the manatees, radio-tag them and track them to study their movements and behavior. The water levels at the site varied by almost 20 feet between the dry season and the wet season affecting the food availability of the herbivorous mammals. Although they are considered generalists with a wide variety of food they can eat, manatees are picky about what they consume.

With colleagues not only in Mexico, Honduras and Cuba, but Japan, Costa Rica and Panama as well, he seeks to continue his research and hopes to incorporate these studies into the classes he teaches at Andrews. One day, he hopes to bring graduate and undergraduate students on the trips as part of their coursework.

“Having a research program for students tremendously enriches their experience,” he says. “It opens their world to something larger than themselves, larger than their own unique goals.”

As far as his teaching career, Gonzalez-Socoloske says that his research creates a more concrete foundation to the concepts he teaches because of his real-world experience and application. 

“Students can see that we are teachers, but we are biologists as well,” he says. “They can see that we are part of a larger community of science and they can see what we are actually striving to do.”

One of the highlights from his research occurred in Tabasco, Mexico when he was concluding his data research for his PhD. It was the dry season when he and his team encountered an adult female separated from the other manatees, a highly unusual incident, as they are usually shy and hard to see.

After wading in the water for some time, the seven and a half foot manatee, later named Francisca, approached the team sociably and wanted to interact with them. The unique behavior of this manatee allowed the team to study her closely. Two years later, when Gonzalez-Socoloske returned to the site, Francisca was spotted in the very same area. 

“When you connect the local community to an individual creature like Francisca,” he says, “it was so amazing to see the transformation of how the people began looking out for her and there was an acceptance and an accountability that was built into having this experience with this animal.”

Gonzalez-Socoloske has not only grown attached to manatees, but continues to enjoy what he does for a living.

“Research was important to me early on,” he says. “To fall in love with science. I was already in love with nature. I enjoyed tremendously working with animals and being outside. Engaging in the research really helped me to enjoy the element of discovery and pushing the frontiers of our knowledge.”

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

2014 Summit on Social Consciousness

Andrews University invites you to attend its third annual Summit for Social Consciousness from Wednesday, April 9, through Sunday, April 13. This year’s symposium will focus on the theme of “The Poor Next Door: Poverty In America,” with the objective of informing the community of this chronic problem in our nation, and also providing a means for students and community leaders to engage in social action. All events are free and open to the public.

Michael Snyder’s 2010 article in the Business Insider about poverty in America, states that “The "America" that so many of us have taken for granted for so many decades is literally disintegrating right in front of our eyes…millions upon millions of Americans are slipping out of the middle class and into the devastating grip of poverty” (Snyder, 2010). It is our responsibility to explore the reasons behind this devastating fact and take action. The Summit on Social Consciousness is designed to bring awareness and public education to the subject through the knowledge of different speakers and the opportunity to serve the community hands on.

On Wednesday, April 9, at 6:45 p.m., the summit kicks off in the Pioneer Memorial Church Youth Chapel with Rachel Wade from United Way of Southwest Michigan who will engage attendees in a discussion on relevant facts regarding poverty in our country.  In addition to the evening’s presentation, the audience will have the opportunity to participate in a poverty simulation activity. On Thursday April 10, there will be a documentary screening of “Inequality for All” in the Newbold Auditorium in Buller Hall beginning at 7 p.m. 

The film features former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich and is directed by Jacob Kornbluth.  On Friday April 11, there will be a University Vespers held at Pioneer Memorial Church at 7 p.m. featuring special guest speakers Bonnie Bazata and Taurus Montgomery.  On Saturday April 12, a church service will be held at the Howard Performing Arts Center at 11 a.m. with Dr. Timothy Nixon as the keynote speaker, followed by afternoon breakout sessions held in the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University, beginning at 3 p.m. 

The breakout sessions will explore the different factors involved in increased poverty levels in the U.S. and will cover various topics addressing the social implications of poverty and economic inequalities.  Presenters for these sessions include the following: Joel Raveloharimisy, director of the community & international development masters program at Andrews University; Peter Lombardo from the Center for the Homeless in South Bend, Ind.; Twyla Smith, assistant professor of social work & director of field education at Andrews University; Lucy Randall from Neighbor to Neighbor; Nicholas Miller, assistant professor of church history at the Seminary and director of the International Religious Liberty Institute; and Sarah Kimakwa, reference & marketing librarian at the James White Library at Andrews University. 

Thursday, April 3, 2014

"Passion of Christ According to Matthew" Roundtable

Sunday, April 6, 3 p.m.
Buller Hall Student Lounge

Andrews University Department of Music invites the community to attend a special roundtable discussion event with the production team of the Easter performance of “Passion of Christ According to Matthew.” The roundtable will take place on Sunday, April 6, at 3 p.m., in the Buller Hall Student Lounge. It is free and open to the public.

Presented by the Andrews University Department of Music, “Passion of Christ According to Matthew” will take place Easter weekend, April 18 and 19, at 7 p.m. in the Howard Performing Arts Center. The “St. Matthew Passion” is traditionally performed as a concert work, set to the music of Johann Sebastian Bach and telling the story of the death of Christ straight from the Gospel of Matthew. The Department of Music uses this concert piece to present a fully staged modern drama.

The story is essentially verbatim from the Bible, and intermingled with the story are lots of meditation points—opportunities to dwell on the story in a personal way before moving on.

“The idea of ‘stations of the cross’ is common in many other denominations, where participants take time to really think about different parts of the story of Christ’s death and resurrection and what they mean,” says Charles Reid, associate professor of voice and producer of the performance. “This is what the Andrews University annual Passion Play has strived to create as well. You get not only into what happens to Jesus, but how everything relates to the other characters in the story. It’s truly eye-opening.”

David Ortiz, a sophomore music major, will play the role of evangelist/narrator. Deneile Clark, a student in the Seventh-day Adventist Seminary on the campus of Andrews University, plays the role of Jesus.

Something Reid and his cast and crew paid special attention to was allowing the audience to connect with the characters and, as a result, the story. Reid and student Aleks Kravig translated the piece from its original German into a more connectable, common American English, while still staying true to Bach’s intent with the language.

Not only is the dialogue more modern, the producers have also opted for a more contemporary, casual approach to costuming.

“Jesus didn’t get dressed up to be Jesus,” Reid points out. “He just wore clothes. Same for the disciples. Era-appropriate costuming adds another disconnect of that’s how it was ‘back then.’ We want this story to be as relatable as possible.”

A joint venture between the vocal/choral area of the department and the symphonic area, “Passion” is a major department production. Stephen Zork, associate professor of music for choir and voice, is conducting the performances, while Claudio Gonzalez, associate professor of music for orchestra and strings, is managing the instrumental aspect for the production, including ensuring the appropriate instruments for the performance.

“When you look at this story little by little you see Jesus was very emotional,” says Reid. “He actually got angry, afraid, frustrated, even angsty. Not things we usually associate with Jesus. So a piece like this, done how we’re doing it in a more contemporary setting, can have a strong impact on anyone, Christian or not.”

Reid, Zork and Gonzalez will be present at the roundtable, in addition to some soloists. Attendees will be given the opportunity to ask questions about the production, the characters, and the setting, as well as interacting personally with those involved in “Passion of Christ According to Matthew.”

For further information about this roundtable, call 269-605-3438. For details on the production of “Passion,” visit howard.andrews.edu or call 269-471-3560. The event is free and open to the public; tickets are not required.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Suspects Arrested for Campus Assaults

Andrews University received a release early this morning from Deputy Chief Rick Smiedendorf at the Berrien Springs Oronoko Township Police Department regarding the assaults that occurred late Saturday evening on our campus. It is as follows:

“Through the assistance of the FBI Violent Crimes Task Force, tips from citizens and video provided by Andrews University Office of Campus Safety, three suspects were arrested. An ‘air-soft’ pistol that was believed to have been used in this incident was recovered as well. All three subjects were lodged in the Berrien County Jail charged with multiple counts of armed robbery. BSOTPD is grateful for the tips received and for the assistance provided by the FBI-VCTF. Cooperation with citizens and other law enforcement agencies made it possible to close this felony investigation in a little more than 24 hours.”

"While we are disappointed these events took place on our campus," says Niels-Erik Andreasen, University president, "we are grateful to those who provided information that helped lead to the quick and timely apprehension by our police department of the suspects involved in these crimes."

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Update on Assaults at Andrews University

Early Sunday afternoon President Andreasen sent a message to the Andrews University campus community updating them on the events of last evening. You may find the entire text of this message on the Andrews Agenda.

Berrien Springs-Oronoko Township Police officers as well as other law enforcement agencies were called to the campus of Andrews University to work with Campus Safety shortly after 11 p.m., Saturday, March 29, after reports were made on a series of assaults and armed robberies.

Officers learned through an initial investigation that three different individuals were robbed at three different locations on campus (Meier Hall, outside Nethery Hall and outside Garland Apartments). Two of these individuals were current Andrews University students, and the third was not a student.

Later investigation showed the three thieves took a wallet, cash and ID from one of the victims. Two of the victims had facial injuries as a result of these assaults, and were treated on the scene.

These incidents took place between 10:57 p.m. and 11:20 p.m. The victims have reported the three suspects had a handgun and a knife. At this point it has been confirmed that the gun used was a plastic pellet gun.

Initial descriptions suggest that the first suspect is described as a short black male with dreadlocks and glasses wearing a gray or light blue hoodie, the second is a white male and the third is an unknown male wearing a white cloth over his mouth. One of the victims also reported that the suspect/s were wearing white tennis shoes.

Two of the suspects were last seen running toward the woods from the Garland Apartments area.

Officers are still searching for the suspects, and police are reviewing video from different campus cameras in an attempt to identify the suspects.

 
Thursday, March 27, 2014

50th Annual International Food Fair

by Becky St. Clair

The 50th annual International Food Fair at Andrews University will be held in the Johnson Gym on Sunday, March 30, from noon to 7 p.m. The event has free admission and is open to the public. Food tickets will be available for sale at the door and are required for acquiring items at the various booths.

The International Food Fair is your opportunity to get a taste of world diversity without a travel agent. More than 20 international clubs at Andrews participate in the fair every year, offering authentic tastes of various countries in Europe and the Caribbean, Korea, Brazil, India and the Philippines, among others. Guests can make a meal of one cuisine or gather a little something from each ethnically decorated booth.

Hungry guests can sip bubble tea while choosing from a variety of vegetarian entrees including Samosas, Indian chapati, pansit, and the traditional rice, noodles and eggrolls. If you’re looking for American fare, corndogs, pizza and some cotton candy are certain to satisfy. Brazilian flan, passion fruit mousse and numerous other pastries and cakes from a range of cultures offer a sweet finish to the meal.

The International Food Fair has been a tradition celebrating the diversity of Andrews since 1964. Nearly 5,000 people attend the event every year, raising around $30,000 annually for the participating clubs. Food tickets are sold in increments of 50 cents, with food prices ranging from 5o cents to $6. Students can charge the cost of tickets to their Dining Services accounts. For more information, contact the Office of International Student Services & Programs at 269-471-6395.

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, Mich., but the University also provides instruction at colleges and universities in more than 30 countries around the world.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Faculty & Staff Awards 2014

by Becky St. Clair

The theme for the 2014 Andrews University Faculty and Staff Awards celebration was "An Evening Among the Stars." On Sunday, March 2, hundreds of faculty and staff gathered in the Howard Performing Arts Center for the event celebrating stars among their coworkers and colleagues.

The evening's entertainment also focused on "stardom" from among Andrews faculty and staff: Act I featured the Gane family performing Allegro from "Concerto Grosso in D minor" by Vivaldi; Act II shone the spotlight on six faculty and staff members who climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro; Act III was a performance of a traditional Malaysian dance by eight staff and community members; and Act IV featured Mickey Kutzner, research professor of physics, demonstrating inertia and bravery by lying under a board of 1,000 nails and having a cinderblock shattered with a sledgehammer on top of it.

Concluding the evening's entertainment, Dave Faehner, vice president for University Advancement, well-known for his presentation of "Dave's Top Ten" reasons to attend Andrews University during Convocation, presented "Dave's Top Eight" reasons to work for Andrews University.

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 each 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:
Pure & Applied Sciences: Gary Burdick, professor of physics, College of Arts & Sciences and associate dean of research, School of Graduate Studies & Research
Arts, Humanities and Education: Greg Constantine, emeritus research professor of art and artist-in-residence, School of Architecture, Art & Design
Religion & Theology: Roy Gane, professor of Hebrew Bible & ancient Near Eastern languages, Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary
Professional Programs: Marcia Kilsby, associate professor and chair, Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences, School of Health Professions 


L–R: Gary Burdick, Marcia Kilsby, Greg Constantine, Roy Gane


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 Dorothy Show, executive administrative assistant to the dean, Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary; Vicki Thompson, associate director, Office of Student Financial Services; and Jamie Wright, assistant manager, Office of Plant Services


L–R: Vicki Thompson, Dorothy Show; Not pictured: Jamie Wright

Daniel A. Augsburger Excellence in Teaching Award
This award recognizes faculty whose teaching reflects the high standards of excellence modeled by Daniel A. Augsburger in his 60 years of teaching at Andrews University. Augsburger's leadership, academic rigor, breadth of knowledge, teacher-scholar role, along with care and concern for students, exemplify the best of faculty endeavors. Faculty from each school nominate and choose their individual candidates.

This year's recipients are:
Lauren Matacio, associate professor of instructional library science, College of Arts & Sciences
David Randall, associate professor of chemistry, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, College of Arts & Sciences
Kathryn Silva, assistant professor of history, Department of History & Political Science, College of Arts & Sciences
Andrew von Maur, professor of architecture, School of Architecture, Art & Design
Ron Coffen, professor of counseling and school psychology, Department of Graduate Psychology & Counseling, School of Education
Lee Olson, associate professor of physical therapy, Department of Physical Therapy, School of Health Professions
Jerry Moon, chair and associate professor of church history, Department of Church History, Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary


Front row, L–R: Lauren Matacio, Kathryn Silva, Ron Coffen; Back row, L–R: Jerry Moon, Andrew von Maur, Lee Olson, David Randall

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 Susan Zork, assistant professor of religion, Department of Religion & Biblical Languages, College of Arts & Sciences.  

35 Years of Service Awards
Bruce Closser, associate professor of English, Department of English, College of Arts & Sciences, has earned respect and admiration during his 35 years at Andrews for his expertise and patience in the classroom.

Marjorie Gadway, building supervisor, decided to leave her career in God's hands and 35 years later she is still working at the Office of Custodial Services.


L–R: Marjorie Gadway, Bruce Closser

30 Years of Service Awards
Michael Harrington began his career in the mid-1980s with College Wood Products, becoming a full-time cow feeder at the Dairy two years later.

Marcia Kilsby, associate professor and chair of the Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences, School of Health Professions, has a rich history with Andrews University, joining the faculty in 1984 and earning three degrees here.

Miroslav Kiš, professor of ethics, has served as professor of ethics in the Department of Theology & Christian Philosophy in the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary for the last 30 years. For 27 of those years he led the department as chair.

Eileen Lesher, international transcript specialist for Graduate Enrollment, School of Graduate Studies & Research, uses her diligence and attention to detail wisely and effectively in international transcript evaluations for international students wishing to enroll in an Andrews graduate program.

Brian Strayer, professor of history, Department of History & Political Science, College of Arts & Sciences, is known for his tough yet fair approach in the classroom, and his colleagues appreciate his staunch support for the rights of the faculty.

Gary Williams, senior associate registrar, Office of Academic Records, is not only perfect on paper for the job, known for his attention to detail, order and thoroughness, but is kind to boot.


L–R: Michael Harrington, Marcia Kilsby, Eileen Lesher, Gary Williams, Brian Strayer;
Not pictured: Miroslav Kiš

25 Years of Service Awards
Nancy Carbonell, associate professor of counselor education and counseling psychology, Department of Graduate Psychology & Counseling, School of Education, aspired to be a teacher and has since realized she has taught all grade levels. She is a fully licensed psychologist who maintains a part-time private practice.

Tom Chittick, emeritus professor and chair of the Department of Agriculture, retired this year, leaving a legacy of dedicated generosity behind him.

P. Gerard Damsteegt, associate professor of church history, Department of Church History, Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary, was born and raised in the Netherlands and encountered Jesus as an aeronautical engineer in the Dutch Air Force.

Bernard Helms, periodical/acquisitions librarian and assistant professor of library science, College of Arts & Sciences, has become a formidable connoisseur in acquiring materials for the James White Library, finding obscure artifacts and dealing with difficult suppliers.

Scott Moncrieff, professor of English, Department of English, College of Arts & Sciences, has been praised for his toughness, knowledge and unique spirit during his 25 years at Andrews University.

Ronald Norton, plumbing foreman, Office of Plant Services, began working at Andrews University in 1978 as the wastewater treatment plant operator and assistant plumber, and is known as an even-keeled person who isn't flustered easily.

Jeff Trubey, assistant manager for the Office of Plant Services, also serves as the campus locksmith. He spends some of his spare time teaching classes in landscape equipment, welding and machine shop.


Front row, L–R: Jeff Trubey, Ron Norton; Back row, L–R: Tom Chittick, Bernard Helms, Scott Moncrieff, Gerard Damsteegt; Not pictured: Nancy Carbonell

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

Twenty Years of Service: Front Row: Arlene Saliba, Xiaoming Xu, Susan Oliver, Patricia Spangler, Mabel Bowen; Second Row:  Spencer Carter, Walter Bowen, Paul Ray, Tami Condon, Denis Fortin, Denise Collard; Not pictured: Kathleen Allen, Lilianne Doukhan

 

Fifteen Years of Service: First Row: Shelly Erhard, Karen Allen, Sharon Prest Ullom, Brad Christensen, Helen Susens, Cynthia Gammon, Roberto Rothermel, Jacquelyn Warwick; Second Row: Teresa Reeve, Timothy Nixon, Terrence Dodge, John Beal, Steve Sowder, Gary Burdick, John Matthews, Carlos Flores; Not pictured: Camille Clayton, Marilyn Craig, Betty Gibson, Fred Guerrero, Jiři Moskala, Tami Urias, Dennis Waite, Stephen Yeagley

 

 

Ten Years of Service: L–R: Martin Smith, Deborah Park, Cynthia Swanson, Jennifer Birney;
Not pictured: Harvey Burnett, Ronald Coffen, Helena Gregor, Heidi Labbe, Jillian Panigot, Evelyn Perez, Andrew von Maur, Kristin von Maur

 

 

Five Years of Service: First Row: Sonia Badenas, Leilani Langdon, Donald Cole, Olga Antonova, David Waller, Melanie Beaulieu, Carmen Pagan, Asta LaBianca, Jean Gustavsen, Lynette Quinones, Mary Ann Cuarto, Jacqueline Yates; Back Row: Debbie Michel, Chi Yong Yun, Victor Antonov, Dawn Mutz, Raymond Spoon, Erhard Gallos, John Schnepp, Donald Cole, Penny Sisson, Juan Alvarez, Silmara Ferreira, Stanley Patterson; Not pictured: Gregory Almeter, Audrey Castelbuono, George Chittick, Christopher Davisson, Ronald Graham, Jean Hakiza Gaparayi, Kenley Hall, Timothy R Keough, Aaron Moushon, Marcella Myers, Benjamin Panigot, Gillian Sanner, Joselito Santiago, Ana Tasi, Patrick Warner, Carole Woolford-Hunt, Kenneth Zehm
 

Friday, March 7, 2014

Aeolians to Perform at Andrews University

The Aeolians of Oakwood University will perform in concert at the Howard Performing Arts Center as part of their spring tour on Friday, March 7, at 8:30 p.m. The Aeolians are under the direction of Jason Max Ferdinand and accompanied by Wayne Bucknor, chair of Oakwood University’s Department of Music. Ferdinand is in his sixth season as director of choral activities at Oakwood University.

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Piano Trio at the Howard Center

In the final concert of the 2013–2014 Howard Center Presents… series, Andrews University professors Claudio Gonzalez and Chi Yong Yun will team up with German Marcano, a renowned cellist in the Latin American music scene, for a trio performance. The concert will include works by Mozart, Turina and Mendelssohn. It all begins at 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 8, in the Howard Performing Arts Center on the campus of Andrews University.

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Dean's List Fall 2013

Andrews University has announced the names of undergraduate students appearing on the dean's list for fall semester 2013. The following students have achieved a semester GPA of 3.5 or above with at least 12 credits, no incompletes and no grade below a B. There are 572 students on this list.

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Cardinal Classic Review 2014

“When you bring 42 teams together composed of over 650 student athletes and their coaching staff, playing a total of 105 games in three days, you have to ask yourself, ‘Are you insane?’ The answer is probably ‘yes,’ however, I would do it all over again,” says David Jardine, director of Student Activities & Athletics.

Andrews University hosted the annual Cardinal Classic Basketball Tournament Feb. 6–8, 2014, with a record number of 22 boys teams and 20 girls teams participating. Andrews welcomed more than 650 athletes, coaches and sponsors from all over the country to compete in the three-day event. The tournament allowed the academies to interact with each other and gave the students an opportunity to meet new people and make friends from other schools, as well as experience what life at Andrews is like.

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Nursing Board Pass Rate Soars

The Andrews University Department of Nursing recently achieved the incredible feat of a 100 percent overall board pass rate for the class of 2013.

Nursing students are required to take the National Certified Licensure Examination (NCLEX) after graduation to receive their nursing license. Students in nursing programs and schools must reach a specific pass rate on the NCLEX each year in order for the programs to maintain state approval and accreditation for functioning as a nursing program. 

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Adventist Engaged Encounter

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

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Intense Winter Hits Andrews University

“In my 10 years at Grounds, I have not been a part of any winter like this,” says Michael Villwock, grounds manager at Andrews University. “Four snow days is unheard of. The cold temperatures and wind chills have been a big part of that.”

To date, Andrews has received more than 130 inches of snow this winter, surpassing the record of 125 inches in 2007–2008, the biggest snowfall at Andrews since Grounds started keeping track in 1979 and double the average snowfall for Berrien Springs of 65 inches, according to weather records. Aside from areas where drifting has occurred, Andrews currently has around three feet of snow on the ground.

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Stress Management

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Black History Month 2014

For a full schedule of events celebrating Black History Month in February, click here. Check back often for any updates/additions throughout the month.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Trust Services Staff Earns Distinction

Tari Popp, director of the Office of Planned Giving & Trust Services at Andrews University, has received the Certified Specialist in Planned Giving (CSPG) certification offered by the American Institute for Philanthropic Studies through the California State University at Long Beach (CSULB) Foundation. The CSPG is a professional designation program designed to a master’s level standard and developed to provide participants with the body of knowledge required for planned giving professionals.

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

MLK Events 2014

Andrews University invites the community to their annual celebration in honor of Martin Luther King Jr., taking place January 14–20. Events include a presentation by Majora Carter, an internationally renowned urban revitalization strategy consultant, real estate developer and Peabody Award winning broadcaster.

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Dining Services Earns Distinction

Congratulations to the Bon Appetit Management Company Terrace Café at Andrews University for receiving their Great Expectation III (GE III) certification this week for the first time. The Bon Appetit staff has worked persistently to contribute to the unique dining experience of every guest in order to achieve this accomplishment.

The certification requires a rigorous inspection of specific details of Andrews’ operations including product sourcing, cleanliness, service standards, décor and food presentation. 

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Advancement Staff Earn Certification

Audrey Castelbouno, associate vice president for development, and T. Ryan Keough, senior development officer at Andrews University, received the prestigious credential of Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) from CFRE International this fall.  <<< Read the full story >>>

Census Day 2013

Of the 201 institutions formally ranked in U.S. News & World Report as top national universities (there are 276 listed overall, but 75 are either unranked or do not have published rankings), Andrews is listed at #181 this year, an improvement over the 2013 rankings.

Andrews is the only Seventh-day Adventist institution included in this classification and U.S. News list.

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Fall Board Report 2013

First addressed in the President’s Report was the issue of diversity. The current trend is a reduction in the number of white students at Andrews University, while the number of Asian and Hispanic international students is rising. <<< Read the full story >>>

Thursday, November 21, 2013

AFIA Fundraises for Philippines

During the week of Nov. 11-15, AFIA made over $1,000 from sales of club sweatshirts and beanies. All proceeds were sent to aid in Philippines relief through ADRA (Adventist Development & Relief Agency) International. They also collected cash and check donations to be used for the same purpose by the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.  <<< Read the full story >>>

SciFEST 2013

From November 14–17, Andrews University hosted the first annual SciFEST weekend, put on by the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Division in the College of Arts & Sciences. The event celebrated science and gave high school students a taste of what goes on around campus. For this first-ever SciFEST, Seventh-day Adventist academies within the region were invited to visit Andrews and participate in science-related events and activities along with the University community and the public. <<< Read the full story >>>

Practical Place-Making

On Thursday, Nov. 7, students in the Andrews University place making studio class had the opportunity to present their ideas for the redesign of the front grounds of the Krasl Art Center in St. Joseph, Mich. Special guest Lorna Jordan spoke on the principles and philosophy of place making that have influenced her award-winning projects throughout the United States.  <<< Read the full story >>>

Professor Publishes Textbook

Thomas Michaud, assistant professor of web design at Andrews University, published his first textbook, Foundations of Web Design: Introduction to HTML and CSS, in August 2013 through Pearson Education. The textbook focuses on the fundamental skills necessary for writing, or coding, a website using the core languages of HTML and CSS for any student pursuing a career in web design, front-end developing or any other design-related job.  <<< Read full story >>>

AUTV Premiers

The premiere of Andrews University Television (AUTV), “Take Me to the Movies,” on Sunday, Oct. 20, promoted their new YouTube station where students can watch videos made specifically for them by their peers.  <<< Read the full story >>>

Operation Christmas Child

On Oct. 28, 2013, Andrews University welcomed Operation Christmas Child on campus. The event allowed students to work with the community and pack shoeboxes for children in need around the world. Coordinated by the Andrews University School of Health Professions, this event encouraged students to come together and have fun while making a difference in the lives of these children.  <<< Read the full story >>>

University Orchestra Holds Benefit Concert

The Andrews University Symphony Orchestra presents its fall concert on Saturday, Nov. 23, at 8 p.m. in the Howard Performing Arts Center. This event will be a benefit concert to support those affected by Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda in the Philippines.

Both the orchestra and the Howard Performing Arts Center are contributing 100 percent of the concert’s proceeds toward Philippines relief through ADRA (Adventist Development & Relief Agency) International. <<<Read the full story>>>

 

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Wind Symphony Holiday Concert

The Andrews University Wind Symphony, under the direction of Alan Mitchell, presents their holiday concert in the Howard Performing Arts Center on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 8 p.m. The concert will feature Danzon by Bernstein, Irish Tune from County Derry  arranged by Grainger, and graduate conducting major Frances Serpa directing Chant and Jubilo by McBeth. The holiday portion of the concert will feature the Wind Symphony performing Joy to the Season arranged by O’Loughlin, Sleigh Ride by Anderson, I Wonder as I Wander arranged by Clark, and Rocket Sleigh by Case. The AU Jazz Ensemble will also present You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch arranged by Story, The Christmas Waltz arranged by Berry, and Feliz Navidad arranged by Murtha. Guest soloist, Karen Nelson, will also sing Christmas Time is Here and White Christmas with the jazz ensemble, both arranged by Holmes.

General admission is $5, student and senior admission is $3. Call the HPAC Box Office at 471-3560 for tickets or purchase tickets online at howard.andrews.edu.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Film Class Attends Film Festival

As part of his “Directing the Documentary” class at Andrews University, Paul Kim, associate professor of Documentary Film, debuted a program to take his students to the Toronto International Film Festival this past summer and is considering opening up this opportunity to the entire Documentary Film program.

The Toronto International Film Festival is one of the two most prominent film festivals in the world, the other being the Cannes Film Festival in France. Because of worldwide exposure of the Toronto festival, Kim feels that this opportunity is important to get his students involved with film in a big urban area.   <<<Read the full story>>>

 

Music Professor Performs in Europe

New to the Andrews University faculty, Charles Reid, classical performer of opera and oratorio, has already demonstrated his immense talent by currently singing Don José in Georges Bizet’s opera “Carmen” at Theaterhagen in Hagen, Germany. Commuting between performances and the Andrews campus, Reid serves as associate professor and artist-in-residence as well as coordinator of vocal studies for the Department of Music. His roles include...  <<<Read the full story>>>

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Biology Alumnus Receives Award

The College of American Pathologists (CAP) awarded Alfred Lui, MD, FCAP, a pathologist from Torrance, Calif., with the CAP Distinguished Service Award at a special ceremony Oct. 12, 2013, in Orlando, Fla., at CAP ’13: THE Pathologists’ Meeting.

Lui, a 1968 biology graduate of Andrews University, was recognized for his leadership in the successful promotion of private pathology practices and his ongoing contributions to organized pathology at the local, state and national levels.   <<<Read the full story>>>

Teacher Prep Program Rated Excellent

The Andrews University Teacher Preparation Program has once again been declared an exemplary program by the State of Michigan. With a score of 68/70, the program has ranked Exemplary for the last seven years. This ranking is a result of evaluation based on a set of criteria from the Michigan Department of Education for the 2011-2012 school year.   <<<Read the full story>>>

 

Film Grad Makes Personal Documentary

At the age of 10, Pieter Damsteegt, a 2013 graduate of documentary film and photography at Andrews University, was diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis, a long-term type of arthritis affecting the bones and joints at the base of the spine and their adjoining joints like hips, neck and shoulders. The joints become swollen and inflamed and, over time, the affected bones join together. A few years later he found out he also had Crohn’s Disease.

“I live a pretty exciting life,” he says with a smile.

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Depression Awareness Day

Oct. 10, 2013, the Andrews University Psychology Club, PSI CHI, and the Andrews University Counseling & Testing Center held an event for National Depression Screening Day and Mental Health Awareness Week. The purpose of the event was to raise awareness about depression on campus, to build a community of open conversations that allows students to know that there is help available and to create a support system in which students are encouraged and lifted up in their struggles.  <<<Read the full story>>>

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

New Interim Gymnics Coach Hired

Eric Paddock has been hired as the interim Gymnics coach for the 2013–2014 school year at Andrews University. Paddock holds an associate’s degree in pre-physical therapy, and a bachelor’s degree in sport studies with a concentration in human performance from Southern Adventist University.

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Monday, September 23, 2013

Mobile Reference Service

Research on your terms at Campus Center every Tuesdays and Thursdays 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm as you enjoy your lunch.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Alan Mitchell Receives Award

Alan Mitchell, professor of music at Andrews University, has been awarded the 2013 Michiana Outstanding Music Educator Award by Quinlan & Fabish Music Company.  Read the full article on andrews.edu.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Prayer Power Hour

Wanting to commune with others in prayer? Searching for a way to spiritually connect with fellow students?

Join Kevin Wilson, AUSA Religious Vice-President, and other AU students every weekday between 7AM-8AM for a spiritual start to the school day. Partake in prayer at the fireplace near the student life office in the student center.

In Isaiah 43:19, God promises that he will do a new thing for this campus and our lives. Let us seek him in prayer in order to make this a reality. Let this be our power hour.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Heritage Singers at Howard Performing Arts Center

"Our main focus when we sing at concerts is Jesus, Jesus, Jesus - that's it," Mace says, speaking by telephone from the group's Placerville, Calif., offices. "We're more than singers. We have a message, but want it to be joyful. When you know Jesus, you should be the happiest people in the world."

The Herald-Palladium interviewed Heritage Singer founding member Max Mace for a story about the opening concert of the 2013-14 10th anniversary season of the Howard Performing Arts Center.  Read the full story here.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

New Student Vespers

Drawing new student orientation week to a close, Andrews University vespers leadership hosted the freshman vespers program in Pioneer Memorial Church. ... “The returning student leadership embraced the idea that this year will be unlike any other here at Andrews University,” says Jose Bourget, Andrews University chaplain.  “They truly believe that God will do a new thing.”

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Friday, August 23, 2013

New Astronomy Class This Fall

Observational Astronomy is a 1-credit, lab-only class that will provide an opportunity for astronomers of all skill levels to access the Andrews University observatory as well as large international telescopes, and more.  Read the full story for more!

Students Building Tesla Coil

Faculty in the Department of Physics are overseeing a group of three students building a six-foot Tesla coil.  Read the full story for more!

Friday, July 19, 2013

Howard Center Announces 2013-14 Season

The Tenth Anniversary Season at the Howard Performing Arts Center includes a stellar lineup of musical events with variety for everyone. Read the complete story at andrews.edu/news.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Online BSN Completion Offered at 50% Reduction

Beginning spring 2014, the Department of Nursing will be offering an online BSN completion program. For more  information, contact Myrna Constantine at myrnac@andrews.edu or call 800-877-2863. Read about it in Andrews News.

Friday, June 21, 2013

June Board Report

Details of the June board meeting decisions, including location and occupants of the proposed Health & Wellness Center, financial update, plus staff and faculty transitions. Read all about it in Andrews News.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Engineering Students Win Award

Two engineering students, Robert Jewett, a senior studying mechanical engineering, and Atniel Quetz, who graduated in May with a BS in engineering, won honorable mention in the student category of the 2013 International Aluminum Extrusion Design Competition for their design, “Custom Contour Furniture.” Go to Andrews News for the full story and look at their unique designs.

Ledesma Guest Edits Award-Winning JAE Issue

The Journal of Adventist Education recently won the Distinguished Achievement Award for Whole Publication Design for its theme issue "Principalship and Administration" (Oct./Nov. 2012) from the Association of Educational Publishers on June 4. Janet Ledesma, associate professor of leadership and Educational Leadership coordinator in the Department of Leadership, guest edited and coordinated this issue. For the full story go to Andrews News.

Friday, May 31, 2013

IAMA Conference Held at Andrews

Andrews University recently hosted the 42nd annual conference of the International Association of Missionary Aviation (IAMA) from May 15–17, 2013. Over 90 pilots, professors and students from 20 different organizations gathered on Andrews’ campus for three days of keynote presentations, discussion and business. For the full story, visit andrews.edu/news.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Dining Services Receives Honorable Mention

Andrews University Dining Services wins Honorable Mention in the Catering-Special Event category of the Lloyd E. Horton Dining Awards given by the National Association of College and University Food Services. For a complete list click here

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Spring Commencement One of the Largest Ever

One of the largest graduating classes in recent history—484 undergraduate students and 436 graduate students—received their degrees in the spring 2013 Andrews University Commencement services held Sunday, May 5, 2013. Three services were held to accommodate the large number of graduates. Two honorary doctorates were also awarded, as well as two J.N. Andrews Medallions. For the complete story go to Recent News on the Andrews website.

It's Easy Being Green

Registration is underway for Renaissance Kids, an architecture day camp for kids ages 5–16, held at the Andrews University School of Architecture, Art & Design. There are five weeklong sessions and one two-weeklong session offered during the months of June and July.

Kids get to experience hands-on fun with design, drafting, building, sketching, watercolors and more. While exploring the discipline and lessons of architecture, Renaissance Kids provides a fun array of hands-on projects through which children learn about history and culture, design concepts, the architect’s tools, construction and materials, community and citizenship. The projects each week will follow the theme “It’s Easy Being Green.”

For full details go to Recent News on the Andrews website.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

2nd Graders Visit Department of Nursing

On Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 10:30 a.m., 18 second-graders from RMES marched single file into the Department of Nursing, following their teacher Jina Yoon. The class came to learn how our students become nurses. They spent time in the Skills Lab with Mary Ngugi, the lab coordinator, learning how our students get ready for their clinical experience. They also met with Gisele Kuhn, one of our faculty, and spent time with Bob (our SimMan, a high tech mannequin) to check his pulse and check breaths per minute. 

They also learned that part of nursing was teaching about health prevention and promotion. In the end, some mentioned they wanted to become nurses when they were older.

The nursing department was delighted to be visited by the 2nd grade class from Ruth Murdoch Elementary School.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

New Bible Commentary to be Published

A major new Bible study resource sponsored by the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists and Andrews University is scheduled for release at the 2015 General Conference session in San Antonio, Texas, according to Andrews University President Niels-Erik Andreasen. The Andrews Bible Commentary, the church’s first concise, one-volume commentary, is intended as a coordinated resource with the Andrews Study Bible, released by Andrews University Press in June 2010. Read full story

Debunking Myths of the Howard Center

Over the years, there have been many myths and misconceptions concerning the Howard Performing Arts Center and we want to set the record straight. What follows is information you should know about the Howard Center; some is true, some is false, and some is just plain silly. Read on and discover the truth!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Purse Theft Ends in Recovery of Items, Arrests

On Saturday, April 20, 2013, at approximately 4:18 p.m. a purse was stolen from inside of the Howard Performing Arts Center at Andrews University, which ultimately ended in the arrest of two subjects and the recovery of the stolen items.

During the afternoon hours, three men were driving a silver 2003 Volkswagen on the campus of Andrews University. Two are identified as Zachary Boomsliter of Berrien Springs (DOB: 5/1994) and Joshua Nunez of Eau Claire (DOB: 1/1994). The third subject is of Berrien Springs but is not presently charged. Around 4 p.m. Joshua Nunez and the third subject went into the Howard to use the restroom. The third subject returned to the car and waited with Boomsliter for Nunez to return. Boomsliter was the driver of the car. Nunez allegedly grabbed a purse from the auditorium and when the purse’s owner saw him, she yelled and alerted bystanders that her purse had been taken. When Nunez came running from the building with the purse he was being pursued by two brave bystanders. Boomsliter decided to drive away, leaving Nunez to be captured by his pursuers. A bystander secured Nunez until Campus Safety arrived. They held him until police, who were pursuing the getaway vehicle and the other two subjects secured them and returned to the University.


Another witness saw the car driven by Boomsliter drive away and followed them off campus and into an area where they attempted to conceal themselves. Boomsliter lost control of the car while fleeing. The car was seen striking and knocking down several mailboxes and a road sign on Hillcrest Ave. The pursuit ended in the parking lot of a local nursery, where the Berrien Springs-Oronoko Township Police Department took custody of the subjects. They all returned to the University so officers could investigate the incident.

The stolen purse was recovered. A stolen phone from a separate incident was also recovered. The car was searched and marijuana and drug paraphernalia were found and seized.

Zachary Boomsliter was lodged at the Berrien County Jail and charged at this time with reckless driving and possession of marijuana.

Joshua Nunez was lodged at the Berrien County Jail and charged at this time for larceny from a person, larceny from a building, and receiving and concealing stolen property $200><$1000.

The third subject was released at this time pending further investigation.

This is an ongoing investigation being conducted jointly by the BSOPD and the Andrews University Office of Campus Safety, and additional charges may be possible as the investigation continues.

“We wish to thank the brave citizens who involved themselves in this incident to help bring it to a successful resolution with the arrest of the perpetrators and the recovery of not only the property they saw being stolen, but ultimately other property that was later found to have been stolen,” said the release from Chief Milt Agay of Berrien Springs Oronoko Township Police. “The BSOPD also wishes to acknowledge and thank the AU Office of Campus Safety for their assistance in this investigation, at the time of the incident and the continued follow up.”

Monday, April 22, 2013

Students Win Redesign Challenge

Two Andrews University students in the Department of Engineering & Computer Science won in their category of the 9th Annual Extreme Redesign 3D Printing Challenge. Andrew Roderick, a junior, and Brian Booth, also a junior, took the top prize in the College Engineering category. Both received a scholarship from Stratasys, the contest sponsor and manufacturer of 3D printers and production systems for prototyping and manufacturing. Read full story.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Howard Performing Arts Center Committed to Being Community Resource

Did you know the Howard Performing Arts Center holds more than 200 events each year? Did you know that in addition to University ensembles, local elementary and secondary schools are able to utilize the Howard? Further, did you know the Howard Performing Arts Center is available for rental use for special events and weddings? In short, the Howard Performing Arts Center at Andrews University—designed for the performance of music and educational activities meeting fine arts standards—is committed to continuing to make the facility available to the community.
 
The Howard Performing Arts Center is a busy venue with 207 events last year alone. Erica Griessel, manager, says, “The needs of our Andrews University Department of Music ensembles are our top priority—choirs, operas, symphony orchestra, wind symphony, student recitals, faculty recitals and studio recitals.”
 
Local schools, including Andrews Academy, Ruth Murdoch Elementary School, Village SDA Elementary, Berrien Springs Middle School and Berrien Springs High School, also utilize the concert hall throughout each season. The University also uses the facility to host speakers for University forums, an annual student talent show, several music festivals, and as a venue to host prospective students. In the summer months, the Howard Center is home to multi-day conferences. There is also steady interest in using the concert hall for recording purposes.
 
The John & Dede Howard 90.7 WAUS Studios are also housed at the Howard Performing Arts Center. In partnership with WAUS, a Second Sunday Concert Series is held on the second Sunday of each month at 4 p.m. Most concerts are free of charge and feature a classical artist.
 
The major donors for the building, John and Dede Howard, had a strong desire for the facility to serve not only Andrews University’s needs but also Berrien Springs and the greater Southwest Michigan community. This remains a strong priority for Andrews University administration.
 
“Much of our busy season is comprised of groups from the University and the community who rent the lobby or concert hall for their special event,” continues Griessel. “Community groups, such as the Optimist Club of Berrien Springs, the Michigan State University 4-H Extension program, Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra’s Musicians in the Schools, and Lake Michigan Youth Orchestra use the Howard Center nearly annually.”
 
The lobby of the Howard Center is also frequently rented for wedding receptions, dinner parties, banquets, business luncheons and senior photos.
 
Howard Performing Arts Center management plans an annual season with six to twelve concerts with visiting artists in the genres of classical, Christian contemporary, jazz, world and instrumental music.
 
Griessel says, “With our desire to be your home for an exceptional concert experience, we make an effort to represent both local artists as well as artists from all around the world. In the past we’ve featured Vienna Boys Choir, Sandi Patty, Canadian Brass, Brandon Heath, Dailey & Vincent, and many more.”
 
If you’ve never been to the Howard Performing Arts Center, the current season still has several great concert experiences. On April 7, Christian contemporary artist Laura Story performs. The University Singers and Chorale perform in their annual Easter Choral Concert on Saturday, March 30, and the Wind Symphony has their spring concert on Sunday, April 21. As a finale to the season, the University Chorale and Symphony Orchestra are performing Mendelssohn’s Elijah with Charles Reid, tenor, on Saturday, April 27, at 6:30 P.M.  For more information, visit us on the web at howard.andrews.edu or call the box office at 269-471-3560.
 
Planning for the 10th season, 2013–2014, is currently underway. Management always accepts suggestions from the campus and community on artists for the Howard Center Presents… concert series. Send suggestions to Erica Griessel, manager, at egriessel@andrews.edu or call 269-471-3560. If you have an interest in renting the Howard Center or the lobby for your special event, please contact them for further information.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Draft of New Campus Master Plan Available for Review

A draft of the 2013 Campus Master Plan for Andrews University is available for download and review.

This draft is a first draft and is intended for introduction and review purposes only. Although a general outline and the graphic content of this document have already been presented to the Andrews University Campus Planning Committee, the draft has yet to be reviewed in detail. The authors of this document anticipate that appropriate details will be changed subsequent to a more thorough review.

You are invited to peruse this document carefully and offer comments and critique at your discretion. A draft of the Campus Master Plan, its goals and illustrations will also be presented to the faculty and staff at a later date, which has yet to be determined. A summary of the decision-making process behind this project can be found on the blog of this website.

View the new Campus Master Plan.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

2013 Faculty and Staff Awards Night Honors Employees

“49104: The Next Best Place” was the theme for this year’s annual Faculty/Staff awards night, held Sunday, March 3, at the Howard Performing Arts Center. Each year at this event faculty and staff are given recognition through the Years-of-Service Awards, Excellence in Service Awards, Faith Development Leadership Award, Daniel A. Augsburger Excellence in Teaching Awards and Siegfried H. Horn Excellence in Research & Creative Scholarship Awards.

“49104” was an Andrews-themed take on Garrison Keillor's popular radio show, A Prairie Home Companion. It featured all local talent, including live bluegrass music by Five for Grace and a script written by Bruce Closser, Scott Moncrieff and Ivan Davis from the Department of English and Ronald Knott, director of the Andrews University Press. A cast of faculty and staff performed “live” radio skits about life in our little community, “Where all the faculty are strong, all the staff are smart, and all the students are over-performing.” Nicholas Miller, associate professor of church history at the Seminary, was the host for the evening’s performance, and coached the audience on proper British ways of etiquette and pronunciation. The title song, “49104: The Next Best Place,” was a parody written and performed by Knott, based on “Something Good” from The Sound of Music. Dining Services implemented the theme with local food items served from farm stands erected in the Howard Lobby.

Siegfried H. Horn Excellence in Research & Creative Scholarship Award
This award was established in 2011 to honor Siegfried Horn’s legacy of scholarship and contribution to the field of biblical archaeology at Andrews University, and his impact upon the world church and the wider community of scholars. The award was established to recognize the lifetime scholarship achievement of Andrews University faculty members. The chair of the Scholarly Research Council accepts nominations in four separate categories: Arts, Humanities and Education; Pure and Applied Sciences; Professional Programs; and Religion and Theology. Award recipients, who must be associate or full professors and full-time employees for a minimum of five years, are selected by the membership of the Scholarly Research Council.

This year’s recipients were: Fernando Canale, professor of theology & philosophy, Department of Theology & Christian Philosophy; Winston Craig, professor of nutrition, Department of Nutrition & Wellness; Tevni Grajales Guerra, professor of research and statistical methodology, Department of Graduate Psychology & Counseling; and Øystein LaBianca, professor of anthropology, Department of Behavioral Sciences.

Staff Excellence in Service Award
The recipients of this award are hourly or salaried full- or part-time staff who have served for at least three consecutive years, and have not previously received the award. The award is given in recognition of outstanding service to the University, the church and the community, and for demonstrating, by precept and example, a Christ-centered life. This year’s recipients were Cynthia Caballero, secretary, Ruth Murdoch Elementary School; Gregory Offenback, heavy equipment operator, Transportation; and Edelmira Guzman, custodial supervisor, Lamson Hall.

Daniel A. Augsburger Excellence in Teaching Award
Eight faculty members received the Daniel A. Augsburger Excellence in Teaching Award. This award recognizes faculty whose teaching reflects the high standards of excellence modeled by Daniel A. Augsburger in his 60 years of teaching at Andrews University. Augsburger’s leadership, academic rigor, breadth of knowledge, teacher-scholar role, along with care and concern for students, exemplify the best of faculty endeavors. Faculty from each school nominate and choose their individual candidates. This year’s recipients were: Gary Burdick, associate dean of research, School of Graduate Studies & Research; Pedro Navia, professor of Spanish, College of Arts & Sciences; Shelly Perry, associate professor of social work, College of Arts & Sciences; Tom Michaud, instructor of digital media, School of Architecture, Art & Design; Ben Maguad, professor of management, School of Business Administration; Nancy Carbonell, associate professor of counselor education and counseling psychology, School of Education; Richard Show, associate professor of medical laboratory science; and Darius Jankiewicz, associate professor of theology, Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary.

Faith Development Leadership Award
This honor is awarded to any employee, faculty or staff, who has made a significant contribution to the spiritual life of campus. Formerly known as the Spiritual Life Award, instituted in 2005, the name was changed this year. This year’s honoree was Paul Elder, manager of Plant Service. His humbleness is one of the first attributes folks notice about him. Elder leads worship for all his staff every Monday and encourages an open searching heart for Jesus. He believes doing a good job is also leaving a good impression that Jesus makes the difference in your life. He is also an avid supporter of student missionaries and served on the Student Missions Advisory at Andrews University. Elder knows the names of all his staff and students. The students who work in his area said, “He always says hello to us no matter where we are on campus.” He is also engaged in his local church as an elder and Sabbath School teacher and leads out in the mid-week prayer meeting.

35 Years of Service Awards
Daniel Bidwell, senior systems administrator, Information Technology Services
Dan Bidwell started full-time work as a systems administrator at Andrews University in August 1977. He began teaching computer science in 1980 and was a member of the first graduating class in computer science in 1981, receiving a Master of Science. Andrews is grateful for the many contributions Dan has made to so many campus firsts: the first Internet connection, the first fiber optic data cable, and the first WEB server at Andrews, to name a few. Dan was also the first Seventh-day Adventist to receive a doctorate in computer science in 1986.

Gregory Offenback, heavy equipment operator, Transportation
Since 1978, Gregory Offenback has been doing all kinds of heavy lifting, so to speak, at Andrews. From his years of fixing equipment to planting and harvesting crops at the Andrews Farm and Dairy, to his current role as a “jack-of-all-trades” at Transportation, Greg certainly is one of Andrews’ most dedicated caretakers. The next time you enjoy a snow-free parking lot or a recently filled-in pothole, you have Greg to thank!

30 Years of Service Awards
Daniel Cress, director of servers & networks, Information Technology Services
Daniel Cress and his work can be characterized by the words quality, vision, innovation, research, planning and service. His vision, research and innovation have significantly impacted Andrews University: from planning and developing the campus network beginning 20 years ago, to finding technology to connect outlying buildings, designing and engineering the Seminary classrooms, and so much more.

Meredith Jones-Gray, professor of English, Department of English
Andrews University is a place of significance for Meredith Jones Gray—both professionally and personally. She joined the Department of English faculty 30 years ago; authored a history volume of the University, As We Set Forth, and is working on a second volume; earned three degrees from Andrews, and attended Andrews Academy and Ruth Murdoch Elementary School. And before that, it was the Sutherland House where her parents brought her home from the hospital when she was born.

Barry Wilson, master electrician, Plant Service
Barry Wilson has served Andrews University for 30 years, much of that as a master electrician for Plant Service. His greatest gift is his willingness to respond to any emergency, during his regular hours or in the middle of the night. Barry also represents Andrews in the community as a volunteer fireman. At any time he might be called to help save one of our neighbor’s lives or property.

25 Years of Service Awards
Elynda Bedney, director, Office of Student Financial Services
When you get information from Elynda Bedney, director of Student Financial Services, you know it will be done accurately. Just take a look at the Compliance Reviews from our Federal and State Agencies: the outcome is always the same…an excellent report! Bedney has given 25 years of excellent service to Andrews. Not bound by a time clock, she is there to ensure the enrollment process for financial clearance is handled accurately and timely.

Winston Craig, professor of nutrition and chair, Department of Nutrition & Wellness
Winston Craig has served as a leader in the Department of Nutrition & Wellness for the past 25 years. During his term as chair, he has guided the department through several transitions and been instrumental in developing academic programs. Colleagues and students alike appreciate his great storytelling ability and Christian example. Student comments on course evaluations testify to his excellent teaching and commitment to Christian education.

JoAnn Davidson, professor of theology, Department of Theology & Christian Philosophy
When JoAnn Davidson joined the Department of Theology & Christian Philosophy, it was at a time when women usually taught part-time, lecturing mostly in biblical languages. JoAnn’s assignment in the seminary consisted of teaching theology, that is, an academic area of study, where she had to research her own lectures on various doctrines and deliver them to masters and doctoral students. While students were used to tenors and basses, when this soprano joined, the department rallied behind her and she became what she is now—one of the top professors in the Seminary.

Kathleen Demsky, director, Architecture Resource Center, James White Library
As director of the Architecture Resource Center since 1990, Kathleen Demsky has made it the living room of the School of Architecture, Art & Design, and one of the most inviting and comfortable places to study on campus. She’s also been a leading force in establishing a European study program and the Waldensian Study Tour. As sponsor of the American Institute of Architecture Students and sponsor for Friday evening vespers, she serves students with warmth and Christian character as both a mentor and friend.

Steven Hansen, professor of art, Department of Visual Art & Design
Steven Hansen has been a faculty member at Andrews since 1987—exhibiting a wide variety of artistic interests over the years, beginning with painting then moving on to sculpture, working primarily in clay for the last couple of decades. Most recently he added a renewed interest in art history, beginning research on a manuscript that he hopes will be published in the near future. Held in high regard by colleagues and students alike, one of the key lessons Hansen instills in all he encounters is how “there can be no specific tag placed on what qualifies as ‘art’ in general.”

Herbert Helm, professor of psychology, Department of Behavioral Sciences
For 25 years Herbert Helm has defined the core of our psychology major at Andrews University. Herb’s understanding of the need for research in undergraduate education, his teaching skill, his high standards and the time he spends with students outside of the classroom have resulted in a very high level of student-led research/scholarship in the Department of Behavioral Sciences.

Mildred McGrath, patron services manager, James White Library
Mildred McGrath graciously shares her welcoming smile with patrons of the James White Library, while serving as the “front door” for those seeking library services. She takes a special interest in her student workers and is known for creating a family atmosphere at work, a deep care for her students’ wellbeing, and being dedicated to helping them succeed.

Alan Mitchell, assistant professor of music, Department of Music
“Organized” was a consistent theme for those who reflected on Alan Mitchell’s service to Andrews. It’s an attribute that has endeared him to colleagues and students alike. From coordinating music study and performance tours both domestically and internationally, to conducting the Andrews University Wind Symphony, to teaching countless students pursuing degrees in music education, Alan is greatly respected.

John Reichert, physical education instructor, Andrews Academy
Weeklong backpacking and mountain biking excursions in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina are just some of the ways John Reichert’s emphasis on health and exercise extend beyond the gymnasium. Since 1987, he has been faculty for Andrews Academy’s physical education department. Always looking for ways to improve physical education at Andrews Academy, John has been instrumental in overseeing the renovations of the Academy fitness center, to the benefit of both students and staff.

Dorothy Show, administrative assistant, Department of Old Testament
Over the past 25 years, Dorothy Show has been an amazing, yes, awesome administrative assistant for the Department of Old Testament. Her encyclopedic knowledge and expertise in the various facets of Seminary life are legendary. Professors in the department unfailingly know that when Dorothy is given a job to do, it will be done thoroughly, completely and accurately. No one is unimportant to her—even the little children who come to the office and get one of her famous “stickers!”

Richard Show, assistant professor of medical laboratory sciences, Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences
Richard Show, or Dick as he is fondly known, is a consummate educator who brings a vast amount of clinical experience, practical insight and knowledge to his students. In addition to his teaching, Dick’s gift for instrument troubleshooting and repair has saved the University thousands of dollars over the years by cheerfully repairing donated instruments or fixing instruments that suffered under a little too much enthusiastic student use.

Additionally, the evening offered recognition for employees with 35, 30, 25, 20,15, 10 and 5 Years of Service. 

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

New Seminary Dean Named

A new dean has been named at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University. Jiri Moskala, who has served at the Seminary since 1996, accepted the position most recently held by Denis Fortin. Moskala’s appointment is effective July 1, 2013. In October of 2012, Fortin announced his desire to step away from administration in order to return to full-time teaching in the Department of Theology & Christian Philosophy at the Seminary beginning fall 2013.

“We narrowed it down to five candidates. When the final candidate review was done, it felt like the Lord was leading because there was a definite consensus that emerged on one candidate: Jiri Moskala,” says Ben Schoun, chair of the Andrews University Board of Trustees and a general vice president for the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. “Dr. Moskala is a fine academic scholar and very loyal to the church. I don’t know anyone who can question his commitment to the mission and values that we stand for.”

Moskala presently serves as professor of Old Testament exegesis and theology and chair of the Department of Old Testament at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary. Moskala says of his new appointment, “My vision for the Theological Seminary is to be the light for the world and the theological resource for the church. We are here to serve the worldwide church in various capacities to prepare future church leaders to work and deal with different challenges in order to proclaim the eternal Gospel with conviction, urgency and passion, make a difference for good, and prepare people for the soon second coming of Jesus.”

The Seminary dean is a member of the General Conference International Board of Theological and Ministerial Education, the North American Division Executive Committee and the North American Division Board of Theological and Ministerial Education. Additionally, the dean of the Seminary works closely with leadership from both the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists and the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.

Schoun says, “The Seminary at Andrews University is like a wonderful think-tank for the Adventist church. For those of us in church leadership who are out encouraging the work on the ground to go forward, it’s nice to get the council of the thinkers who are here at the Seminary. It’s a wonderful resource to be able to call upon in these various kinds of church issues.”

“Moskala is someone who comes from a very strong biblical and mission-oriented background,” says Ted Wilson, president of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. “He and his family are very focused on the tremendous task the Lord has given to the Seventh-day Adventist Church and out of that grows his passion for the educational process and mission of the church. It is a blessing to have someone like that heading the Seminary, keeping in front of many theological students, not only the academic side, which is very important, but also the practical mission side as we approach Christ's soon coming.”

Jiri Moskala
Born in Cesky Tesin, Czech Republic, Moskala received a Master of Theology in 1979 and a Doctor of Theology in 1990, all from the Comenius Faculty of Protestant Theology (now Protestant Theological Faculty of Charles University), Czech Republic. In 1998, he completed his Doctor of Philosophy from Andrews University. Moskala began his ministry as a pastor for the Czecho-Slovakian Union, serving in this capacity until 1989. When the Communist regime fell after the Velvet Revolution, he established and served as the first principal of the Theological Seminary in Prague for training pastors. Moskala also served in various other capacities including director of the Life and Health Society, Education Department and Health Department for the Czecho-Slovakian Union.

Moskala has served as a speaker for many Bible conferences and theological symposia in all 13 divisions of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and has lectured at Adventist universities and colleges around the world. He is a member of various theological societies including the Adventist Society for Religious Studies, Adventist Theological Society, Chicago Society of Biblical Research, Society of Biblical Literature, and Society of Christian Ethics.

Moskala has authored or edited a number of articles and books in both Czech and English. In addition, he has participated in several archaeological expeditions in Tell Jalul, Jordan.

Moskala and his wife, Eva Moskalova, have five grown children and three grandchildren. “This is a great honor for the confidence expressed in me, but it also holds a sense of immense responsibility. I feel like Moses in front of the Burning Bush. One of the Bible verses which speaks to me in this situation is Proverbs 16:9: ‘In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.’ But I trust God, because when He calls one to do something, He also provides strength, wisdom, guidance, and constant help. I rely on God’s promise: Isaiah 41:13, I am the Lord your God who took you by your right hand and says to you do not fear, I will help you,” he says.

The Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary
The primary mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary is to prepare ministers and teachers for the Seventh-day Adventist Church. It offers a Master of Divinity; Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry, Religion, Religious Education, and Youth & Young Adult Ministry; dual degrees in Master of Arts in Youth & Young Adult Ministry/Master of Social Work and Master of Divinity/Master of Social Work; and five doctoral programs: Doctor of Ministry; Doctor of Philosophy in Biblical & Ancient Near Eastern Archaeology, Religion, and Religious Education; and Doctor of Theology. The Seminary has seven departments: Christian Ministry, Church History, Discipleship & Religious Education, New Testament, Old Testament, Theology & Christian Philosophy, and World Mission. It also offers learning opportunities to students through several centers and institutes such as: Center of Continuing Education for Ministry, Institute of Church Ministry, Institute of Hispanic Ministry, Greek Manuscript Research Center, the Institute of Archaeology, and Institute of Jewish-Christian Studies. In addition, the Seminary works in close association with the North American Division Evangelism Institute (NADEI), the Center for Youth Evangelism, and the Seventh-day Adventist Institute of World Mission.

The Seminary is one of the most ethnically and linguistically diverse seminary campuses in North America with about 550 students studying on the main campus and an additional 750 attending Seminary classes offered at extension sites in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. The Seminary holds full accreditation from the Adventist Accrediting Association, the Association of Theological Schools and the Higher Learning Commission.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

STEM A Growing Initiative; Rachel Boothby Hired as Enrollment Coordinator

The STEM Division in the College of Arts & Sciences, comprised of the Department of Biology, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Department of Mathematics and Department of Physics, now has Rachel Boothby serving as the first STEM division enrollment coordinator. STEM, which stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, is a growing initiative at Andrews. STEM offers a unique experience for students integrating the scholastic resources and practices of larger state universities with an environment that fosters spiritual development. Read full story

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