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Monday, May 5, 2014

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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Piano Trio at the Howard Center

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

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Dean's List Fall 2013

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

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Cardinal Classic Review 2014

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

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

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Nursing Board Pass Rate Soars

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

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

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Adventist Engaged Encounter

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

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Intense Winter Hits Andrews University

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

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

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Stress Management

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Black History Month 2014

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

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Trust Services Staff Earns Distinction

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

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

MLK Events 2014

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

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Dining Services Earns Distinction

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

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

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Advancement Staff Earn Certification

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

Census Day 2013

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

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

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Fall Board Report 2013

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

Thursday, November 21, 2013

AFIA Fundraises for Philippines

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

SciFEST 2013

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

Practical Place-Making

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

Professor Publishes Textbook

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

AUTV Premiers

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

Operation Christmas Child

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

University Orchestra Holds Benefit Concert

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

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


Thursday, November 7, 2013

Film Class Attends Film Festival

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

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


Music Professor Performs in Europe

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

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Biology Alumnus Receives Award

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

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

Teacher Prep Program Rated Excellent

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


Film Grad Makes Personal Documentary

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

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

<<<Read the full story>>>

Depression Awareness Day

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

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

New Interim Gymnics Coach Hired

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

With a background as... << Read the Full Story >>

Monday, September 23, 2013

Mobile Reference Service

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

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Alan Mitchell Receives Award

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

Friday, September 13, 2013

Prayer Power Hour

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

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

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

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Heritage Singers at Howard Performing Arts Center

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

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

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

New Student Vespers

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

Read the full story here!

Friday, August 23, 2013

New Astronomy Class This Fall

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

Students Building Tesla Coil

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

Friday, July 19, 2013

Howard Center Announces 2013-14 Season

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

Friday, June 28, 2013

Online BSN Completion Offered at 50% Reduction

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

Friday, June 21, 2013

June Board Report

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

Friday, June 14, 2013

Engineering Students Win Award

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

Ledesma Guest Edits Award-Winning JAE Issue

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

Friday, May 31, 2013

IAMA Conference Held at Andrews

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

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Dining Services Receives Honorable Mention

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

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Spring Commencement One of the Largest Ever

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

It's Easy Being Green

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

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

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

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

2nd Graders Visit Department of Nursing

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

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

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

Thursday, April 25, 2013

New Bible Commentary to be Published

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

Debunking Myths of the Howard Center

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

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Purse Theft Ends in Recovery of Items, Arrests

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, April 22, 2013

Students Win Redesign Challenge

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

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Howard Performing Arts Center Committed to Being Community Resource

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

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Draft of New Campus Master Plan Available for Review

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

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

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

View the new Campus Master Plan.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

2013 Faculty and Staff Awards Night Honors Employees

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

New Seminary Dean Named

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

STEM A Growing Initiative; Rachel Boothby Hired as Enrollment Coordinator

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

Monday, February 4, 2013

Envision Magazine Issues Available Online

All issues of Envision, a Christian collegiate lifestyle publication produced entirely by students, are now available online! Visit to download.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Black History Month 2013 | 1863, 1963, 2013: Crucial Moments in American History

Thursday, Jan. 31
11:30 a.m. Chapel—Pioneer Memorial Church
“Crucial Moments: An Introduction”
Featuring students Obed Zamore, Jameel Ali, Douglas DeMills

Friday, Feb. 1
7:30 p.m. University Vespers, Dan Jackson, President, North American Division
Pioneer Memorial Church
9 p.m. Impact—University Towers Auditorium

Sabbath, Feb. 2
11:45 a.m. New Life Fellowship—Seminary Chapel
5:30 p.m. Andrews University Advent Youth Service—University Towers Auditorium

Tuesday, Feb. 5
11:30 a.m. Tuesday Choices
“Implications and Impact of the Emancipation Proclamation”
Kathryn Silva Banks, assistant professor of history—Buller Hall, Room 250

“Breaking the Bonds: The Enduring Legacy of Slavery for the Black Man”
Trevor O’Reggio, associate professor of church history—Buller Hall, Room 251

Friday, Feb. 8
7:30 p.m. University Vespers
Carlton P. Byrd, Breath of Life Speaker/Director
Pioneer Memorial Church

Sabbath, Feb. 9
9 a.m. Worship Service, Carlton P. Byrd—Pioneer Memorial Church
10:30 a.m. Sabbath School—Pioneer Memorial Church
11:45 a.m. Worship Service, Carlton P. Byrd—Pioneer Memorial Church
Friday, Feb. 15
7 p.m. BSAS Vespers—Seminary Chapel
9 p.m. Impact—University Towers Auditorium

Sabbath, Feb. 16
11:45 a.m. New Life Fellowship, African Day—Seminary Chapel
4 p.m. “The Power of Sum,” Deliverance Mass Choir, Journey and others—Howard Performing Arts Center

Tuesday, Feb. 19
11:30 a.m. Tuesday Choices
“From ‘Jim Crow’ Laws to the March on Washington," Kathryn Silva-Banks, assistant professor of history—Buller Hall, Room 250

“Does Affirmative Action Create Job Search Equality?” Tim Nixon, associate chaplain, and Leilani Langdon, career coordinator/counselor—Buller Hall, Room 251

Friday, Feb. 22
7 p.m. BSAS Vespers—Seminary Chapel
9 p.m. Impact—University Towers Auditorium

Sabbath, Feb. 23
11:45 a.m. New Life Fellowship, Caribbean Day—Seminary Chapel

Tuesday, Feb. 26
10:30 a.m. BSAS Seminary Forum, Ron C. Smith, president, Southern Union—Seminary Chapel
11:30 a.m. Tuesday Choices
“Historical Implications of Current Events Such as the Election of Barack Obama," Kathryn Silva-Banks, assistant professor of history—Buller Hall, Room 250

“Is America Truly Post-racial?” Spencer Carter, director/dean, Meier Hall, and Edward Woods III—Buller Hall, Room 251

Thursday, January 17, 2013

New Email Addresses for Student Financial Services Advisors

The email addresses for financial advisors in the Office of Student Financial Services have changed. Please make note in your directory.

  First Letter of Last Name Email
Kemmoree Duncombe A–C
Mersha Rowley D–K
Fares Magesa L–Q
Qaisar Ayaz R–Z
Ronisia Marinho Intl. Students/ I-20 Questions


Friday, January 4, 2013

Christmas Caroling with the Cardinals

The Andrews University Cardinal men’s and women’s basketball teams did more than shoot baskets this season. In light of the holidays, the teams took a timeout to lift others up with Christmas carols, gifts and laughter during a recent tournament at La Sierra University in Riverside, Calif.

The Andrews teams were at La Sierra for their first-time participation in the university’s Holiday Tournament. From December 15–17, the Cardinals played games against other Adventist institutions including La Sierra University, Pacific Union College, and Oakwood University.

On the second day of the tournament, the coaching staff and players loaded onto the buses to go caroling and give gifts to needy families in the area.

“We wanted to do a special outreach project in the community,” says Dave Jardine, men’s head basketball coach and director of athletics at Andrews University. “Prior to the tournament, I contacted the La Sierra University Church looking for three families we could carol and bring gifts to. We got the names of three families: two with five children each and one with two children.”

That evening, the 30 student athletes and five coaching staff polished up their caroling skills. When they visited each family, Jardine briefly introduced the group while the players handed out gifts and sang carols. The Cardinals took special requests like Jingle Bells and Silent Night, and even attempted a rendition of The 12 Days of Christmas (skipping only a few days, laughs Jardine).

“When the families heard us coming, I’m pretty sure they expected a typical group of singers... Boy, were they wrong. We spiced up every song we sang and it was great to see their expressions,” says Kenny Dupont, freshmen forward on the men’s team. “It’s an experience we won’t forget and neither will they.”

One of the three families made a particularly lasting impression on the Cardinals. After singing and handing out gifts to the five children, the oldest of the siblings hugged Jardine and kept saying, ‘Thank you, thank you.” His mother had asked earlier if they could not give the children gifts that night so they’d have something to open on Christmas morning.

“We knew how much they needed and decided to give them gifts that night as well as extra for Christmas Day,” says Jardine.

The children received gifts like backpacks, basketballs and gift cards.

The players enjoyed giving nearly as much as the children enjoyed receiving. “It showed me how much fun and enjoyable it can be to give something to someone else,” says Cliff Allen, starting center for the men’s team.

“It made me smile and feel better to see the families light up with joy,” recalls Janessa Sorrells, guard for the women’s team. “It’s the little things we do to help others that matter most.”

This was the first time both teams have gone caroling as an outreach event, but it won’t be the last, says Jardine.

-Written by Ashleigh Jardine

Friday, December 14, 2012

Andrews an "Overperforming School" According to U.S. News & World Report

Andrews University was recently ranked #11 on U.S. News & World Report’s Overperforming Schools in the Nation list, with an overall score of +75. This concept measures the degree to which a university’s overall position in the rankings exceeds or falls short of its undergraduate academic reputation rank.

This was the magazine’s first-ever analysis of colleges in the national universities ranking category that are overperforming or underperforming their undergraduate academic reputations in terms of their overall Best Colleges 2013 rankings.
“This report appears to support the reality that small private/Christian institutions can—and often do—offer an environment of excellence and nurturing where students thrive and succeed, often beyond what might be expected,” says Andrea Luxton, provost of Andrews University. “However, it is also difficult for smaller institutions to find the resources to communicate that value widely, which inevitably leads to an underestimation of value. As far as Andrews is concerned, this report recognizes that our quality programs are very competitive with some of the best institutions in the nation.”

In the study, the schools that were ranked, which include Andrews University, performed well in key academic metrics such as selective admissions, financial and faculty resources, alumni giving, and graduation and retention rates. Andrews University was the only institution in the Seventh-day Adventist educational system to be recognized as an overperforming university.

“With the additional value of the element of our Christian community, we have a winning combination!” says Luxton.

Earlier this year, Andrews University made a few other U.S. News & World Report college ranking lists too. With a diversity index of .73, the University tied for 4th in Campus Ethnic Diversity and with 13% of our student body composed of international students, Andrews tied for 9th in Most International Students.

Other overperforming universities include: Adelphi University, N.Y. (#1); Ashland University, Ohio (#2); University of St. Thomas, Minn. (#3); Stevens Institute of Technology, N.J. (#4); St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, Minn. (#5); Azusa Pacific University, Calif. (#6); Edgewood College, Wis. (#7); University of Tulsa, Okla. (#8); Yeshiva University, N.Y. (#9); Biola University, Calif. (#10); St. John Fisher College, N.Y. (#12); South Carolina State University, S.C. (#13); University of La Verne, Calif. (#14) and Maryville University of St. Louis, Mo. (#15).

For more information on the rankings, visit

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Annual Testing of the Fire Alarm and Sprinkler Systems

Monday, Dec. 17, 2012 to Friday, Jan. 4, 2013

The Office of Campus Safety will be conducting routine tests of the fire alarm and sprinkler suppression systems from Monday, Dec. 17, 2012 to Friday, Jan. 4, 2013. These tests are required by the State of Michigan. Both tests will cause the building’s fire alarm system to activate with both visual and audible notifications. During this test period only, if a fire alarm activates in your building and lasts for less than 2 minutes, disregard the alarm. If an alarm is activated for a real emergency during the test period, the Office of Campus Safety will respond immediately and start the evacuation process. The alarm will continue to sound until the emergency has been resolved.

The annual test of the sprinkler system (visual and audible only; no water) will take place in the following buildings:

  • Andrews Academy
  • Airpark—Seamont Building
  • Buller Hall
  • Burman Hall
  • Campus Center
  • Chan Shun Hall
  • Damazo Hall
  • Grounds
  • Halenz Hall
  • Harrigan Hall
  • Haughey Hall
  • Howard Performing Arts Center
  • James White Library
  • Nethery Hall
  • Price Hall
  • Ruth Murdoch Elementary School
  • Seminary (Tan Hall)

The annual test of the fire alarm system will affect the following buildings:

  • Administration Building
  • Airpark—Seamont Building
  • Airpark—Simulator Building
  • Andrews Academy
  • Architecture Building
  • Art & Design Center
  • Beaty Pool/Johnson Gym
  • Bell Hall
  • Buller Hall
  • Burman Hall
  • Campus Center
  • Chan Shun Hall
  • Damazo Hall
  • Garland Apartment Building A
  • Garland Apartment Building C
  • Griggs Hall/Lake Union Building
  • Halenz Hall
  • Hamel Hall
  • Harrigan Hall
  • Haughey Hall
  • Horn Museum
  • Howard Performing Arts Center
  • Information Services Building
  • James White Library
  • Lamson Hall
  • Marsh Hall
  • Meier Hall
  • Nethery Hall
  • Physical Therapy Building
  • Pioneer Memorial Church
  • Power Plant (HVAC)
  • Price Hall
  • Ruth Murdoch Elementary School
  • Seminary (Tan Hall)
  • Smith Hall
  • University Medical Center
Monday, December 3, 2012

Student Wins First Place at Conference

An Andrews University student in the J.N. Andrews Honors Program took home the first place award in her category from the National Collegiate Honors Council Conference held in Boston, Mass., in mid-November.  Read full story.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

October Board Report

President Niels-Erik Andreasen presented his Board Briefing on Oct. 30 to faculty and staff in the Newbold Auditorium of Buller Hall. Read the full story.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

New Issue of Envision Now Available

The latest issue of Envision, Andrews University’s Christian collegiate magazine, was formally launched on Thursday, Nov. 8, in the Campus Center. This is the fourth annual issue of the collegiate magazine produced by the collaborative effort of Andrews’ students from multiple academic disciplines.

“The students have once again outdone themselves providing top-notch writing, photography and design,” says Debbie Michel, associate professor of communication and editor-in-chief of Envision.
This year’s issue features articles on many topics of special interest to students, including ways to stay energized, how to get a great internship, and how to erase student loan debt. The new issue also includes several feature articles on Andrews’ students. “We feature some students who’ve tackled some pretty daunting challenges head-on, which, of course, would not be possible without the power of God in their lives,” says Michel. Among these inspirational stories is the cover story for this issue, featuring “G.I. Joe Rivera.” “I believe there’s something in that story that will encourage and revitalize anyone who reads it,” says Michel.
Envision is created entirely by students in the classes Publication Production, Advanced Media Writing, Publication Design, and Studio Photography. Students were able to apply the skills they were learning in class to produce a finished, real-world product.

“It’s a great portfolio piece for them to show what they can do, in settings as close to the real world as a college environment allows,” says Michel. Students receive firsthand experience in every step of the process of writing, editing, designing and photographing a magazine.

“It was a great experience and I learned a lot about how a magazine works,” says Tacyana Behrmann, one of the magazine’s student editors. After her first year working on the magazine, Tacyana feels that she learned a lot about the business. “It gave me a look into the magazine publishing world—what it takes and the work that goes into it,” she says, describing how she used the campus “grapevine” to find stories for the magazine. Tacyana was one of about 50 students who were involved in producing this issue of Envision.
Envision is available for purchase for $2.50 at the Gazebo, the Andrews Bookstore, Apple Valley, Harding’s and the ABC. For more information on Envision or to get involved in the next issue, contact Debbie Michel at

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Andrews University United Way Goal Reached!

Thanks to the enthusiasm of our campus employees, we have surpassed our participation goal and our campaign dollar goal in record time. To date, 114 individual employees have donated $11,500. Both of these numbers exceed the previous five years of Andrews United Way Employee Campaigns. I am deeply grateful for the campus spirit of generosity and support. I believe the United Way Campaign is a very visible and powerful way to provide stewardship and support to our community. All locally donated funds are distributed locally. Andrews University can become the light and salt our neighbors need, right here in Southwest Michigan.

As promised, I will now, literally, "Jump into the United Way Campaign." You are invited to come to the Beaty Pool on Thursday, Nov. 15, at 3:30 p.m. to witness my plunge. (Live streaming will be available at Representatives from United Way will also be on hand. Their staff has been encouraged by our increased support, and the accompanying fun, and they want to join in celebrating the successful conclusion of our Andrews United Way Employee Campaign.

Thank you, as well, to those who will be impressed to give in our final days of this campaign, which formally closes on November 14. If you haven’t given to this year’s campaign, we still welcome your pledge forms. Pledge forms may be returned to the Office of the President. The four-digit on-campus zip code is 0670.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Will Dr. Andreasen Jump into a Pool in his Suit? : United Way Employee Campaign

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Denis Fortin, dean of the Seminary, Announces Return to Full-Time Teaching

Denis Fortin, dean of the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary, has announced his plans to return to full-time teaching effective with the 2013–14 school year. Fortin has served as faculty at Andrews since 1994 and the last six years as dean.
“For personal and professional reasons, I have come to the conclusion that after serving in academic administration for the better part of the last 14 years, as director of the Master of Divinity program for three years, as associate dean for four years, and now as dean for six years, it is time for me to take a break,” Fortin said. “I have therefore asked President Niels-Erik Andreasen and Provost Andrea Luxton that I be permitted to return to full-time teaching in the Department of Theology & Christian Philosophy.”
Fortin was appointed dean of the Seminary in 2006. Since joining the Seminary faculty in 1994, Fortin has served as director of the Master of Divinity program (1999–2001), associate dean (2000–2004), and chair of the Department of Theology & Christian Philosophy (2006). Prior to coming to Andrews University, he served as a pastor in the Quebec Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.
“The Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary has been very well served by Dr. Denis Fortin, both as a professor, program director and dean for the past six years. The number of students, programs and services has grown under his leadership, and we have all been blessed,” says Niels-Erik Andreasen, president. “I am happy to note that he will return to his first love: teaching Seminary students. We are delighted to welcome him back full-time to the faculty.”

"The Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary has grown into one of the largest seminaries in the country, with a national and international faculty and student body,” says Andreasen. “It serves the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America and around the world. Its educational work is of critical important to the faith and ministry of the church.”

A search committee will be established, overseen by President Andreasen, to identify Dean Fortin’s successor. The search committee will include representation from the Seminary faculty, Andrews University administration and Seventh-day Adventist Church leadership.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Lake Union Committee Votes to Proceed with Construction of New Headquarters

On Oct. 10, at its regularly scheduled October meeting, the Lake Union Conference Executive Committee voted to proceed with construction of a new headquarters building on recently purchased property at the west corner of M-139 and Redbud Trail in Berrien Springs, Mich.

The need for a new building was precipitated by Andrews University's exploration to lease part of the office complex and the subsequent agreement to purchase the current LUC headquarters, which includes several buildings at the corner of M-139 and College Avenue in Berrien Springs. The purchase of these buildings allows expansion of the University campus and provides a place to locate the newly acquired Griggs University & International Academy, a distance learning and homeschool curriculum provider.

"As we plan our new office, taking advantage of efficiencies of size and modern construction, we will continue to enjoy the blessings of our long-term relationship and appreciation of Southwest Michigan and the Berrien Springs area," stated Don Livesay, president of the Lake Union Conference.

Floyd Brock, assistant to the president for special projects, is the construction manager for the new headquarters. Currently, the LUC is processing bids from general contractors for the project.

The Lake Union Conference Headquarters is one of nine regional offices throughout North America for the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Its administration and staff provide support and services for the Seventh-day Adventist churches and schools in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Renovation and Reinvention of The Gazebo

The renovation and reinvention of The Gazebo, an on-campus eatery, puts Andrews University one step closer to meeting President Niels-Erik Andreasen’s challenge to become the healthiest university in the United States. The transformation of The Gazebo is the latest in a series of improvements in Andrews University’s Office of Dining Services. In 2008, the main food service area and Terrace Café dining rooms were renovated and in 2010, Bon Appétit Management Company was selected to manage Andrews University’s Dining Services.

The decision to renovate The Gazebo was made in February of 2011. Brett Pherson, retail manager for Dining Services, worked on the initial plans with Dick Scott, director of Plant Administration. Tri-Mark, one of the country’s largest providers of design services, equipment and supplies to the foodservice industry, produced the final plans. On Sept. 3, 2012, The Gazebo reopened with a fresh look, expanded equipment, a redesigned floor plan and a brand-new menu.

The footprint of The Gazebo didn’t change, but the space was reconfigured. A former storage room was transformed into an expanded kitchen area. Prior to the renovation, The Gazebo’s only cooking appliances were a fryer and a microwave. Since the remodeling, additional equipment allows for a much more diverse menu including a flattop grill, an open flame grill, conventional oven, fryer, steamer and salamander (a push-in toaster that heats food quickly). Several features, including the custom-made smoothie station inset into the counters and coolers/hot well built into the counters, were designed by Tri-Mark especially for The Gazebo.

Reinvented Menu
With more cooking equipment, the menu has not only expanded, it’s been reinvented. Last year there were approximately 15 menu items to choose from. Now there are almost 70, ranging from breakfast crepes and burritos, to a variety of salads and sandwiches. “Some of the students’ favorite items include smoothies, fresh salads, burrito wraps and our grilled pizzas,” says Daniels.

The recreated menu is the handiwork of Brett Pherson. According to Mark Daniels, general manager of Dining Services, Pherson’s experience as a chef was critical in the menu creation process. Daniels says, “He listened well at the end of last semester. He had his ears and eyes open to what the students were saying was important to them.”

Healthy Choices from Scratch-Made Dishes
The changes in menu options are also aimed to encourage healthier choices by giving customers healthier options. “In The Gazebo, a costumer is first exposed to the Smoothie Station followed by the Salad Bar before the other items, such as pizza, sandwiches and fries, which are all made from scratch with fresh ingredients, giving our customers a surplus of healthy options,” says Daniels.

Dining Services makes as much as possible from scratch and frequently sources food locally, including from the Andrews Farm. More than 150 students, along with 40 full-time staff, are employed at Dining Services, making it one of the largest employers at Andrews University.

All-Vegetarian and Vegan-Friendly
Both the Terrace Café and The Gazebo serve an all-vegetarian and vegan-friendly menu. Payment options include cash and credit, along with the option for Andrews students to charge their purchases to their meal plans.

The Gazebo is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m.–11 p.m., Fridays from 8 a.m. until one hour before sunset, Saturdays from 8–10 a.m. for a continental breakfast and again beginning one hour after sunset until 11 p.m. seasonally, and Sundays from 11 a.m.–11 p.m.

The Terrace Café is open Monday to Friday, 7–10 a.m., 11 a.m.–2:30 p.m. and 5–7 p.m. On Saturdays, it’s open from 12:30–2:30 p.m. and 6–7 p.m.; on Sundays, 10:30 a.m.–2 p.m. and 5–7 p.m. Hours vary when classes are not in session.

Jump into the United Way Campaign

Dear Colleagues:

As I invite you to "Jump into the United Way Campaign" during this year’s employee campaign, I want you to know that I’m prepared to join you in a literal way. If we reach our goals, my involvement will include my business suit, swim goggles and the Andrews University Pool.

But first, I’d like to share some thoughts about why we support the United Way.

I believe the United Way campaign is one visible and powerful way to provide stewardship and support to our local community. All locally donated funds are distributed locally. So Andrews University can become the light and salt our neighbors need, right here in Southwest Michigan.

Just before this school year began, some of you may have heard our local United Way representative, Susan Matheny, give a presentation on what a significant difference United Way makes to lives throughout our community, even for her on a very personal level. United Way meets the needs of many people in all walks of life.

I invite you to join me and Demetra, as we "Jump into the United Way Campaign." Our campus community has the opportunity to contribute to the most visible local charity outside of our ongoing church efforts. Of course, your participation is completely voluntary.

As I mentioned earlier, I’m prepared to "jump in" quite literally. Here are the goals we’ve set (and my pool-related pledge):

  • If Andrews employees double the number of donors over last year (57 of our employees contributed last year), as well as reaching a donation goal of $10,000 by the close of the campaign on November 14, I have promised our campaign manager that I will jump into the Andrews pool in my business suit. I hope you’ll join me as you share financially with this significant local resource

You’ll hear more about our campaign, through the Andrews Agenda and on our flat screen monitors across campus, as we launch on October 17 and continue our campaign through its closure on November 14.

Pledge materials will be in employee campus mail boxes on launch day, October 17. Pledge forms may be returned to Office of the President. The four-digit on-campus zip code is 0670.

Thank you in advance for joining me in supporting the United Way.
Yours for a successful campaign,

Niels-Erik Andreasen

Monday, October 8, 2012

2012-13 Information Directory Corrections

Please note the following changes to the recently published 2012–2013 Information Directory. A PDF of the directory is available for download at

Page 8, Aviation
Darryl Penney, Faculty/Flight & Maintenance, phone: 3637, email: darrylp
Randall Robertson, Faculty/Flight & Maintenance, change phone number to 3410
Caleb Sigua, change phone number to 6545

Page 9, Biology
Dennis Woodland—phone number should be 269-591-5030

Page 10, Center for Adventist Research
Replace Lubasi Ngonda with Juliette Johnson, email: juliettj
Replace Carol Williams with Angelika Kaiser, email: angelika

Page 11, Center for Youth Evangelism
Add Erica Ross, administrative assistant, phone: 8341, email: rosse

Page 19, Graduate Records
Phone number should be 6583

Page 25, Library
Add Nancy Sheppler, Cataloging Specialist, phone: 3033, email: nriemann
Replace Muritha Mutale with Jovanka Mbunjwa, email: drobac

Page 37, School of Education
New fax number: 6374

Page 46
Sallie Alger—Associate Professor Emerita

Page 59
Larry Richards—home phone number should be 473-1123

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Andrews Rankings and Enrollment

Andrews University has been ranked as one of the “Best National Universities” for 2013, as reported in U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges 2013” issue. In addition, Andrews is also ranked again on’s 2012’s “America’s Top Colleges.”

Of the 281 institutions classified in U.S. News & World Report as national universities, Andrews is ranked at #189. Andrews is the only Seventh-day Adventist institution included in this classification. According to U.S. News, schools in the National Universities category, which also includes Columbia University and Stanford University, offer a full range of undergraduate majors, plus master’s and PhD programs. These colleges also are committed to producing groundbreaking research.

Andrews University made a few other U.S. News & World Report college ranking lists, too: with a diversity index of .73, the University tied for 4th in Campus Ethnic Diversity. (The closer a school’s number is to 1.0, the more diverse it is.) And with 13% of our student body composed of international students, Andrews tied for 9th in Most International Students.

The physical therapy and social work programs at Andrews made the top 150 of U.S. News’ “Best Grad Schools” list. Andrews was also named on the “A+ Colleges for B Students,” “Economic Diversity” and “Freshman Retention Rates” lists.

Andrews Ranked on also ranked Andrews University #553 in “America’s Top Colleges,” a compilation of the 650 best educational institutions (out of more than 6,000) across the country. Forbes gives an overall rating and smaller subcategory ratings; once again, Andrews University also made the lists “Best Private Colleges,” “Best Research Universities” and “Best in the Midwest.”

Increase in Enrollment
The University has also seen an increase in the 2012–13 enrollment, with 3,551 undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral students on our main campus. That’s the second highest enrollment ever. Andrews had its highest enrollment in 2009–10 with 3,589 students enrolled. Over the past 11 years, enrollment has increased by over 800 students.

Additionally, there are 3,686 students pursuing an Andrews degree at an affiliate or extension site. Griggs University & Griggs International Academy, which Andrews assumed ownership of in November 2010, has 5,963 students. These students include elementary and high school levels; Job Corps, a program that offers high school diplomas and job skill training to at-risk students; and students in higher education.
The complete rankings list can be found at and

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Wringer named Director of Graduate Enrollment Management

Monica Wringer has been appointed as director of Graduate Enrollment Management. Wringer brings her 16 years of higher education experience as well as her diverse involvement with graduate education, marketing and human resources. Monica will be overseeing the functions for:

  • The graduate admissions system
  • Graduate recruiting and marketing
  • Overall graduate enrollment experience and communication

Wringer has a Bachelor’s in Mathematics from University of Antioquia ('94), a Master’s in Organizational Management from Adventist University of Colombia ('99) and  a Master’s in Business Administration from Universidad de Montemorelos (2004). She is currently working towards her PhD in Higher Education Administration at Andrews University.


Friday, September 28, 2012

Andrews University's 2011 Annual Security & Fire Safety Report Now Available

The Office of Campus Safety has published the 2011 Annual Security & Fire Safety Report as required by the Department of Education under the Jeanne Clery Act. This report contains statistical information on criminal activity and fire related incidents. It also contains University policies in regards to the safety and security of the campus. The report is available as a PDF download. Printed copies may also be obtained upon request at the Andrews University Office of Campus Safety, located at 4355 International Court, or by calling 269-471-3321. For additional information on the report and the Jeanne Clery Act, please go to the Andrews University Office of Campus Safety website or

Friday, September 21, 2012

Open House Celebrating SPLAD's New Suite

Andrews University will celebrate the Department of Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology’s move to new quarters in Bell Hall with an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012. The open house, which includes complimentary hearing screenings, will be held from 3:30–7 p.m. with the ribbon cutting ceremony taking place at 4 p.m. Students, clients, faculty and members of any professional and referral healthcare organizations are invited to attend. This is also the first official event for the new Andrews University School of Health Professions.

The expanded and renovated location in Bell Hall provides the growing department with room to expand their educational vision, programs and Speech & Hearing Clinic. The remodeled suite features new state-of-the-art sound booths for complete hearing evaluations, and a new lab monitoring room for the Speech & Hearing Clinic. The clinic is open to the public, offering hearing and speech evaluations, and speech therapy. It is the only clinic in a 60-mile radius offering central auditory processing testing, which evaluates how the ear and brain are working together to use auditory information.

“Our former space was cramped at 700 sq. ft., but the new area is a spacious 2,800 sq. ft. There is room to grow and we have taken initial steps toward a master’s degree in speech-language pathology,” says Darah Regal, chair. “Over the last five years our enrollment has increased steadily from 25 to 65 majors in 2012. We’re delighted and impressed as we meet this year’s freshmen, with their animated curiosity to start learning and growing in their chosen field.”

With their new facilities, the department is beginning to expand. The current program offers a bachelor’s and a minor in speech-language pathology and audiology. The department’s proposal for a master’s program has received approval from the Andrews University Program Development Review Committee (PDRC) and the Graduate Council, and is being reviewed by Provost Andrea Luxton. The department is working on a proposal for master’s program accreditation from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

The department will also be open for tours on Saturday, Sept. 29, from 3–5 p.m., as part of the annual Andrews University Alumni Homecoming Weekend. For more information, visit

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Campus Ministries Goes Mobile

The Office of Campus Ministries has gone mobile! Their mobile offices are a new initiative to bring their ministry directly to the students of Andrews University.
From Monday-Thursday of the weeks of September 10-20, the chaplains and their support staff wheeled a cart loaded with an electric teapot and an array of tea, apple cider, and hot chocolate and set up camp in one of the campus lobbies. Beside their cart they placed a large sign announcing their motto, “Keep Calm and Put the Kettle On,”—a phrase history students will recognize from its similarity to the World War II British catch-phrase, “Keep Calm and Carry On.”
“It’s an easy way of saying, pull up a seat and let’s talk about something serious and wonderful– Jesus in your life,” says Japhet De Oliveira, University chaplain. Each day, Campus Ministries set-up in a new area, traveling to Buller Hall, Nethery Hall, Architecture North Studio, Physical Therapy Building, Harrigan Hall Main Lobby, Bell Hall, Chan Shun Hall and the Seminary. By going to the students, they have the opportunity to meet and talk with students who may not normally spend much time in the Campus Center where Campus Ministries is located. 

“We want to be where the people are,” says Jose Bourget, chaplain. “We get quite a bit of faculty, staff and students who come to our offices, but there are so many more that we will now be able to make connections with by being where they are.”

De Oliveira became impressed with the importance of going into the community under the influence of one of his mentors. He realized that in order to connect with members, he needed to see them outside of church. “I can’t preach, teach or connect unless I have a pulse for the community,” he says.

So far the outreach has been well received. Some students who had never heard of the Office of Campus Ministries or never had an opportunity to meet the chaplains were able to interact with them. Many people expressed their appreciation for the chaplains’ efforts. One department chair even called the office to ensure they would be coming to her department. “We have had some great conversations with students we would have never met,” says De Oliveira. “Insight into their journey. Clarity on their needs.”

The chaplains intend to repeat the mobile office tour again later in the semester, as well in selected other locations on individual days. They hope those they meet will be encouraged by their encounter to come to the Office of Campus Ministries for longer discussions.

“I think it’s a really good idea,” says Christina Dunn, a junior animal science major. “I was blessed.”
The mobile offices are one implementation of the new Faith Development program, which includes three elements: Program to Presence, Theory to Tangible, and Control to Creative. The mobile office is an initiative of the first element, Program to Presence. With this initiative, the chaplains hope to make Campus Ministries a more palpable presence on campus and in the lives of students, faculty and staff.
Some other initiatives the Office of Campus Ministries is undertaking include submitting regular articles to the Student Movement, using live texting during Chapels and promoting the availability of the chaplains for discussion, as well as regularly walking around campus to connect with students.
If you are interested in having the Chaplains’ mobile office come to your area, email University Chaplain De Oliveira at

Eat Local Challenge Is On Tuesday, Sept. 25

Can we feed hundreds an entire meal made of only locally sourced food? At Andrews University’s Dining Services, the answer is yes, we can. On Tuesday, Sept. 25, from 11 a.m.–2:30 p.m., Dining Services will take part in Bon Appétit Management Company’s “Eat Local Challenge” by serving up lunch made entirely from ingredients sourced within 150 miles of Berrien Springs, Mich., with a vast majority of the ingredients sourced from the Andrews University Farm. The Eat Local Challenge is open to the public. Regular lunch prices apply, $7.75 (plus tax) for all you-care-to-eat. View the menu at the link below the photo.
The local farms and suppliers sourced for the “Eat Local Challenge” include: Andrews University Farm (Berrien Springs, Mich.); Leduc Blueberries (Paw Paw, Mich.); Michigan Sugar Company (Bay City, Mich.), Total Health Inc. (Buchanan, Mich.); Todd Griener Farms (Hart, Mich.) Windmill Island (Holland, Mich.); Guggisberg (Middlebury, Ind.); Rosewood Acres (Lansing, Mich.), Windmill Island (Holland, Mich.); Zeeland Foods (Zeeland, Mich.); Country Life (Paw Paw, Mich.); Carlson-Arbogast Farms (Lansing, Mich.) and Dave Pagel Farm (Berrien Springs, Mich.). Additionally, the breads were all locally baked by Apple Valley Bakery (Berrien Springs, Mich.).

This is the first year Gil Bell, owner of Total Health Inc., in Buchanan, has supplied produce for the event. “Eating local actually helps produce a much higher quality nutrient value in our food. The produce doesn’t have to travel across the county, losing nutrients with age, or be sprayed with preservatives in order to extend shelf life.”

This marks the third year Andrews University’s Dining Services has participated in the Eat Local Challenge. It is just one way Dining Services is accepting Andrews University President Niels-Erik Andreasen’s challenge to make Andrews the healthiest university in the United States. “Eating local has become a mainstream of our culture. It’s more popular than it used to be. But having an opportunity to eat a locally sourced meal is a different story,” says Jonathan Mark Daniels, general manager of Dining Services at Andrews University. “We want everyone to come and experience not just a component piece of a meal that is local, but an entire meal. We are taking ‘eating local’ from a conversation to a reality.”

One of the new locally sourced foods for this year is organic tofu from Rosewood Acres in Lansing, Mich. “Our student body loves tofu. They’ll choose it over, or along with, their eggs—scrambled eggs and tofu, or adding tofu to their omelets,” says Linda Briengar, executive chef at Dining Services. “Another great local source is our own Andrews Farm. They are providing things such as eggplant, butternut squash, yellow squash, carnival squash, acorn squash, basil, cilantro, parsley and sage. Andrews Farm is also providing us with what I’m calling ‘heirloom peppers,’ which includes four different kinds of peppers: pika, pueblo, Cheyenne and jalapeño.”

Bon Appétit Management, the onsite restaurant company that manages Andrews University’s Office of Dining Services, has over 400 Bon Appétit restaurants and cafés across the country participating in the Eat Local Challenge. As part of their partnerships with college and corporate campuses, Bon Appétit works to educate communities about the value of low-carbon diets and local purchasing, and the connection between food and climate change. Bon Appétit has been managing Andrews University Dining Services since June 2010.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Take a Survey to Support Development of the Campus Master Plan

The Campus Design Studio from the School of Architecture, Art & Design conducted the first campus planning workshop on Sunday, Sept. 9, in the Hoosier and Lincoln Rooms of Dining Services. More than 75 students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community residents attended the two-hour workshop, which was opened with some motivating remarks by President Andreasen. The event included an open-house presentation of more than 40 large-scale maps, diagrams, and outlines illustrating existing campus assets, challenges and known plans. Breakout sessions continued with small group discussion about campus planning priorities. The workshop ended with a 21-question survey about various campus planning issues. Learn more about the first campus planning workshop.

Take the Survey
If you were unable to attend, your input is still needed and highly valued! Please visit to take a short survey offering your input in campus planning. The survey will be available until Sept. 20, 2012.

ITS Help Desk has New Hours, New Service Location

The ITS Contact Center, which includes the Help Desk and Service Desk, has a few changes for Fall Semester 2012.

  • The Help Desk phone support line, 471-6016, has new expanded hours:
    Monday - Thursdays, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
    Friday, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • The Service Desk is now located in the ITS Computer Lab in Bell Hall, Room 182. Business hours are:
    Monday - Thursday: 5-8 p.m.
    Friday: 12-2 p.m. (Check our website for changes in hours that may occur)
  • We can now be reached via chat! Visit and click on the chat icon to connect with a Contact Center representative. If they are offline, you can leave a message.


Wednesday, September 12, 2012

You talking to me!

We are just past the midway point of the University Week of Prayer. The theme, "Still Small Voice," provokes the imagery of God, in Verizon fashion, posing the question, "Can you hear me now?" 

Each speaker thus far has presented testimonies that convey the sense that God is in fact still in conversation with us. Whether it's noting that He calls us to minister to our enemies, or that He is healing us from the inside out, He is actively engaged in a dialogue with His people.  And He wants to be in a personal one-on-one conversation with you. 

If you hear God sharing something with you now, can you take a few moments and share what He is saying. You can do so via email or on facebook (here) or twitter (here).

Perhaps, you feel like you ought to hear the voice of God, but haven't. First we want to encourage you with this Jesus' promise from John 10:14-16, "I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own. As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep. And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd."

You will hear His voice.  We want to help you discern His voice in your live.  Feel free to contact one of the chaplains to support you in this journey.

Jose Bourget:

Japhet De Oliveira:

Tim Nixon:


Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Fall 2012 Faculty and Staff Flu Shot Clinics

Andrews University Faculty/Staff Fall 2012 flu shots are being offered.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012
11 a.m.–3 p.m.
Badger Room (Campus Center, second floor)
Academy or RMES Employee
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
RMES Library
3-4 p.m.

Cost: Free to qualifying employees and their dependents (18 years and older)

Please sign up, if you haven’t already done so, in the Office of Human Resources or via email to on or before September 26, 2012.

This flu shot clinic is offered by Lakeland.

Supervisors and Office Managers: Please post in your department/office for employees who do not have ready access to email. Thank you.



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