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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Music Festival Concert & More

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Imagining Jesus in the Modern Age

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

* Published in Adventist Review, January 22, 2015

Read the full Adventist Review Article here.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

School of Education Receives Distinctions

by Jenna Neil

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

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

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

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

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

The program also received recognition for their science division.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Two "Selma" Screenings on Campus

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

ArtFest 2015 Begins This Week

by Becky St. Clair

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Leadership Partners in Brazil

by Jenna Neil

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, February 6, 2015

Faculty Trio Concert

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

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

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

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Andrews Celebrates Black History Month

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All events are free and open to the public.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, February 2, 2015

Wind Symphony Presents Winter Concert

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

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

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

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

Tied Up In Knotts

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Online MBA Program Ranked in Top 50

by Jenna Neil

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

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

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

Monday, January 26, 2015

Andrews Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr.

by Jenna Neil

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information about Alston, visit

Friday, January 16, 2015

Mark Finley at Andrews University

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Adventism in China

by Lucero Castellanos-Guirre

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information on Adventist mission work in China visit

Staff Member Tells Sam Campbell's Story

by Becky St. Clair

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To watch a trailer for the documentary, visit

Online Nursing Program Ranked in Top 25

by Lucero Castellanos-Guirre

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Student Missions Week

The week of January 18-24 is Student Missions Week on the campus of Andrews University. An information booth will be located in the Student Center and donations to the Student Missions program can be made at  

Monday, January 12, 2015

Andrews Honors Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Andrews Introduces Biotechnology Program

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, December 19, 2014

Academic Conference to be Held at Andrews

by Jenna Neil

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Howard Center Presents... "His Creation"

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

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

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

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

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Faculty Senate on Race & Justice

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, December 5, 2014

Student Gardens Represent at Conference

by Jenna Neil

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Department of PT Receives Recycling Grant

 by Lucero Castellanos-Aguirre

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To learn more about the Department of Physical Therapy, visit

Carmelita Troy Interviewed on 3ABN

by Jenna Neil

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Andrews a STEM Jobs Approved University

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

United Way Campaign Results

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

He Can Use Anyone

by Jenna Neil

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, November 10, 2014

Class Gifts Bell Hall Outdoor Study Area

by Jenna Neil

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, November 7, 2014

Outrunning the Future

by Lucero Castellanos-Aguirre

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Veterans Day Tribute

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

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

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

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

Update on Ebola Crisis

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, October 30, 2014

An Evening of Love Songs

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

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

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

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

Songs of Solitude and Renewal

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Envision Magazine & Student Movement Win Awards

by Becky St. Clair

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Adventist Engaged Encounter 2014

by Cassandra Hales

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Enrollment Report for Fall 2014

by Stephen Payne

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

U.S. News & World Report

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Update on Seminary Headship Statement

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Michael Polite New Associate Chaplain

by Lucero Castellanos

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Math, Physics Major Presents to NSA

by Lucero Castellanos-Aguirre

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UCRLA Offers Dyslexia Intervention

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


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

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

Testing services offered by the UCRLA include:

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

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

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

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

Monday, October 6, 2014

"Ellen Harmon White: American Prophet"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

School of Ed Online Program Ranks High

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

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

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

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

Friday, October 3, 2014

Andrews Kicks off United Way Campaign

by Becky St. Clair

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Howard Center Presents...Telegraph Quartet

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

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

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

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

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


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Barnes & Noble to Take Over Bookstore

by Jenna Neil

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, September 29, 2014

Howard Center Presents...Jars of Clay

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

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

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

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

Thursday, September 25, 2014

AFIA 2014 5K Rice Run

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Alumni Homecoming This Weekend

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

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

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

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

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

To view a complete schedule of events, visit

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Health & Fitness Expo

by Becky St. Clair

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

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

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

Monday, September 15, 2014

Frances Faehner & Marcia Kilsby Receive Awards

by Jenna Neil

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Small Business Showcase & Lake Effect Jazz Big Band

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Howard Center Presents...Dana Lyn & Kyle Sanna

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

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

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

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

Monday, September 8, 2014

Andrews Electronics Recycling Day

by Becky St. Clair

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

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

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

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

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

For more information please visit or email

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Howard Center Presents...Petar Jankovic Ensemble

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

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

The group is comprised of Maria Storm, first violin; Azusa Tashiro, second violin; Amanda Grimm,viola; Kyra Saltman, cello; and Petar Jankovic, guitar. Jankovic teaches at Indiana University–Jacobs School of Music, where he is the coordinator for the guitar department.

Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for Andrews University faculty and staff, and $5 for students. They can be purchased online at or at the box office by calling 888-467-6442. Classical radio station 90.7 WAUS is a media sponsor for this concert.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Andrews Hosts Pathfinder Day

On Sunday, August 10, more than 100 Andrews University volunteers welcomed over 700 Pathfinders onto campus. The first-ever Pathfinder Day, coordinated by Rebecca May, community relations coordinator, Shelly Erhard, director of student visits, and Brittany Felder, student visits coordinator, introduced attendees to the University, some for the first time, and many of the great things it has to offer. Representatives from 29 states, as well as from England, Papua New Guinea, Brazil and the British Virgin Islands, were among the groups who came as a precursor to their arrival at the Pathfinder Camporee in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, which began two days later.

“About a year ago several areas on campus started receiving inquiries from Pathfinder groups who wanted to stop by on their way to Oshkosh this summer,” says May. “While we wanted to provide that opportunity, we also knew it would be impossible to accommodate multiple groups coming to campus over the course of a couple of weeks at that time of the year.”

At the same time as Pathfinders would be making the trek to Wisconsin, Andrews had summer graduation and the arrival of freshmen for the upcoming school year, in addition to many staff and faculty heading to Oshkosh themselves to assist with the Camporee.

“It’s a challenging time to have an influx of campus visitors for an extended period of time,” says May.

So, in January she got together with three other staff members and decided to create a one-day event for Pathfinders to visit and experience Andrews. With no additional budgetary allocations for the event, the involved departments stretched their collective resources and made a plan.

“We decided to cap the event at 1,000 people,” says May. “When a registration link was posted on the Camporee website for Andrews University Pathfinder Day, in less than a week we had over 1,000 registered and we quickly closed registration!”

The number eventually settled to 625, with a few groups showing up unregistered on the day of the event.

Participants had 16 different activities to choose from, all staffed by volunteers from across campus. Those who participated in at least four events were eligible to receive the coveted Andrews University pin to wear proudly around Oshkosh.

Activities included a musical petting zoo, tours of the Horn Archaeological Museum, hayrides to the dairy, disc golf, campus tree walks, pipe organ demonstrations and swimming in the pool, in addition to three honors offered: Flower Culture, Livestock and Bones & Muscles.

“Andrews has so much to offer students academically, socially and spiritually,” says Ron Whitehead, executive director for the International Pathfinder Camporee. “Most of the 50,000 student Pathfinders are in public education and do not know much about Adventist higher education. So it was a great opportunity to give them a look at a university that represents the world.”

In addition to the volunteers, the event could not have happened without the financial partnership of several areas of campus. The Andrews Airpark provided a pancake breakfast, for which Enrollment Management provided eggs and pancake toppings, Andrews Student Gardens obtained fruit at wholesale prices for lunch, Apple Valley supplied cookies for dessert at lunch, and Dining Services offered an extremely good price for lunch and supper to make them affordable. Guest & Convention Services paid for the Pathfinder Day pins that participants received at the end of the day, and the Division of Integrated Marketing & Communication produced and paid for printed promotional materials.

“We will definitely do this again in five years,” says May. “It was a blast and I think next time will be even better.”

Friday, August 22, 2014

Seminary Releases Statement on Church Headship

by Becky St. Clair

On Thursday, August 21, the Andrews University Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary voted and released a major statement on headship in the church. This document is based on careful study of the scriptures and the Spirit of Prophecy. It represents a consensus of the Seminary faculty who created this document as a service to the worldwide church.

“I am excited to offer to the church this biblical-theological study that uplifts the unique headship of Christ in the church,” says Jiří Moskala, dean of the Seminary. “It is my hope that it will significantly contribute to the current debates on leadership.”

The statement’s preamble says, “While there exists legitimate leadership in the church, no other human being may rightfully claim a headship role in the church. As head of the church, Christ provides the ultimate manifestation of God’s love, demonstrating and vindicating God’s moral government of love, and thus defeating the counterfeit government of the usurping ‘ruler of this world.’”

The seven-page document includes detailed discourse on God’s moral government of love, the Great Controversy between Christ and Satan, the unique and non-transferable headship of Christ, and a section on affirmations and denials compiled by the faculty of the Seminary.

“I am grateful for the faculty that is dedicated and committed to the church and its mission,” says Moskala, “as they worked diligently and prayerfully to produce this statement. I pray that this document will prove to be a unifying influence in the church.”

To read the full statement, visit

SPLAD Achieves Master's Accreditation Candidacy

The Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) has completed its review of the Level II Candidacy application for the master’s program in speech-language pathology at Andrews University. Based on a thorough review of all candidacy materials for the program, the CAA voted to award candidacy for a period of five years beginning July 1, 2014.

“The CAA determined that the program demonstrated sufficient compliance with the Standards for Accreditation,” said Joan Blessing, chair of the CAA. “We look forward to working with the faculty at Andrews in the development of the master’s program.”

Award of candidacy allows the program to matriculate students into the program as it continues to document compliance with accreditation standards for the duration of the candidacy accreditation cycle.

“It is very exciting to learn that we have not only been granted candidacy but we have been granted the candidacy for the maximum of five years,” says Heather Ferguson, chair of the Department of Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology. “I am thrilled about this progress and continue to thank God for His guidance and for each of the faculty and administrators who enabled us to work together as a team to allow this to happen.”

For information about the Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology program, visit, email or call 269-471-3468.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Professors to do Research in Oslo

by Becky St. Clair

The 2014-15 school year includes an exciting opportunity for professors Øystein and Asta LaBianca. Øystein is the associate director of the Institute of Archaeology and professor of anthropology and Asta is instructor of English, both at Andrews University, and both have a long-standing involvement with Andrews’ archaeological dig at Tall Hisban in Jordan.

Øystein’s involvement has included working with Terje Stordalen, a professor at the University of Oslo in Norway. During the coming school year, Oystein will be based at the Centre for Advanced Study (CAS) at the Norwegian Academy of Sciences and Letters in Oslo. This appointment is part of the CAS’s annual selection of three research projects they fully fund and host for ten months.

Terje and Øystein’s project, “Local Dynamics of Globalization in the Pre-Modern Southern Levant,” is the CAS’s humanities project this year. Projects are selected based on a rigorous vetting process involving Norwegian and international review teams. The multi-disciplinary and international team of eight full-time researchers was awarded a generous grant to collaborate on their research.

“We’re looking to understand the role of canonized texts such as the Bible and the Koran in influencing and shaping the cultural and political programs in the pre-modern southern Levant—Israel, Jordan and Palestine,” says Øystein. “Particularly we’re interested in those that were championed by kings and emperors.”

In addition, their research is looking at the daily lives and aspirations of individuals, families and local communities in this area throughout the centuries.

“This research will contribute insight into the impact of globalization on traditional sources of cultural and political legitimacy, social order and conflict in the region today,” he adds.

Øystein’s input to this collaboration will be his research on the role of “great” (imperial) and “little” (local) traditions in shaping changes over time in the way of life of the inhabitants of Tall Hisban since early Iron Age times (1300 BC) to the present. In addition to contributing chapters to joint publications of the research group, Øystein aims to complete writing the final volume in the 14-volume series about Tall Hisban, “Hisban in Global History.”

Asta has been part of many field seasons in Jordan and has helped gather ethnographic information about the way of life of the present-day population living in vicinity of the ancient archaeological mound.

She will serve as lead editor and contributing author of the fourth and final publication of the series about Tall Hisban, Ethnoarchaeological Foundations. Kristin Witzel, adjunct professor in the Department of Behavioral Sciences, will also be assisting with this volume.

“This part will document and explain the nature of various ‘little traditions’ observed in the village of Hisban in the recent past,” says Asta. “This includes residential flexibility, hospitality, honor and shame and tribalism.”

A faculty research grant from the Andrews University Office of Research & Creative Scholarship has enabled two undergraduate anthropology majors, Brittany Swart and Doneva Walker, to assist the LaBiancas with computerizing archival records, ethnographic notes, photographs and relevant articles. This will make them accessible in digitized form in Oslo for Asta’s use.

Learn more about their project at

Speech & Hearing Clinic Expansion

by Becky St. Clair

Andrews University now offers expanded services at their hearing clinic. As this student-led, faculty-supervised clinic is an integral part of the training program for the Department of Speech-Language, Pathology & Audiology, only nominal fees are charged for community members who wish to utilize its services. The clinic’s expansion allows the clinic to reach more people in the community.

The SPLAD hearing clinic is now scheduling appointments for both children and adults for evaluation and treatment of speech, language and hearing concerns in the following areas:

  • Speech/Articulation
  • Child/school age language
  • Hearing evaluation
  • Auditory processing therapy
  • Phonemic awareness/literacy
  • Feeding and swallowing
  • Accent/dialect modification
  • Stuttering
  • Aphasia
  • Motor speech disorders (Apraxia/Dysarthria)
  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Voice
  • Aural rehabilitation
  • Social aspects of language/pragmatics

To make an appointment, please contact the Department of Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology at 269-471-3468 or

For more information about the SPLAD program, visit, call 269-471-3468 or email

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, email 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

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

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, 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

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
Castillo, Anamaria
Catumbela, Edna E.
Chacko, Matthew W.
Chadwick, Marthita N.
Chang, Alexis J.
Chang, Samantha N.
Cheek, Katherine E.
Cheeseboro, Belinda D.
Chen, Siyu
Chen, Yiqi
Chi, Hannah J.
Chirachevin, Purin
Chlevin, Cassandra N.
Cho, Brandon S.
Cho, Eun Byeol
Cho, Hyein
Choi, Benjamin Y.
Choi, Hannah D.
Choi, Hannah J.
Choi, Ji Min
Choi, Kenneth D.
Choi, Michael
Chong, Aram
Chun, Noah Y.
Clark, Bre'Anna S.
Clark, Richard A.
Coleman, Ayanna C.
Coleman, Casey A.
Coleman-Prouty, Elaine M.
Colomb, Ashley M.
Comeau, Ryan R.
Cook, Gabrielle E.
Cooper, Bradley A.
Corion, Tanika L.
Costa, Adislen
Covrig, Colette L.
Croughan, Brenden C.
Cruttenden, Rebecca L.
Dalgleish, Hannah M.
Davidovas, Steven N.
Davis, Donovan J.
Davis, Jodeon Y.
Davisson, Richard A.
Defensor, Renon A.
Dehm, Kayla J.
Delgado, Adriana P.
Delgado, Carla D.
Desrosiers, Reginald J.
Destine, Tarah K.
DeWind, Katie L.
Dieck, Megan E.
Dietrich, Kevin H.
Dillard, Kiara L.
Distan, Erikah A.
Diya, Ralph T.
Diya, Rolane Tweenie T.
Dominguez, Saul
Dooks, Alicia M.
Dooks, Megan N.
Doram, Jonathan E.
Duah, Martha M.
Dunn, Christina N.
Dunn, Tatianna J.
Durandis, Perla
Duvra, Daniela M.
Easton, Samantha J.
Ellis, Whitney N.
Emanuel, Jamie E.
Ezeribe, Hazel O.
Faletogo, Ieti
Fatal, Melissa
Fennig, Kalyn C.
Fernand, Avielle
Filkoski, Jennifer L.
Flores, Josias A.
Fogel, Abraham L.
Francis, Ludanne G.
Frazier, Kerry E.
Frey, Delia S.
Froemming, Krista L.
Fuhrman, Gregory J.
Fuller, Rebecca A.
Gaines, Zipporah R.
Garcia, Miguel A.
Gehring, Nicholas R.
Gensolin, Rachelle J.
Gilbert, Cassandra S.
Gillen, Erica S.
Gillespie, Calin C.
Gomez, Daniel M.
Gonzalez, Amante J.
Greene, Bonnie L.
Grellmann, Shelly M.
Grube, Austin M.
Gruesbeck, Michael L.
Guo, Jia
Haankwenda, Shaun M.
Halbritter, Kathryn R.
Hall, Dakota J.
Hall, L'Mar A.
Harmon, Ronald A.
Hart, Kelsey T.
Harvey, Courtney-Lynn
Haskins, Dwagne J.
Hazen, Harper J.
Hendrickson, Kyrsten J.
Henry, Irma
Hernandez, Michael E.
Hess, Michael L.
Hickman, Joseph D.
Hilton, Nathon L.
Hinds, Givan A.
Hodges, Alexander W.
Hodges, Cooper B.
Holdipp, Stefan E.
Holzschuher, Jordan A.
Hong, Andrew J.
Hong, Sung Ho
Horn, Joshua G.
Hotz, Natalie R.
Hu, Yuan Chang B.
Huh, Austin S.
Hunt, Renee A.
Hwang, Irene S.
Hwang, Yeseul
Iller, Eliana C.
Im, Justin H.
Imperio, Michelle E.
Ito, Keiko A.
Jaeger, Jonathan B.
James, Alanna E.
Jamieson, Sarah R.
Jardine, Kalissa H.
Jarvis, Ryan David T.
Jencks, Adam S.
Jenkins, Christopher M.
Jeon, Won Jin
Jewett, Robert C.
Jiang, Kun
Jin, Soo Y.
Joseph, Jenise S.
Joslin, Jeffrey M.
Jung, Nathaniel H.
Kang, Luke C.
Kang, Yoona
Kapusi, Thomas
Kelchner, Amber M.
Kerbs, Julia E.
Kessler, Jeanmark D.
Kim, Anna
Kim, Bomi
Kim, Christopher J.
Kim, Chu Hyun
Kim, Elizabeth J.
Kim, Hong Min
Kim, Hwakyeong
Kim, Ivan S.
Kim, Jamie M.
Kim, Ji hee
Kim, Joy S.
Kim, Justin Y.
Kim, Na Hyoung
Kim, Shanelle E.
Kim, Si In
King, Olivia C.
King, Travis M.
Kingman, John E.
Kip, Nathalie C.
Kivumbi, Molly N.
Knight, Kayla C.
Kolpacoff, Viktoria L.
Koltuk, Inna F.
Korenichenko, Aleksey V.
Kotanko, Le'von A.
Kozyarevskaya, Kristina A.
Krause, Andrew
Krzywon, Lucyna H.
Krzywon, Lukasz J.
Kutzner, Andrew R.
Kwon, Anna Y.
Kyi, Priscilla
LaFave, Adam D.
Laird, Kimberly D.
Lam, Jessenia W.
Lambeth, Emily J.
LaPointe, Jillian A.
Lassonnier, Nina N.
Lavalas, Jewell D.
LaVanture, John D.
Lawrence, Keri E.
Leavitt, Bethany E.
Lebo, Jon L.
Lee, Charles J.
Lee, Christopher S.
Lee, Erin A.
Lee, Jee Yeon
Lee, Jeong Bin
Lee, Ji Yeon
Lee, Jonathan
Lee, Joseph Y.
Lee, Lynda
Lee, Melissa
Lee, Nathaniel J.
Lee, Seong Min D.
Leung, Wan Hay
Lindstrom, Nathan R.
Little, Matthew D.
Lofthouse, Hayley J.
Logan, Julie M.
Logan, Kari M.
Logan, Ryan Z.
Lowe, Lauren E.
Lozano Sanchez, Carlos R.
Mackintosh, Tia C.
Magbanua, Anthony D.
Magsipoc, Adrianne R.
Maravilla, Cynthia M.
Mariquit, Chelsea F.
Markham, Cheri L.
Marshall, Karel L.
Marston, Adrian R.
Masterova, Angelina S.
Mbungu, Hannah M.
McAllister, Jevoni W.
McAuliffe, Emily M.
McCall, Holly E.
McDonald, Danielle T.
McDonald, Kimberlyn E.
McDonald, Robert C.
McDonald, Shenika K.
McGill, Daniel R.
McGill, Kristopher J.
McGuire, Tim S.
Mcintosh, Rroya-rae M.
McLarty, Mindy J.
Mejia, Dassia G.
Mendizabal, Larry B.
Menhardt, Brock M.
Mercado, Nicole
Messinger, Jared S.
Mikkelson, Erika M.
Milam, Sidney N.
Miller, Angelica J.
Miller, Christin M.
Mitacek, Kristiana N.
Moepeng, Lerato
Moise-Decembre, Tamara
Momohara, Michael M.
Moncrieff, Andre E.
Mondak, Adam M.
Mondak, Jordan D.
Monroe, Jannel A.
Montalvo, Aaron E.
Montoya, Cesar R.
Moon, Alison R.
Moon, Robert D.
Moon, Sunhye
Moore, Amanda M.
Moore, Dori B.
Mora, Diana K.
Morford, Alyssa D.
Morris, Serena T.
Moses, Joanna A.
Mthiyane, Wandile F.
Mulzac, Karla E.
Mumu, Teddy M.
Murnighan, Russell C.
Murray, Kathy-Ann D.
Musgrove, Erin
Musvosvi, Rufaro C.
Mwangi, Fonda W.
Mwinga, Lukonde S.
Mwinga, Nhimba M.
Nam, Ansel H.
Nazareno, Erick
Ncube, Cebolenkosi R.
Ndlovu, Kimberly C.
Nelson, Bailey T.
Nelson, Brian R.
Nelson, Robert-Ray C.
Neufville, Candace J.
Ng, Kimberlyn C.
Ngugi, Joses N.
Nieman, Stephanie
Niere, Derek Adam G.
Niere, Nicole G.
Nommik, Aldar
Nshuti, Marius H.
Nyirashishi, Leah
Odong, Maranata A.
Ogoti, Purity K.
Olakowski, Emily A.
Oliveira, Daniella E.
Oliveira, Jeffrey R.
Omane, Kofi A.
Orozco, Daniella S.
Ortiz, Caleb
Ortiz, David E.
Osborne, Joseph K.
Owino, Jimmy O.
Pacamalan, Alexa N.
Pak, Alysha J.
Paquette, Joel J.
Paris, Kristina L.
Parker, Kayla M.
Pasos, Gabriella A.
Paul, Rassaïda M.
Pearson, Bryan D.
Peart, Daniel S.
Penaredondo, Gian L.
Penny, Veronica S.
Penrod, Jonathan J.
Penrod, Luke A.
Pepper, Katrina R.
Perez Barreto, Mara D.
Perkins, Emily A.
Permaul, Natalie R.
Pierre, Naude C.
Pierre, Neehall B.
Pierre, Rose
Plantak, Mihael
Polski, Robert M.
Powers, Brian S.
Rambo, Nina Marie
Ramos, Gercelino D.
Randolph, Zachary A.
Ravell, Eloise M.
Ray, Rebekah S.
Raynor, Carl D.
Recinos, Stefany L.
Reddig, Heidi A.
Reed, Megan P.
Regal, David P.
Reichert, Ashley A.
Reichert, Zachary M.
Reid, Nichole S.
Rengifo, Brenda L.
Resilien, Samuel
Resler, Jacob B.
Rieger, Cody A.
Rikin, Patricia F.
Ringer, Mark B.
Rivers, Robert J.
Roberts, Chenelle K.
Robley-Spencer, Melaine J.
Roderick, Andrew S.
Rodriguez, Jatniel A.
Roe, Sara M.
Rojas Marrugo, Cesar E.
Rollins, Paris D.
Romero, Kayla N.
Ronjak, Daniel M.
Roschman, Melodie A.
Roselio, Dawn C.
Ross, Danielle A.
Rosu, Carmella
Roy, Nolan
Rubin de Celis, Angela
Ruhupatty, Melisa A.
Ruiz, Jason S.
Rurangirwa, Melody N.
Ryoo, Seunghyun
Ryu, Hyeri
Sabin, Erick A.
Samos, Adrienne I.
Sarno, Kelcey M.
Saucedo, Frank J.
Savage, Kristine M.
Schell, Elisabeth
Schwarz, Shawn G.
Scott, Ciara J.
Scott, Emily A.
Scott, Myrtie R.
Seats, Celeena M.
Seo, Ye Lim
Sharley, Jonathan
Sherman, Elisabeth L.
Shin, Dong-Hee
Shin, Eui Young
Shockey, Brian D.
Shockey, Jason R.
Shon, Bonnie So
Shou, Aaron T.
Shultz, Jacina R.
Simpson, Andrew J.
Sittlinger, Cady N.
Sjoren, Gunnar Leighton J.
Smith, Jalisa R.
Smith, Jourdain A.
Smith, Kourtney R.
Smith, Renee A.
Sokolies, Katerina N.
Soto, Karen P.
Spieth, Christa A.
Spoon, Amber R.
Stafford, Isabel S.
Stahl, Joshua L.
Starkey, Mary K.
Starr, Meredith P.
Stelfox, Sarah M.
Stern, Brittany J.
Stewart, Andrew R.
Stout, Elisabeth E.
Suinda, Stephan J.
Sung, Kyung je
Sutton, Lindsay M.
Swann, Dana A.
Taujale, Susmita
Tenorio, Emma-Skye
Thaw, Kevvin M.
Thiele, Satoshi K.
Thomas, David N.
Thomas, Jeremy N.
Thomas, Katelyn R.
Thornhill, Rosanne N.
Tiffany, Jeremiah G.
Torres-Colon, Roxanna N.
Tremols-Castillo, Meylin Y.
Trevilato, Giancarlo C.
Trine, Allison D.
Tritch, William T.
Tsui, Chun Lam
Turenne, Thorine M.
Turner, Amber P.
Turner, Tiffany T.
Tutupoly, Daniel M.
Tyson, Ashley L.
Ulangca, Randall S.
Ulangca, Richard A.
Ulery, Richelle L.
Urbina, Bryan E.
Uzuegbu, Krystal C.
Vallado, Nina
Vargas, Jaime J.
Vedoya, Kristina M.
Verrill, Nathan A.
Von Henner, Stefan C.
Vu, Huong T.
Wackerle, Katherina S.
Wahlen, Michael A.
Walayat, Andrew J.
Walker, Mindy R.
Wallace, Kristen E.
Wasylyshen, Karen V.
Watson, Justin S.
Watson, Way Anne B.
Wedderburn, Chrystal E.
Weir, Sumiko K.
Wells, William F.
Whiting, Andrew B.
Whitlow, Amanda M.
Wilkerson, Holly R.
Williams, Tanner J.
Williams, Vanessa Y.
Willmott, Ashok N.
Wilson, Kevin S.
Wineland, Serena B.
Winnard, Thomas J.
Wixwat, Maria E.
Wolfer, Jonathon D.
Wong, Ngai
Wong, Wai Shan A.
Woo, Hwuk Chan
Wood, Holly A.
Wykes, Kimberly G.
Xu, Zihui
Yadata, Abel B.
Yang, Da Eun
Yendell, Samantha G.
Yoo, Yeo Jin
Yoon, Bitna
Yoon, Jessica E.
Yoon, Joyce M.
Yoon, Taemin
You, Eui Bin
Young, Andrew J.
Young, Juliette M.
Young, Kaitlin N.
Younker, Sarah E.
Yu, So-yeun
Zdor, John S.
Zehm, Cherri J.
Zehm, Elizabeth J.
Zhu, Hongqing
Zimmerman, Dillon C.
Zimmerman, Trevor R.
Zirkle, Thomas A.


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 and follow them on Twitter @berrienmarket and at

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

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

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

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

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

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

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, call 269-471-6006 or email

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 For updates on Swensen’s Benin and other film projects, visit his website at

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

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 or email

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

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 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 or email 

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 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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