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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Howard Performing Arts Center Committed to Being Community Resource

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

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Draft of New Campus Master Plan Available for Review

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

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

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

View the new Campus Master Plan.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

2013 Faculty and Staff Awards Night Honors Employees

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

New Seminary Dean Named

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

STEM A Growing Initiative; Rachel Boothby Hired as Enrollment Coordinator

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

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 envisionmagazine.com 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 sfadvisor1@andrews.edu
Mersha Rowley D–K sfadvisor2@andrews.edu
Fares Magesa L–Q sfadvisor3@andrews.edu
Qaisar Ayaz R–Z sfadvisor4@andrews.edu
Ronisia Marinho Intl. Students/ I-20 Questions isfs@andrews.edu

 

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 http://www.usnews.com/education/blogs/college-rankings-blog/2012/11/29/which-ranked-universities-are-doing-better-than-their-academic-reputations.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Annual Testing of the Fire Alarm and Sprinkler Systems

Monday, Dec. 17, 2012 to Friday, Jan. 4, 2013
Campus-wide

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 dmichel@andrews.edu.
 

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 andrews.edu/president.) 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
President

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 www.andrews.edu/services/imc/services/2012-2013_info_directory.pdf.

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 Forbes.com’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 Forbes.com
Forbes.com 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 www.forbes.com/colleges/andrews-university/ and colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges/andrews-university-2238.

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 www.SecurityOnCampus.org.

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 www.andrews.edu/shp/speech/.

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 japhet@andrews.edu

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 www.andrews.edu/campusplan/?page_id=74 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 www.andrews.edu/helpdesk 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 cm@andrews.edu 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: pastorjose@andrews.edu

Japhet De Oliveira: japhet@andrews.edu

Tim Nixon: tnixon@andrews.edu

 

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)
or
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 benefits@andrews.edu 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.

Improvements in the Office of Academic Records


The Office of Academic Records is pleased to announce four important improvements in the services offered to students, faculty and staff:

  • Updated Class Schedule search tool: Integrated with Banner for real-time accuracy, it features new search capabilities and the option to save searches in PDF format. Special thanks to Brad Christensen and his team in ITS for working with us on this new user-friendly tool!
     
  • Updated forms: Look them up at http://www.andrews.edu/services/registrar/students/forms/.
     
  • New Drop/Add Form: Among other improvements, it integrates Blue Card information, making this piece of paper no longer necessary. Please note, however, that the previous version of the drop/add form will still be accepted.
     
  • Printed materials and training: All academic departments will soon receive three sets of printed materials with the following titles:
    • General Academic Records Services
    • Registration Guide
    • Grade Quicksheet

In the near future, a series of information/training lunch meetings will be scheduled to help offices better understand policies and processes.

We hope these items will facilitate more effective and efficient services to students, faculty and staff.

Your feedback will be greatly appreciated!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Campus Ministries Mobile Office

Over the next couple weeks you will see Andrews chaplains in their Mobile Office across campus.  With the signature banner of "Keep Calm and Put the Kettle On" there will be hot tea assortment.  We invite all, students, faculty, and staff to take a few moments to visit with them.  Here is where you will be able to find them over the next couple of week

  • Monday, September 10, Buller Hall
  • Tuesday, September 11, Nethery Hall
  • Wednesday, September 12, Architecture North Studio
  • Thursday, September 13, Physical Therapy Student Lobby
  • Monday, September 17, Harrigan Hall Main Lobby
  • Tuesday, September 18, Bell Hall
  • Wednesday, September 19, Chan Shun 
  • Thursday, September 20, Seminary

They look forward to visiting with you and sharing a cup of tea!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Constantine's Poetic Licenses Opens at Several Galleries

Artist Greg Constantine has several current and upcoming exhibits of his “Poetic Licenses” taking place across Michigan, Chicago and New York during the months of August, September and October. Constantine’s new work, “Poetic Licenses,” is text art presented in the format of automobile vanity license plates. The license plate format is that of utilitarian objects transformed into functional objects wearing the mantle of “high art.” They open another territory in the development of Text Art.

“Poetic Licenses” is an artistic extension of the “Artist Licenses” works Constantine created and exhibited in New York, Chicago, Long Beach, Miami and Paris in 1981 and subsequent years. The term Poetic Licenses is a play on words, and most viewers, when confronted by these groupings, will at first see a random juxtaposition of weathered automobile plates from various countries and states. They refer to the phenomenon of ubiquitous so-called “vanity” plates, with the exception that these have been joined together to form full statements. For example, Picasso’s “Poetic License” states, “WHEN I HAVEN’T ANY BLUE, I USE RED,” and Warhol’s says, “IN THE FUTURE EVERYBODY WILL BE FAMOUS FOR 15 MINUTES.” While at first glance it may appear Constantine has simply collected old, rusted license plates to create this text art, he actually fabricates, paints and rusticates the pieces himself. Each plate is rendered as a convincing entity.

In June, the MA Doran Gallery in Tulsa, Okla., exhibited one of his Poetic Licenses, a statement quoted from Salvador Dali. Along with having several “Poetic Licenses” presently being exhibited at the Dry Dock gallery in Holland, Mich. and the Armstrong-DeGraaf gallery in Saugatuck, Mich., the Ann Nathan Gallery in Chicago's River North district is also exhibiting several Poetic Licenses along with a very large major work titled “USA Poetic Licenses” which will be shown in Grand Rapids, Mich. during the Art Prize International Competition Sept. 17–Oct. 7, 2012. As the major climactic event in this series of venues Constantine will have approximately 18 “Poetic Licenses” shown at the renowned OK Harris Works of Art Gallery in New York City beginning Sept. 15–Oct. 20, 2012. Beginning in November, another work of “Poetic Licenses” will be included in a two-year-long traveling exhibit entitled “Scribes of Hope” sponsored by CIVA (Christians in the Visual Arts).

Constantine is presently research professor of art, emeritus, at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Mich. He came to Michigan in 1955 from his home in Windsor, Canada, to pursue his Bachelor of Arts, graduating in 1960 but returning in 1963 to begin teaching drawing, painting and art history. During his time at Andrews, he also received his Master of Fine Arts in painting from Michigan State University in 1968. His work has been exhibited in national and international galleries for more than 40 years. Since 1975, Constantine has had 54 one-man shows, as well as being part of 60 group shows. He has had six books published, including When Big Artists Were Little Kids, Picasso Visits Chicago and Vincent van Gogh Visits New York. Even after teaching for 43 years, Constantine could not stay away after his retirement in 2006. He continues to be active in the Andrews University Department of Visual Art & Design where his studio is located and to create new works of art. He is represented by OK Harris Works of Art in New York City; Ann Nathan gallery in Chicago, Ill.; and Armstrong-DeGraaf gallery in Saugatuck, Mich.
 

Friday, August 31, 2012

Andrews University Press Releases Book on Homosexuality and the Church

The first major book from an Adventist publishing house addressing the complex issues surrounding homosexuality and Adventistlife and faith has just been released by Andrews University Press.

Niels-Erik Andreasen, president of Andrews University and chair of the University Press board, said the topic of this book is timely and needed. “Recent developments in our faith community, religious organizations, American politics and secular society require careful thought on this sensitive subject. Andrews University is pleased to help sort out some of these issues by bringing together a range of perspectives on this subject within our church.”

Titled Homosexuality, Marriage, and the Church: Biblical, Counseling, and Religious Liberty Issues, the nearly 600-page book was released in early August. It is a collection of 14 major essays on a range of topics, and an additional six personal testimonies from individuals who have struggled with homosexuality in their personal lives. The content of the book, including the testimonies, is material largely based on presentations at a conference on the same subject held at Andrews University and sponsored by various entities of the Adventist Church in October 2009.

“Much as it might like to, the church can no longer evade questions about homosexuality and same-sex marriage,” says Nicholas P. Miller, lead editor of the work, along with Roy E. Gane and H. Peter Swanson, all of the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews. “Society, with increasing stridency, is forcing Christians to confront these topics,” Miller says.

Miller points to the several states whose legislatures have enacted same sex marriage provisions, sometimes against the convictions of their own citizens. He notes that this fall, at least two states, Maryland and Washington, will have referendums on election ballots, initiated by citizens seeking to overturn the same-sex marriage laws recently enacted.

“Consider the strange controversy and apparent outrage that erupted when the owner of a national fast-food chain recently expressed his support for traditional marriage,” Miller said. “It was the same position held until very recently by the president of the United States. And the media-driven reaction is an indication of how efforts are being made to shift public sentiment on this issue. Meanwhile, a film documentary affirming the gay lifestyle among Adventists is being heavily promoted by some within the church. Through all of this, Adventists must have a clear understanding of all the issues at stake, and they are significant.”

Ronald Knott, director of Andrews University Press, notes that along with the biblical and religious liberty issues, the book makes a passionate case for the highest level of pastoral love and support for those Christians who, he said, “may have been lured down a dangerous spiritual path by charming but false arguments from scripture and political history, coming from outside and inside the church.”

Following a preface and general introduction, various essays and articles are divided into foursections. The first addresses the Old and New Testament biblical material on homosexuality, with articles by Gane, Richard Davidson, and Miroslav Kis, all of Andrews, and Robert A. J. Gagnon of Wheaton College. The second section addresses legal and religious liberty issues, with essays by Miller, Alan J. Reinach from the Pacific Union Conference, Gerald Chipeur, a partner with the Canadian law firm Miller Thompson LLP, Scot Zentner from Cal State, San Bernadino, and Gary Wood from Andrews University. The counseling section features articles by Stanton Jones of Wheaton College, Mark Yarhouse of Regent University, Carlos Fayard of Loma Linda University, and Inga Anderson, founder of a ministry to homosexuals. The fourth section includes the personal testimonies from several Christians who have lived and struggled with homosexuality. An appendix reproduces the various official statements relevant to homosexuality issued through the years by the Adventist Church.

In addition to his teaching responsibility as associate professor of church history at Andrews, Miller is also director of the university’s International Religious Liberty Institute. On October 6, the Institute will sponsor a day-long forum on the political, religious and social issues regarding same-sex marriage. The event will be held at the Spencerville Seventh-day Adventist Church in Spencerville, Md. The forum, planned in the context of Maryland’s ballot referendum to overturn the state’s same-sex marriage law, will draw attention to the issues, to the new book, and will feature panel discussions and a sermon on Adventists and social action by Bill Knott, editor and executive publisher of Adventist Review/Adventist World.

Homosexuality, Marriage, and the Church is available through Adventist Book Centers, and online at Amazon.com and Andrews University Press (universitypress.andrews.edu). Andrews University Press is the only regularly established academic publishing house to serve the Seventh-day Adventist Church worldwide.

Andrews Computing Program is now ABET Accredited

The Andrews University Department of Engineering & Computer Science’s computing program is now accredited through the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology). The computing program offers a Bachelor of Science in Computing with emphases in computer science and software systems. The engineering program has been ABET accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET since 2006.

“The Department of Engineering & Computer Science is a family and through a team effort, including the support of Verlyn Benson, immediate past dean of the College of Technology, and Keith Mattingly, dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, ABET accreditation of the computing program has affirmed the strength of our program,” says George Agoki, chair. “We plan to use the processes of accreditation, which includes assessment, to keep our computing and engineering programs on the cutting edge. ABET accreditation is valuable to Andrews University, but more importantly to our students as they continue their academic or professional journeys.”

ABET is the nationally recognized accrediting body for college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering and technology. ABET is a federation of 31 professional and technical societies that contribute funds and volunteers to set policy, develop strategy and conduct ABET accreditation activities worldwide on behalf of their professions. There are more than 3,100 ABET-accredited programs at over 660 colleges and universities in 23 countries. ABET is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

Learn more about the Department of Engineering & Computer Science.

Friday, August 24, 2012

The Herald-Palladium: Farming without chemicals

Besides giving people the chance to get some of the area's best produce with its new fresh food subscription program, Andrews University is also providing an example that organic farming is doable and makes both economic and environmental sense. Read full story.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Fall Fellowship Offering Raises More Than $2,000 for CERENID Missions Project

On Sabbath, August 18, faculty and staff gathered for worship in the Howard Performing Arts Center as part of Fall Fellowship 2012. Provost Andrea Luxton interviewed Carey Carscallen and Martin Smith from the School of Architecture, Art & Design on how they are working to extend the educational mission of Christ through their work at Andrews.

Carscallen and Smith shared photos and updates from the recent Bolivia Mission Trip to the CERENID Orphanage. Since 1995, faculty, staff and students from architecture have donated their time and talents to helping this orphanage with much-needed physical updates and expansion. Pictured on the screen is Angelica Larriu, a fifth-year architecture student, working on a project at CERENID.

Following the interview, an offering was collected to help cover costs of repairing a tractor and other farm equipment. “The offering collected totaled $2,048.81,” says Carscallen. “I am humbled and blessed by the generosity of our faculty and staff. This project is very near and dear to our hearts and we greatly appreciate the support of our fellow Andrews employees.”

Friday, August 3, 2012

Lear Jet 23 Donated to the Department of Aviation

The Andrews University Department of Aviation recently added a 1966 Lear Jet 23 to its fleet of training planes. Randall J. Latona of the AJM Airline Company in Smyrna, Tenn., donated the plane after receiving a request from Verlyn Benson, assistant to the president.

In need of an aircraft that would provide students with practical training on the more complex twin turbine engine-powered jet, the department used the FAA registry of business jets to send queries to see if any owners would be willing to donate an aircraft that would potentially fit their needs. Read full story.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Summer Graduation 2012

Herta von Stiegel, CEO of Ariya Capital in London, U.K., and Japhet De Oliveira, University chaplain, are among the featured speakers for the Andrews University graduation weekend scheduled for August 3–5, 2012. Read the full story or view the graduation weekend schedule.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Deborah Weithers Named Associate Dean of Student Life

Following an extensive search of both internal and external candidates, Deborah Weithers has been named as the new associate dean for Student Life. She is replacing Paul Buckley, who left Andrews in October 2011 to accept a position at Dartmouth College. Weithers’ first day in her new position was July 2, 2012.

“I am thrilled Debbie has accepted our invitation to join the Student Life Team. She has extraordinary experience and service in higher education, and already has strong established relationships at Andrews. In addition to her exceptional management and programming skills, Debbie has a deep passion for Andrews University and the students we serve,” says Frances Faehner, vice president for the Division of Student Life.  

Most recently, Weithers was a senior development officer for the Office of Development. Prior to that, she served for eight years as manager of the Howard Performing Arts Center on the campus of Andrews University. At the Howard, Weithers was responsible for programming and frequently interfaced with various entities of Student Life and student clubs hosting events. “These skills will serve Debbie quite well in her role as associate dean as the position has major programming responsibilities, including University Forum,” says Faehner. As associate dean, Weithers will also serve as chair of the Black History Committee and the Martin Luther King Jr. Planning Committee. Weithers has served on the Black History Committee for three years.

Deborah Weithers

Weithers has worked as an associate financial advisor for American Express Financial Advisors in St. Joseph, Mich. She is also an alum of both Andrews University and Andrews Academy. 

“I am confident my previous experience, especially my work at the Howard Center, along with my personal desire to make a difference in the lives of my colleagues and the students at Andrews University, will enable me to have an immediate and positive impact in the Division of Student Life and at Andrews University,” says Weithers. “I am passionate about Andrews and the influence it has not only on graduates, but through them, our wider global community. What a wonderful opportunity in Student Life to help shape the student experience.”

Student Life is also pleased to welcome several additional team members.

Lamson Hall has added A’Lisa Lashley to their team as an assistant dean of women. After serving Blue Mountain Academy as the dean of girls, Lashley returns to Lamson Hall, where she previously served as a student dean. Lashley will be working with Teela Ruehle, assistant dean of women; June Madrigal, associate dean of women; and Jennifer Burrill, dean of women.  

At Meier Hall, Zachary Juniper, who has served as assistant dean of men for five years, is leaving Andrews. Donnie Keele, who has been working as a student dean at University Towers, has accepted the invitation to join the team at Meier Hall. Keele will be working with James Price, assistant dean of men, and Spencer Carter, dean of men.

The staff at University Towers, home to Damazo and Burman Halls, is being refocused to utilize their team members to better serve the comprehensive needs of both the students who reside there as well as the guests who utilize Guest & Convention Services.

David Iwasa, who has served as dean of University Towers will also serve as director of Guest & Convention Services. Willyta Wamack, who formerly served as coordinator for Guest & Convention Services, has accepted the position of housing assistant for University Towers. In this newly designed position, Wamack will coordinate housing for all University Towers residents and support Dean Iwasa in the University Towers program. A search process is underway to fill a newly shaped position of assistant dean of University Towers/assistant director of Guest & Convention Services.

The Office of International Student Services welcomes Nancy Ruiz as an international student advisor. She is replacing Irlacy Rodriguez who served in that role for nearly 10 years. Rodriguez and her family returned to their home country of Brazil.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

2012 Renaissance Kids Build Project

 

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Announcing the Howard Performing Arts Center's New Season

The Howard Performing Arts Center isproud to announce the lineup for the 2012–2013 season, their 10th anniversary year, including artists such as Dove Award-winning Christian musical collective Gungor, Grammy nominated bluegrass duo Dailey & Vincent presenting “A Bluegrass Christmas,” and four-time Dove Award winner Laura Story.

“We are particularly excited about this season,” says Erica Griessel, manager. “I am delighted that we are going to feature bluegrass music for the first time.” In addition, the Howard Center continues its tradition of showcasing the best in Christian and classical music. Read full story.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Spring Board of Trustees Report

An overview of the new University strategic plan and a few key personnel changes were highlighted at President Niels-Erik Andreasen’s spring board briefing held on Monday, June 4, in Newbold Auditorium of Buller Hall. Read full story.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

School of Education Receives Continuing NCATE Accreditation

In May, the Andrews University School of Education received formal notification from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) of its continuing accreditation for initial teacher preparation and advanced preparation levels (School Counseling, School Psychology and K–12 Educational Leadership). Andrews University has held continuous accreditation with NCATE since 1973.

            NCATE President Jim Cibulka stated in his letter, “Special congratulations are in order because the Unit Accreditation Board has cited no areas for improvement relative to any of the standards. This accreditation decision indicates that the unit and its programs meet rigorous standards set forth by the professional education community.”

            In November 2o11, a five-member Board of Examiners committee and one member representing the Michigan Department of Education conducted a four-day site visit. During their campus visit, they interviewed some 170 administrators, School of Education and College of Arts & Sciences faculty members, teacher education candidates and alumni, and K–12 school partners. In addition, they evaluated all written program materials. The team then created a preliminary report based on the team’s review of all the evidence provided.

            “This has been a five-year process of preparing evidence to meet the rigorous NCATE standards. This highly positive outcome—without any areas for improvement cited—reflects the hard work of our faculty and staff, and the extraordinary commitment of our students, alumni and partner schools, especially the College of Arts & Sciences,” says Jim Jeffery, dean of the School of Education. “The accreditation process is so thorough that the entire community has to be engaged. We were extremely proud of the response from our Andrews community.”

            NCATE is the major authorized accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for schools, colleges and departments of education that provide professional preparation for elementary and secondary teachers and other school professionals: school counselors, school psychologists, curriculum and instruction specialists and school principals. The Andrews University School of Education offers BA and BS degrees in elementary education, master’s degrees in school counseling, special education and K–12 educational leadership, the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) and the EdS in school psychology. As well, the School of Education collaborates with the College of Arts & Sciences to jointly offer 18 secondary education majors and minors in fields ranging from the sciences to social studies.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Inaugural Ethics Oath Ceremony Held

On Friday, May 4, students graduating from the School of Business Administration took part in the inaugural Ethics Oath Ceremony in the Garber Auditorium of Chan Shun Hall. Twenty-two students voluntarily took the oath, pledging to work in an ethical manner for the great good: striving for Excellence, building Trust, being Honest, preserving Integrity, Character, and being good Stewards. Over the past decade, there have been numerous business-related scandals shedding light on unethical business practices. The School of Business Administration is committed to promoting a higher ethical standard for its students, branding itself as a business school focused on Christian Ethics. A celebration lunch in honor of the graduates was held immediately following the ceremony. 

Friday, May 18, 2012

Renaissance Kids 2012

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.

Each year, students attending the two-week session (Session 6) have an opportunity to participate in a real-world building project. This year’s project (pending final approval process) is building a place on campus. In past years, students have contributed to design ideas and actually built a paved sitting area in front of the Curious Kids Museum in St. Joseph; constructed an arbor outside of the Andrews University School of Architecture, Art & Design; and created decorative pieces for and installed a Whisper Dish permanent exhibit at the Curious Kids Discovery Zone in St. Joseph, Mich.


Renaissance Kids is in session during the following dates:
Session 1: $140
  June 11–15, 8:30 a.m.–12 p.m.
  For ages 7–9

Session 2: $140
  June 11–15, 1:45–5:15 p.m.
  For ages 10–12

Session 3: $140
  June 18–22, 8:30 a.m.–12 p.m.
  For ages 10–12

Session 4: $140
  June 18–22, 1:45–5:15 p.m.
  For ages 7–9

Session 5: $140
  June 25–29, 8:30–11:30 a.m.
  For ages 5–6

Session 6: $265
  July 16—27 (excludes Saturday and Sunday)
  For ages 12–16
  Week 1: July 16–20, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
  Week 2: July 23–27, 9 a.m.–12 p.m.

To register, download a registration form at www.andrews.edu/go/renaissancekids or complete the form attached to this posting. Mail your completed registration form and payment to:
School of Architecture, Art & Design
Attn.: Mark Moreno
8435 E Campus Circle Dr.
Berrien Springs MI 49104-0450

The curriculum at the Andrews University School of Architecture, Art & Design is centered on principles that promote craft, civil communities, service and Christian values.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Students Prepare to Depart on Bible Lands Study Tour

Forty-two students are departing on a nearly one-month long Bible Lands Tour on Sunday, May 13, led by Department of Religion & Biblical Languages faculty Ante Jeroncic and Ruben Munoz-Larrondo. Each of the participating students are enrolled in two of three courses: Jesus in His Time & Ours; Personal Spirituality & Faith; or In the Footsteps of Moses. Their travels will take them to Egypt, Jordan, Israel, Palestine, Turkey, and Greece. “Apart from it being an educational tour with the aim of helping students understand the world of the Bible and thus enrich their understanding of Scripture, we are approaching this as a "spiritual pilgrimage" of sorts,” says Jernoncic. During the tour, students participate in regular worship services and spiritual activities appropriate to the different places they are visiting.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Video Enforcement Being Utilized

The Andrews University Office of Campus Safety has seen an increase in the number of motorists failing to stop at stop signs on campus. This poses a risk for the large number of pedestrians on campus. Video enforcement, particularly at stop signs, is being utilized for enforcement and citations will be issued for motorists who fail to obey posted traffic signs.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

New Offering: Health & Fitness Ministry Certificate

This unique, new undergraduate certificate program educate about the current concepts and applications in physical fitness, wellness and nutrition.
Participants will be able to:

  • Develop a comprehensive view and philosophy of Health & Fitness Ministry based on scripture, Ellen G. White and the beliefs of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
  • Communicate the current concepts and applications of Health & Fitness in modern society.
  • Develop a Health, Fitness and Wellness program for use in one’s ministry.
  • Inspire others to make a significant and successful lifestyle changes.

Learn more at www.andrews.edu/shp/nutrition.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Commencement 2012: G.T. Ng, Don Jernigan are among the featured speakers

G.T. Ng, executive secretary of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, and Don Jernigan, president of Adventist Health System, are among the featured speakers at the commencement events from May 4–6, 2012. The weekend will honor the accomplishments of one of the largest undergraduate classes in recent history with 330 seniors. At Commencement, two individuals, Leona Running and Ismael Castillo Osuna, will also be receiving honorary degrees. The full schedule of events is at www.andrews.edu/graduation. Read full story.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Andrews SIFE Named Regional Champions

The Andrews University Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team was named Regional Champions at the annual SIFE competition held at the Hyatt O’Hare Hotel in Rosemont, Ill., on Monday, April 16, 2012. As a result, they are eligible to participate in the National Competition to be held in Kansas City, Mo., May 22–24, 2012.The team presented the projects they had successfully completed this year before more than a dozen industry judges. Projects included, to name a few, “Teach a Student about Business” and “Moving Forward in Style” programs at local Pathfinder Clubs and the Boys & Girls Club of Benton Harbor, respectively, and face painting as part of the “Kindle Your Christmas Spirit” in Berrien Springs. They also participated in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, which helps low-income individuals in Berrien County prepare their annual state and federal taxes at no cost, and wrote a number of articles for the Student Movement to inform Andrews University students about financial credit issues.

This year’s SIFE team that went to competition consisted of Leslie Harris, Alyssia Cunningham, Andrew Pagels, Gabriel Grau, Garrett Holmes, Jason Shockey, Laury Fouche, Maria Claudia Rengifo, Patience Sampah and Terrence Mayberry. They were assisted by SIFE faculty advisors, Ann Gibson, professor of accounting, and Jacquelyn Warwick, professor of marketing.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Aviation Receives Airplane Donation

It was a windy afternoon on March 27 when a Cessna Sky Master 337C flew into its new home at the Andrews Airpark. Arriving from Goshen, Ind., it was greeted by a group of very excited students, faculty and staff. The high-performance plane was a donation from John Hull, co-owner of Emergency Radio Service, Inc., in Ligonier, Ind. Read full story.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Introducing AU Alert: An Emergency Notification System

Andrews University has partnered with Rave Mobile Safety, the leader in mobile safety, to offer an emergency alert notification system called AU Alert. AU Alert delivers reliable emergency text and email messages to students, staff and faculty any time an emergency notification is needed on campus.

AU Alert notices are intended only for situations involving imminent danger to health or human safety. These may include severe weather alerts, winter weather class cancellations, hostile threats, utility failure, major road closings or fire, among others.

Every Andrews’ student, staff and faculty has a self-service account in the University’s AU Alert system. You can configure your account to sign up for our AU Alert service. Then, when Andrews University issues an AU Alert notice, it will be sent to you via the phone (text) and/or email contact information you have provided.

While AU Alert is intended to enhance safety for the campus community, it does not represent a guarantee. Reliability depends on human factors such as accuracy and timeliness of information, and on technical factors such as cell phone network coverage, in-bound traffic on telephone landlines, and availability of power to the University server and your computer. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to take advantage of the AU Alert service as a prudent measure while continuing to exercise normal attention to personal and community safety.

AU Alert sends notices at no charge; however, your provider's standard charges will apply for carrying text messages sent by AU Alert. AU Alert is supported on all U.S. mobile carriers. If you switch carriers, you will need to login to reconfigure your personal settings.

Sign up for AU Alert
Your Andrews University email user account name and password will be required to sign up.

To sign up for AU Alert:

  1. Login to AU Alert with your Andrews user name and password.
  2. Confirm or edit your name, email, cell phone and/or land line phone.
    1. You can add additional phone numbers and email accounts.

Once you submit your information, allow up to 24 hours for it to be entered in the AU Alert database. Normally, entry is done once per day. Alerts will not be sent to you until your information has been entered in the AU Alert database.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Organizational Changes in Spiritual Life

The Office of Campus Ministries, and the spiritual life and chaplaincy services it offers, plays a central role for students, staff and faculty at Andrews University. The Center for Youth Evangelism (CYE) is an important resource and service center for youth ministry both on- and off-campus. A realignment of responsibilities for these two areas is underway as follows.
  
In recent years Ron Whitehead, executive director of the CYE, has served part-time in the Office of Campus Ministries with the title special assistant to the president for spiritual life. Japhet De Oliveira, director of the CYE, has also served part-time in the Office of Campus Ministries with responsibility for student missions and chapels. 
  


Japhet De Oliveira


Ron Whitehead

“Following a number of conversations involving the two directors of the CYE, the vice president for Student Life, the provost and the dean of the Seminary, it has been concluded that the two part-time positions should become full-time such that Japhet De Oliveira will work full-time in Campus Ministries as leader of that area, while Ron Whitehead will work full time in the CYE,” says Niels-Erik Andreasen, president of Andrews University. 
  
When this transition has been fully implemented, De Oliveira will head up Campus Ministries and report to the vice president for Student Life. His exact title and time of transition are yet to be determined. Similarly Ron Whitehead will be full-time with the CYE, which at the present is a separate corporation owned by Andrews (similar to WAUS). The university president chairs the board of the CYE. Its members include the presidents of the North America Division and the Lake Union Conference along with the dean of the Seminary where the CYE plays an important role in the youth ministry degree program.

Overall planning and staff assignments in Campus Ministries and the CYE may see some changes but they will be implemented so as to cause the least disruption in each area.  
Andreasen notes, “As these various conversations noted above took place, Japhet De Oliveira articulated his strong passion for Campus Ministries, spiritual life and chaplaincy, while Ron Whitehead agreed that the resultant renewal will be good for both.”
  
Additional details will become available as this transition begins its implementation. The timing of this decision is in response to both parties wishing to get planning for next year off to an early start.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Cardinals Win USCAA Men's Division II Basketball National Championship

Berrien Springs, Mich.—The Andrews University Cardinals won the USCAA Men’s Division II Basketball National Championship for the second consecutive year on March 10, 2012.  The third-seed Cardinals successfully defended their title from the Berkeley College-New York Knights. Although they trailed in the first half, the Cardinals captured and retained the lead after an 11-2 run in the second half of the game. All-American Tyler Wooldridge was the lead scorer with 28 points followed by All-American Jerome Murray with 18 points to beat the Knights 72-58.

“This has been an unbelievable year for us,” says Dave Jardine, director of Student Activities & Athletics and the Cardinal’s head coach. “I’m so proud of these guys and the way they represent our institution. They truly are a blessing from God.”

The championship was held in Uniontown, Penn., from March 8–10. The Cardinals advanced to the semifinals after defeating Eastern Maine on March 8. All-American Honorable Mention Matthew Little led the scoring with 32 points while All-American Tyler Wooldridge added 22 points for a final score of 99-47.

In the semifinals the Cardinals competed against St. Joseph’s (Vt.) on March 9. Although they were losing 43-34 to St. Joseph with 9:41 remaining on the clock, the Cardinals took the lead with a 14-0 run and maintained their lead for the remainder of the game. The top scorer of the game was All-American Jerome Murray, who earned 17 points and 16 rebounds during the game. All-American Tyler Wooldridge made 15 points to add to a close finish with a final score of 55-52.

The United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) was founded as the National Little College Athletic Association (NLCAA) in 1966 and reorganized as the USCAA in 2001. Its goal is to allow the athletes of smaller colleges and universities to have the same opportunities in equal regional and national competition as the athletes of larger institutions of higher learning.  The USCAA regularly hold national championships, honor student athletes, award All-American titles, and promote their member institutions. Currently it has 82 members in 24 states.

Friday, March 9, 2012

2012 Faculty-Staff Awards Presented

The annual Faculty/Staff awards night, “Celebrating Excellence at Andrews University,” was held Sunday, March 4 at the Howard Performing Arts Center. Each year at this event faculty and staff are given recognition through the Years-of-Service Awards, Excellence in Service Awards, Spiritual Life Award, the Daniel A. Augsburger Excellence in Teaching Award and the Siegfried H. Horn Excellence in Research and Creative Scholarship Award. Read full story.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Battery Reclaim Program Introduced at Andrews

Andrews University values caring for the earth and participates in several recycling efforts that include keeping paper, aluminum cans, plastic bottles and electronics out of landfills. In February, battery recycling was added to that list. Todd Cook, a Master’s of Social Work student at Andrews University, and a retired chief petty officer and military veteran, is spearheading a battery recycling initiative on campus.

Ever since Cook visited a landfill and saw batteries and other contaminants leaking into the soil, he has been passionate about the subject of recycling. “It was very humbling,” he says. 

Cook purchased nine containers out of his own funds to get the Battery Reclaim Program launched. He painted each one bright green and placed the containers in the Administration Building, the Seminary, Meier Hall, the Department of Social Work lounge in Nethery Hall, Plant Service, the Andrews Bookstore, Lamson Hall and the James White Library. 

“Batteries are a serious problem in landfills because some of the chemicals they contain (such as nickel and cadmium) are toxic and can pollute the soil and water they come in contact with,” says Cook. “As Christians we should not only set the example of good faith, strong values, and high integrity and standards, but also should promote and advocate for the Planet Earth and future generations.”

Andrews University takes part in the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Peer Audit Initiative and even served as a test site for the Peer Audit training. Paul Elder, manager of Plant Service, is committed to ensuring Andrews is in full compliance with all EPA regulations. Elder and Ben Panigot from the Office of Campus Safety are developing an Environmental Management System (EMS) for campus that will promote continual compliance to all EPA regulations.

“Part of the EMS includes promoting best practice guidelines for continual environmental improvements throughout campus,” says Elder. “When Todd gave me the battery recycling proposal, it was clear to see this was in line with the EMS we are developing. I appreciate his initiative in making Andrews a more environmentally friendly campus.”

Currently, Cook is running the program alone, however he is seeking dedicated volunteers to assist with the program. Presently, Cook collects the batteries once every two weeks or more as needed and drop them off at a battery recycling collection site, such as Lowe’s or RadioShack. The types of batteries accepted for recycling are AA, AAA, AAAA, 6V, 9V, C, D, watch, hearing aid, and rechargeable batteries, including those used in hand tools.  

For more information or to volunteer to help, contact Todd Cook at cooktf@andrews.edu or 701-630-4142.

CM Radio's Internet Mission: Bringing Listeners Closer to Jesus

What was once a small online radio station operating off of just one computer in a single room, is now reaching out to encourage and inspire not only the campus and community of Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Mich., but listeners from all over the world.

Using a $15,000 sponsorship from the North America Division of Seventh-Day Adventists Communication Department, CMRadio began as a ministry of the Center for Youth Evangelism at Andrews University in 2002. Originally focused on young adults, it was then known as AYRadio (Adventist Youth Radio) and housed on a single computer in a small office. It was quickly determined CMRadio had a ministry to share beyond campus. In 2005, AYRadio became CMRadio and moved into its permanent studio located in the Office of Campus Ministries in Andrews University Campus Center. Read full story.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Four National Merit Scholarship Finalists at Andrews Academy

Andrews Academy is pleased to announce four students are finalists for the National Merit Scholarship Award this year. Each of them are four-year Andrews Academy seniors: brother and sister Jee Yeon and Seong Min Lee, originally from Korea; Ashley Reichert of Berrien Springs, Mich.; and Kyle Whiteside of Sodus, Mich.
  
"We want to congratulate our four National Merit finalists. We are so proud of each of them and of every member of the class of 2012,” says Robert Overstreet, principal of Andrews Academy. “We pray all of our students will continue to develop academically and spiritually throughout the rest of this school year and every year of their lives."
  
The finalists in each year's National Merit Scholarship program show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies. Approximately 1.5 million students from 22,000 high schools entered the 2012 National Merit Scholarship program by taking the 2010 Preliminary SAT/National Merit scholarship Qualifying Tests (PSAT/NMSQT).  These students are the highest-scoring entrants and represent less than 1 percent of each state's high school seniors. The students now qualify for the National Merit Scholarships, which will be awarded in the spring of 2012.
  
Andrews Academy is a four-year college prep school located on the campus of Andrews University.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Lake Union Headquarters Prepares to Relocate

In May of 2011, Andrews University purchased the Lake Union Conference (LUC) office complex, which is adjacent to the Andrews campus. This location is now the home for the new School of Distance Education, formerly Griggs University along with other University departments. The sales agreement allows the LUC office staff to temporarily consolidate their offices into the original building on U S Hwy 31 until a new office can be constructed. When completed, Andrews University will take full possession of the former LUC buildings and land.

An important step in the relocation took place on Monday, February 27, 2012, when a lengthy process to purchase 8.6 acres of land was completed. The new office location is on the west corner of M139 and Red Bud Trail, just one mile west of the Andrews Campus. LUC president Don Livesay comments: "Our new office will embrace the efficiencies of a smaller size and newer construction. We have intentionally chosen to remain close to Andrews University to keep our valued relationship strong."

Friday, February 24, 2012

New Team Members in the Office of Human Resources

The Office of Human Resources has recently had some staffing changes that include two new additions to their team.

Maria Velez is the new payroll supervisor in the Office of Human Resources. She is replacing Amy Waller who left in December 2011. Velez most recently worked as the administrative assistant/service records assistant in that office. She has a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in finance and a Master of Business Administration, both from Andrews University.

Inez A. Reyes is the new administrative assistant/service records assistant in the Office of Human Resources. She replaces Maria Velez. Reyes most recently worked as a certified pharmacy technician (CphT) for Family Fare Pharmacy in Dowagiac, Mich. Previously, she has worked as a mentor manager in the MARK mentoring program at Mildred C. Wells Academy in Benton Harbor, Mich.; a concierge for Errand Solutions in Elmhurst, Ill.; and an assistant sales director for AmeriSuites, Itasca, Ill. She has a Bachelor of Business Administration from South Carolina State University and a Master of Media Communication from Governors State University in University Park, Ill.

Tiffani Grigsby is the new employment/benefits manager in the Office of Human Resources. She replaces Katrina Wright-Rayhill. Grigsby most recently worked as a human resource generalist for Cancer CarePartners of Mishawaka, Ind., and prior to that, she filled the same role at Goshen Health System in Goshen, Ind. She has a Bachelor of Business Management and is currently studying for her master’s in business management with a specialization in human resources, both from Indiana Wesleyan University. After living in Goshen, Ind., for 12 years, Grigsby relocated to Berrien Springs in December 2011.

The Office of Human Resources includes Payroll, Benefits, Employment and Training & Development. It is located on the second floor of the Administration Building.

Fall 2011 Dean's List Announced

Andrews University has announced the names of undergraduate students appearing on the dean's list for fall semester 2011. The following students have achieved a semester GPA of 3.5 or above with at least 12 credits, no incompletes and no grade below a B. There are 553 students on the dean’s list. Read full story.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Architecture Missions Group (AMG) Helps Rebuild Haiti

A group of School of Architecture, Art & Design students, faculty and community members, including alums, traveled to Haiti Jan. 15–24, 2012, to volunteer their time and sweat in rebuilding the campus of Adventist University of Haiti (UNAH). The campus was severely damaged in the Jan. 12, 2010, earthquake. Since then, a number of Andrews University entities have offered ongoing support to rebuild the campus, including the Department of Physical Therapy, the Department of Behavioral Sciences and the Office of Campus Safety. Read full story.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Under the Radar: Thursdays at 8 p.m. on CMRadio

CMRadio announces the latest addition to its programming lineup: Under the Radar!
 
Under The Radar highlights some of the best undiscovered and under-appreciated tunes from Christian artists. Host Dave Trout shares stories, spiritual insight, and exclusive artist interviews to discover the depth of faith and creativity found in the music.

We hope you'll join us this week for Under the Radar! Visit us online at andrews.edu/go/cmradio.
 

Friday, January 27, 2012

Newly Renamed School of Architecture, Art & Design Offering 3 New Programs

Beginning in the 2012-13 academic year, the School of Architecture will become the School of Architecture, Art & Design. Three new degree programs, Interior Design, Construction Management and Documentary Film, will be added to the school’s offerings.
  
According to Carey Carscallen, dean of the School of Architecture, Art & Design, no other Seventh-day Adventist educational institution offers a four-year degree in building construction management or any programs focused on interior design.
 
"The church needs workers who understand its beliefs of simplicity, creativity, building and designing for the glory of God. Like other secular universities with construction management and interior design programs, our students will gain understanding of everything related to the profession. However, unlike others, they will also have the opportunity to participate in community service, outreach, mission work and even the opportunity to study abroad," says Carscallen.
  
The construction management degree will prepare students to plan, direct and coordinate a variety of projects, from residential to commercial, and everything from roads and bridges to schools and hospitals. Students pursuing the construction management degree will be required to have a minor in business administration.
  
Interior design students will learn to apply creative and technical solutions within a structure to create functional and aesthetically pleasing interior spaces. 
  
“We will endeavor to teach our students the value of simplicity and creativity in design; how to compliment the architecture of any given project; and to utilize good judgment and frugality in regard to appropriateness of material selection,” says Paula Dronen, assistant dean of the School of Architecture, Art & Design.
  
The new Department of Visual Art & Design in the School of Architecture, Art & Design is also introducing a new degree in Documentary Film. This program will be ideally suited for those interested in storytelling. It will combine the foundation of documentary theory, film history, storyboarding, editing, compositing and sound creation, all while providing the students with a conceptual framework to use their skills to serve others.
  
Rhonda Root, chair of the Department of Visual Art & Design, says, "Our department is always seeking to stay up-to-date with advancements in the fine arts. We want to provide our students with the highest quality fine art education and career preparation possible."
 
The Department of Visual Art & Design will continue to offer students a number of other degree options: a BA in Fine Art and Art History; a BFA in Fine Art, Illustration, Graphic Design, Pre-Art Therapy and Art Direction/Advertising; a BS in Visual Art Education; a BFA in Commercial Photography and Fine Art Photography.
  
The addition of these three new areas of study not only strengthen the academic offerings of the new School of Architecture, Art & Design, but also bring expanded opportunities for service to Andrews University students. 

“These programs offer new opportunities to bring construction management, interior design and documentary film skills to our mission outreach,” says Carscallen. 

Memo from President Niels-Erik Andreasen: Organizational Changes

After extensive discussion and planning within academic administration, the following organizational changes in the University's academic programs have emerged. The Andrews University Board of Trustees has already approved most of these. Full implementation is anticipated during this year and the changes will be reflected in the 2012-2013 academic bulletin.

School of Health Professions in Progress
A new School of Health Professions will be established. The search for a dean of the School of Health Professions is underway. The following departments will transfer from the College of Arts & Sciences to this new school: Nursing, Physical Therapy, Medical Laboratory Sciences, Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology, and Nutrition & Wellness. It is anticipated that for the time being the new dean‚s office will be located near one of these departments. This is a longstanding initiative that is now being implemented with a view to strengthening the health professions departments.

New Name, New Degrees: School of Architecture, Art & Design
The School of Architecture has been authorized by the board to expand its educational services by adding programs in interior design and construction management. Additionally, it will be the new home for the consolidated programs of digital imaging, photography, art and design, including the newly approved program in documentary film. In recent years the chair, faculty and students of these programs have been dispersed between the College of Arts & Sciences, College of Technology and School of Architecture. They will now be consolidated in one school with the expectation that this will bring more unity to these programs. Accordingly, the name of the school will change to School of Architecture, Art & Design.

Closing of the College of Technology
The College of Technology has changed in a number of ways over the years. For example, technology courses in auto mechanics, construction, wood and metal have closed. Other programs have changed into entities of their own, i.e., engineering tech into engineering; computer studies into computer engineering, now a part of engineering; and architecture into a school of its own. Two other programs have developed significantly in terms of new facilities and services, namely agriculture and aeronautics. In light of this, the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Aeronautics will now relate directly to the Office of the Provost. The Office of the Provost will be supported in this regard by an Assistant to the Provost, a position that is replacing the position of dean of the College of Technology. Verlyn Benson, who has served as the dean of the College of Technology, will assume this position. These two departments operate business enterprises, namely the Andrews Farm & Dairy and the Andrews Airpark. A center will be established to expand these economic and business enterprises both locally in Southwest Michigan and internationally, where the Departments of Agriculture and Aeronautics are already active. These external initiatives will relate to the Office of the President through a position of Assistant to the President, held by the same individual. Such collaboration between educational institutions and their communities are common in our time and hold promise for the parties involved.

College of Arts & Sciences Becomes Smaller
Finally, the College of Arts & Sciences will become smaller. It will give up six departments: five to the School of Health Professions and one to the School of Architecture, Art & Design. However, it has added the Department of Engineering & Computer Science, which is closely aligned with the natural sciences and is expected to grow into a leading program. Moreover, the College of Arts & Sciences has become the new home for the master's in international development with 300-400 students, mostly off-campus. The College of Arts & Sciences will also continue to provide most of the courses in general education and honors.

No organizational changes are proposed for the remaining schools of the University. However, their internal organization may well need some adjustment to prepare for the full impact of the Griggs University programs, many of which will likely become Andrews programs in the foreseeable future.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Weather Closing Procedures, Personal Responsibility and Class Cancellations

In the event of severe winter weather conditions, the Office of Transportation and the Office of Campus Safety begin conferring at 2 a.m. and again at 5 a.m. Transportation is responsible for clearing the snow from the parking lots and campus roads. Campus Safety sends a vehicle out to personally check the main roads coming into Berrien Springs and confers with colleagues in the offices of the state, county, sheriff and Berrien Springs police, receiving an update on the road conditions in the 36 square miles of Berrien and Oronoko Township.

If the roads are clear, the campus traffic areas can be plowed and weather conditions are reasonable, the day proceeds like any other work/school day. However, if the local roads are impassable, Transportation is not able to keep up with the snow plowing on campus or there are significant power failures on campus, the chief of Campus Safety, Dale Hodges, confers with President Andreasen to recommend cancelling classes for the day.

The president makes the final decision and authorizes the cancellation of classes. It is then the responsibility of the Office of Integrated Marketing & Communication to distribute information to local TV and radio stations; update the school closing hotline (269-471-7660); send a broadcast email to all students, staff and faculty; send an SMS (text message); and post the information on the University website and Facebook page. Please check these sources for information and do not call the Office of Campus Safety. Note: Andrews Academy and Ruth Murdoch Elementary School make their own decisions about closing their schools for weather-related reasons.

Please remember that Andrews is a residential campus and can never really close. Faculty and staff: Plan a conversation with your coworkers and decide together how your department will respond when classes are cancelled. Weather conditions can vary dramatically throughout the county. You are ultimately responsible for your personal safety and only you can make the decision whether or not you should be out on the roads.
 

Update Your Emergency Notification Preferences

For purposes of emergency notifications, the Office of Public Safety encourages the use of Short Message Service (SMS), an emergency notification system that can send messages directly to your cell phone. All Andrews University employees and students are encouraged to visit www.andrews.edu/go/myems to configure their personal SMS notification preferences. Log in with your Andrews user name and password and click on “Configure SMS Notification Preferences.”

 

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

New Assistant Manager at the Howard Performing Arts Center

Andrews University is pleased to announce Eileen McMillen as the new assistant manager of the Howard Performing Arts Center. This role was previously held by Erica Slikkers who, in Nov. 2011, was promoted to manager.  McMillen’s official start date is Jan. 9, 2012.
 
“Eileen will be a powerful asset to the Howard Performing Arts Center,” says Slikkers. “She comes with experience in non-profit management, as well as a passion and respect for the arts.”

As assistant manager, McMillen will be responsible for volunteer coordination, event and concert management, as well as assist in a number of day-to-day management responsibilities for the 850-seat performance hall.

Prior to accepting the assistant manager position, McMillen had been working as director of funding and strategic development for StoneBridge School in Chesapeake, Va. She graduated from Andrews University with a Bachelor of Science in psychology in May 2009. Two years later, in May 2011, she completed her Master’s of Administration in International & Community Development.

During her time as a graduate student, McMillen worked with a number of non-profit organizations. She created a program evaluation of “Girls on the Run” for the United Way of Southwest Michigan and created a marketing plan for Neighbor to Neighbor, a Berrien Springs-based community service center and food bank. She also conducted an organizational evaluation for REACH International, an international child aid organization based in Berrien Springs.

“Music has always been a huge part of my life,” says McMillen. She took piano lessons as a child and played flute in her high school band. As a child, she sang in choirs; as a high school student she sang in the elite performance group New Generation Singers at Forest Lake Academy in Fla.; and as an adult, she has played a leadership role in music at her church. McMillen counts performing as an alto soloist in a production of Handel’s Messiah and being a member of the annual Candlelight Processional at Disney’s Epcot among the highlights of her musical experiences.
 
McMillen is a native of Sebring, Fla. She has been married since June 2011 to J.B. McMillen, a fellow Andrews alum who is currently serving as the young adult pastor for Redeeming Grace Fellowship Church in Chesapeake, Va. McMillen says she and her husband have two “furry” children, a cat and a dog.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Students Assist after Tragedy with Donations; Haas Family Responds

On Tuesday, Nov. 15, a fire broke out in the Haas family home in Berrien Springs. Their 3-year-old daughter, Rockelle Isabella-Aeppelina Haas, died in the fire. Robert Haas, her father, was injured in the fire. He reports that the bandage is off his left hand, and the rest of the family, wife Jessica and their infant son Jacob, are recovering as well.

Following the fire at the Haas family home, students and faculty members have been donating items and funds for the family. In the past three weeks, they have collected $346 for the PMC Community Assistance fund. The Office of Campus Ministries has collected more than 400 food items, 150 items of clothing, and specific items such as diaper bags, bedding, and baby clothes. Campus Ministries plans to send the Haas family a Christmas card on behalf of the Andrews University family.

The Haas family, who is currently staying in North Carolina, sent a message of thanks to the campus and Berrien Springs community for their prayers and support.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Andrews Celebrates at the Downtown Berrien Springs Christmas Open House

Andrews University students, staff and faculty helped kick off the Christmas season with our neighbors in Berrien Springs at the town’s annual Downtown Open House, “Kindle Your Christmas Spirit.” This event offers members of the Berrien Springs community a chance to gather for an evening of festive fun with something for everyone. An estimated 700 members of the community filled the streets of downtown Berrien Springs to enjoy cookies, hot chocolate, Christmas crafts for kids and a chance to see inside many businesses.

Since the first Downtown Open House held five years ago, members of the Andrews University Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) Club have offered face painting. Student volunteers don Santa hats and decorate hundreds of small rosy cheeks with snowflakes, Christmas trees and stars, to name a few. This year, nearly 300 children enjoyed the free painting.

Ann Gibson, co-sponsor of SIFE, says, “Because of our continued involvement, we now have community members seeking us out at the ‘Kindle the Christmas Spirit’ event because they have enjoyed the interaction between the SIFE students and their children in the past.” 

Each year, Andrews’ participation has grown. This year, the Office of Integrated Marketing & Communication shared building space with the SIFE team. Andrews volunteers assisted children in making a Christmas garland to hang on the town’s Christmas tree located in Memorial Park. The children also made pinecone bird feeder ornaments to hang on the tree. “Everyone enjoyed sharing a cheery warm cup of Rosy Glow tea—a specialty from our own Dining Services—compliments of Andrews University,” says Rebecca May, director of campus relations and events at Andrews University.

The Easter Passion Play team found a creative way to bring the story of Jesus to life through a Live Nativity. Two Andrews students, Amarilis Rodriguez and Heber Garcia, were dressed as Mary and Joseph while sitting in a makeshift stable surrounded by a baby cow, chickens, sheep and even a miniature horse. Young and old alike enjoyed petting the animals and the Live Nativity was a fitting way for the Easter Passion Play team to participate in the event.

“Andrews is blessed to be part of a community that values bringing people together,” says José Bourget, a chaplain in the Office of Campus Ministries and producer for the Easter Passion Play. “Through the various festivities that each season brings, it’s great to see Berrien Springs—our hometown—come together especially now to celebrate peace, unity and goodwill to all men.”

Andrews University also provided pencils to Santa, who then handed them out to the children who came to share their wish list with him.

“It is our privilege to link arms with our little village on various community events and special occasions. Although there are dozens of resources available to the community on our campus, relationships are best built through personal contacts, not general invitations. We hope and pray that the influence of Andrews University in Berrien Springs will enrich the community we call home, in ways both large and small,” says May.

Murray is College Science Teacher of the Year in Michigan

Desmond Murray, assistant professor of chemistry in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at Andrews University, was selected by the Board of the Michigan Science Teachers Association (MSTA) as the College Science Teacher of the Year for 2012. Murray will be formally recognized at an awards ceremony on March 9, 2012, at the 59th Annual MTSA Conference in Lansing, Mich.

This award is given to science teachers in four areas: elementary, middle school, high school and college. The winning teachers are chosen for their use and modeling of best practices, inspiring their students, demonstrating innovative teaching strategies, being excellent role models for students and fellow educators, demonstrating leadership, and exhibiting a passion for science and teaching.

Other 2012 science educator awardees are: Mary Lindow, Battle Creek Area Math and Science Center (High School); Susan Tate, Whitehall Middle School (Middle School); and Rebecca Durling, Discovery Elementary School (Elementary School). Gary Abud of Grosse Pointe North High School received Science Teacher of Promise and the Informal Science Educator of the Year was awarded to Sarah Halson, environmental education managerat The Greening of Detroit, a non-profit organization.

Murray says, “I believe my single most important teaching innovation is promotion, implementation and continuous improvement of early research participation (ERP) at both the high school and college levels. This provides youth with unique opportunities to conduct authentic research four to eight years before it is traditionally done. The implementation of ERP at the high school and college levels has clearly demonstrated they are capable and eager to begin early research participation.”

Murray describes his early research participation programs as ‘incubators of innovators’ that engage students in research and discovery including synthesis of sunscreen materials; sensors for toxic substances found in the environment, agricultural pesticides and chemical warfare agents; and new ‘hybrid’ drugs that offer the potential of reducing the number and cost of drugs while increasing their efficacy.

Murray has taught at Andrews University since 1995. In addition to his college level teaching load, he also instructs grades 10 and 12 in chemistry for the Berrien RESA Math & Science Center, which is located on the campus of Andrews University. He was recognized as the “2010 Thought Leader in Education” by the Business Review West Michigan. Murray is passionate about his ChemSem Blog, an innovative way for chemistry and biochemistry majors to communicate online about current scientific research, and ChemSem Live, a live streaming broadcast of the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry’s weekly guest speaker lecture series. Murray also works in collaboration with the Benton Spirit, a community newspaper, on LabTales and ChemiVerses, a way for students to communicate science and research to a general public readership.

Murray is the founder of BEST Early (Building Excellence in Science & Technology), a nonprofit that has been providing science- and research-related apprenticeships for high school and college students for 10 years. Additional information about each of these programs can be found at www.bestearly.com.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

School of Education Completes On-Site NCATE Accreditation Visit

The Andrews University School of Education hosted the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) Board of Examiners (BOE) for a continuing accreditation site visit, Nov. 13-16.  A final decision on continuing accreditation from BOE is expected in March 2012. Andrews University has held continuous accreditation by NCATE since 1973.

Five BOE members and one member representing the Michigan Department of Education participated in the site visit. All members are current education faculty, and/or administrators from both public and private institutions of higher education from across the United States.  

Before coming to the Andrews campus, the BOE members conducted a preliminary review of institutionalmaterials. During their campus visit, the team interviewed some 170 administrators, School of Education and College of Arts & Sciences faculty members, teacher education candidates and alumni, and K–12 school partners. In addition, they evaluated all written program materials. The team then created a preliminary report based on the team’s review of all the evidence provided.

“The School of Education and College of Arts & Sciences faculty, staff, candidates, and community partners, value continuing accreditation as an opportunity for acknowledgement of academic excellence,” says Jim Jeffery, dean of the School of Education. “Preparation for our continuing accreditation visit has allowed the School of Education and College of Arts & Sciences to collaborate in many positive ways. It has also allowed us to profile our faculty accomplishments, student performances, and relationships with community schools.” 

Before leaving campus, the NCATE Board of Examiners team chair conducted a short, positive, exit interview with university administrators. Within five weeks of the site visit, the School of Education will receive the full final BOE report from NCATE. The School of Education has one month to submit a response to the findings and recommendations within the report. NCATE’s Unit Accreditation Board will render a final decision by March 2012 regarding the School of Education’s approval for continuing accreditation.

According to Jeffery, both the School of Education and College of Arts & Sciences have worked continuously to review and revise programs to assure they meet the high standards of our specialty professional organizations (SPA’s), the Michigan Department of Education and NCATE. All of this is done to ensure that Andrews University is effectively preparing future educators to significantly and positively influence the lives of all children.

NCATE is the major authorized accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for schools, colleges, and departments of education that provide professional preparation for elementary and secondary teachers and other school professionals: school counselors, school psychologists, curriculum and instruction specialists and school principals. The Andrews University School of Education offers BA and BS degrees in elementary education. As well, the School of Education collaborates with the College of Arts & Sciences to jointly offer 18 secondary education majors and minors in fields ranging from the sciences to social studies. 

Mona Sarcona is New Catering Manager in Dining Services

Mona Sarcona, a familiar face on campus from her years on the front lines of Enrollment Management, is joining the Office of Dining Services as catering manager. She officially started on Nov. 21.

Mona has years of experience both on- and off-campus in a variety of customer service, event planning and catering roles. “I am pleased to have Mona joining our team here at Dining Services. Her knowledge of the University's personnel and her experience joined with her professional expertise make her an invaluable asset to our growing program,” says Jonathan Mark Daniels, general manager. “I want to continually improve each area of Dining Services and I know that Mona will take catering to the next level.”

Mona says, “I look forward to working with the campus on upcoming events. If you have an event in the pipeline, or need to schedule one, please contact me to get it going or to confirm details.” She can be reached in her office at 471-3563; via her cell at 269-208-4895; or email sarcona@andrews.edu.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

VGPS Awarded AUSA Spirit Grant

The Village Green Preservation Society (VGPS) has been awarded an AUSA Spirit Grant for the 2011-2012 school year! The grant, totaling $1,200, will be used to purchase recycling bins for the Undergraduate Learning Center, which consists of Buller and Nethery Hall.

The AUSA Spirit Grant is an initiative spearheaded by AUSA President Andrew Moll to encourage clubs to create projects that will positively affect campus. The new recycling bins are anticipated to arrive before the end of the semester. Students, staff and faculty can expect to see posters and bulletins to raise awareness on proper recycling and trash disposal methods.

VGPS is a student-led group that has existed on campus since it was founded in 2007 by then-student Benjamin Oliver.

VGPS has procured recycling bins for various buildings on campus, including residence halls, the Administration Building, Bell Hall, Ruth Murdoch Elementary School, and the Center for Adventist Research.

The AUSA Spirit grant is the first grant awarded to VGPS that originates from the university. In previous years, VGPS has secured grant monies from other off-campus entities and organizations.

Friday, November 4, 2011

New Manager of Howard Center

A familiar face is taking over leadership at the Howard Performing Arts Center. Erica Slikkers, who has served as assistant manager at the Howard since January of 2008, is the new manager. She assumes the role following the departure of Debbie Weithers, who is now serving as a senior development officer in the Andrews University Office of Development. Read full story.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Envision, Andrews Awarded at SAC

Andrews University took home several awards from annual Society of Adventist of Adventist Communicators convention held in Lombard, Ill., Oct. 19-22. At the closing banquet, held Oct. 22, an awards ceremony honored individuals for their contributions to the field of communication and recognized marketing and communication related projects and products that exhibit a standard of excellence. Read full story.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Wakefield Named Top Trainer to Watch

On Friday, Oct. 14, 2011, at the 26th annual Club Industry Show in Chicago, Dominique Wakefield, director of fitness and exercise studies at Andrews University, assistant chair of the Department of Nutrition & Wellness and assistant professor in that department, was named one of ten “Personal Trainers to Watch” by the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and Life Fitness. Read full story.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Wakefield Named Top Trainer to Watch

On Friday, Oct. 14, 2011, at the 26th annual Club Industry Show in Chicago, Dominique Wakefield, director of fitness and exercise studies at Andrews University, assistant chair of the Department of Nutrition & Wellness and assistant professor in that department, was named one of ten “Personal Trainers to Watch” by the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and Life Fitness. Read full story.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

A Memorial to Esperanza Alvarez-Muniz

A memorial has been set-up in the hallway leading from the main Lamson Hall lobby. Strips of paper are available to write a message on and create a paper memory chain. The chain is draped on a wooden cross sitting outside of Dean Muniz’s office. It will be given to her husband Paul as a keepsake.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Andrews Receives Rankings and Enrollment Rises

The rankings are out, and once again Andrews University has been named one of the “Best National Universities” for 2012, as reported in U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges 2012” issue. Andrews was also recently ranked on Forbes.com’s 2011’s “America’s Best Colleges.”

Out of 280 institutions, only 101 private institutions are classified in U.S. News & World Report as national universities and Andrews is the only Seventh-day Adventist institution included in this classification.

Andrews University made a few other U.S. News & World Report college ranking lists, too: with a diversity index of .71, the University tied for 5th in Campus Ethnic Diversity. (The closer a school’s number is to 1.0, the more diverse it is.) And with 12% of our student body composed of international students, Andrews tied for 8th in Most International Students.

Forbes.com also ranked Andrews University #545 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; Andrews University also made the lists “Best Private Colleges,” “Best Research Universities” and “Best in the Midwest.”

The University has also seen an increase in enrollment, with 3,547 undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral students on campus this September, the second highest ever. Last year’s enrollment as of Census Day was 3,487. Total credit hours being taken this fall are at an all-time high. The 2011–2012 enrollment is almost evenly split between undergraduate and graduate students, with 1,844 undergraduate students and 1,618 graduate students including ministerial and professional degrees.

The complete listings can be found at www.forbes.com/colleges/andrews-university/ and http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges/andrews-university-2238.

Logos Bible Software Releases Digital ASB

The Andrews Study Bible will soon be available as a digital product through a partnership between Andrews University and Logos Bible Software, the largest developer of software for the Christian market and a worldwide leader in multilingual electronic publishing.

“Getting the Andrews Study Bible from Logos Bible Software is an easy process,” said Erno Gyeresi, associate director of Andrews University Press and managing editor of the Andrews Study Bible product line. “All you have to do is connect with Logos on the web (www.Logos.com/AndrewsStudyBible) from a desk-based computer or download an app for a mobile device, register as a customer, and purchase the product.”

Gyeresi said that new Logos Bible Software customers would want to purchase the complete package of the Andrews Study Bible, along with the New King James Version of the Bible. The package retails for $39.95. Current Logos customers who may already have the New King James Version from Logos in their digital library will only need to buy the Andrews Study Bible Notes product, which includes all original content in the Andrews Study Bible. That retails for $29.95.

“At the beginning of the Andrews Study Bible project, we promised Adventist church leaders, who helped make it all happen, that we would produce a retail edition, an outreach edition and a digital edition,” Andreasen said. “We’re pleased to report that with the release of this digital edition we have delivered on all three promises.”

Read the full story here.

Friday, September 9, 2011

First Griggs Grads at Andrews

On Sunday, July 31, 42 MBA students from Vietnam marched into history at Andrews University, becoming the first graduating class of Griggs University to participate in Andrews University commencement exercises since ownership of Griggs was transferred to Andrews in November of 2010. The students had traveled to Berrien Springs, Mich. from Vietnam, where each one is a working professional, to graduate at their American university. Read full story.

AMG Project Aids Berrien County

Berrien County is full of hidden treasures—fruit stands, mom-and-pop cafés, wineries, little museums, and the ubiquitous beaches. Area residents can enjoy sun-warmed peaches or find antiques in the villages, but how to draw people off the highway to your u-pick farm or ice cream shop? Together with the Bridgman/Lake Township Economic Growth Alliance, Martin Smith, assistant professor of architecture, and the Architecture Missions Group, both of the Andrews University School of Architecture, are conducting a Wayfinding Study along a 6-by-16 square mile area known as the Shawnee Road Corridor. Read full story.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

David Iwasa: New dean of University Towers

David Iwasa, the new dean of University Towers, comes to Andrews University from Gem State Adventist Academy in Caldwell, Idaho. University Towers is comprised of Burman Hall, a men’s residence, and Damazo Hall, a women’s residence, which are connected by a shared lobby area. Read full story.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Andrews Welcomes Griggs Grads

The summer 2011 graduating class at Andrews University celebrated Commencement Weekend, July 28-31. Despite the warm temperatures, graduates donned their caps and gowns several times throughout the weekend for a variety of events to celebrate this milestone. This summer’s Commencement acknowledged the academic accomplishments of 745 graduates, which included nearly 500 from affiliate and extension campuses who graduated in absentia. This weekend was also witness to two Andrews University firsts: degrees were conferred for the first graduating class of Griggs University students on the Andrews campus and the first Outstanding Dissertation Award recipients from the School of Graduate Studies & Research were announced. Read full story.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Andrews, Andreasen Unveil Buller Hall

“I have been dreaming of this day for a good many years. And here it is,” said President Niels-Erik Andreasen on Friday, July 29, while standing in front of the newest building at Andrews University. It was a long-awaited day—the grand opening of the 42,000 square foot, $9 million Buller Hall. This building project, which began more than 17 years ago, completes half of the new Undergraduate Learning Center located in the heart of campus. Read full story.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Buller Hall in Photos

 

Thursday, July 28, 2011

A Griggs Welcome Reception

Nine months from the day ownership was transferred to Andrews University, Griggs University & International Academy arrived at its new home. During the months of June and July, every piece of Griggs University & International Academy—from student records and textbooks, to office décor and historical archives dating back to 1909—were packed up in Maryland, loaded onto moving trucks and delivered to the new Griggs Hall on the campus of Andrews University. Read full story.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Bourget Joins Campus Ministries

José Bourget is moving his ministry—to the other side of campus. Effective July 1, Bourget is the newest member of the chaplain team in the Office of Campus Ministries. He will be the chaplain for outreach and is replacing Keren Toms, who recently married and moved from the area. Read full story.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Ribbon Cutting for Buller Hall

Nearly 15 months to the day since groundbreaking for Buller Hall, part of the new Undergraduate Learning Center, Andrews University President Niels-Erik Andreasen is pleased to invite the public to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony for this recently completed building on Friday, July 29, 2011, at 11 a.m. Special guests Allan and Mickey Buller, lead donors for Buller Hall, will be in attendance. Immediately following the ceremony, building tours will be offered. Read full story.
 

Graduate Admissions Gets a New Name

Berrien Springs, Mich.—Along with a new physical location, the former Office of Graduate Admissions now has a new name: the Office of Graduate Enrollment Management. In addition, they are taking steps to streamline processes while going “green.”

            The Office of Graduate Enrollment Management is responsible for recruiting and assisting students with applying, admitting and enrolling into graduate programs. “This name change better reflects our integrated approach,” says Christon Arthur, dean of the School of Graduate Studies & Research.

            To make room for Griggs University employees, several offices in the Administration Building were either reconfigured or relocated, including Graduate Enrollment Management. Their new office suites are located on the third floor of the Administration Building.  The staff in Graduate Enrollment Management include: Carolyn Hurst, director of graduate admissions; Eileen Lesher, international transcript articulation specialist; Angelica Munoz, assistant director of graduate admissions; Lizzy Salazar, graduate enrollment coordinator; Muriel Mercaral, international transcript associate; Richard Sylvester, graduate admissions clerk; and Monica Wringer, graduate admissions coordinator.

            Arthur says, “We are also working with great alacrity to fully automate the admissions process.” The first step was to move graduate application processes fully online—including online recommendations. After August 1, 2011, Graduate Enrollment Management will no longer accept paper applications except for the DMin and MAPMIN.

            The online application fee is more affordable than the paper application fee, resulting in savings for prospective students, plus it reduces paper waste, which is good for the environment. The information provided in an online application will be more legible, minimizing the opportunity for mistakes to occur.  “There are many times when we cannot effectively communicate with students because we cannot decipher their handwritten email addresses and other information,” says Arthur.

            Incomplete applications will also become a thing of the past. Applicants can start the online application, then save it to finish later if needed. Once completed, the online application will detect if there is missing information and will not submit until all required information is included. “There are times when applicants expect an admission decision but we cannot process their application because it is incomplete,” says Arthur.

Summer Graduation: Benjamin D. Schoun, Weymouth Spence are Featured Speakers

Benjamin D. Schoun, general vice-president for the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists and Weymouth Spence, president of Washington Adventist University, are among the featured speakers for the Andrews University graduation weekend, July 29–31, 2011. Read full story.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

HLC Approves Griggs Merger

Andrews University has received some very positive news from the Higher Learning Commission. At its June 23, 2011 meeting of the Higher Learning Commission Board of Trustees, the board approved the merger of Griggs University into Andrews University. The Higher Learning Commission is the regional accrediting agency for institutions of higher education in the 19 states that comprise the North Central Region. Read full story.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Video Montage from 1st B.E.S.T. Early Research Symposium

This is the latest video from B.E.S.T. Early featuring 2011 Grade 12 students from the Berrien County Regional Education Service Agency's Math & Science Center displaying the results of their research experiences as part of the 1st B.E.S.T. Early Research Symposium.

 

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Griggs Moving from Maryland to Michigan

Griggs University & International Academy, which has operated in Maryland for more than a century, is about to have a major “excuse our dust” transition moment over the next month.

During the weeks of June 20–July 18, Griggs University & International Academy will be physically moving its operations from Silver Spring, Md., to its new home on the campus of Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Mich. In November 2010 Andrews assumed ownership of this more-than-a-century-old international distance education institution. When operations officially transfer to Berrien Springs in July 2011, several new employees for Griggs University & International Academy will join the Andrews University community as part of a newly established School of Distance Education. Read full story.
 

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

New Director for the MDiv Program

Luis Fernando Ortiz is the new director of the Master of Divinity (MDiv) program at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University. He is replacing J. Michael Harris. Read full story.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Andrews Purchases Lake Union Building

In preparation for the July relocation of Griggs University & International Academy to the campus of Andrews University, Andrews has purchased the Lake Union Conference building, located adjacent to the University’s main entrance on Old U.S. 31. Ownership of Griggs University & International Academy was transferred to Andrews University in November, 2010. The physical move of Griggs to Andrews will take place next month, July 2011. Read full story

Monday, June 13, 2011

Summer Board Report

The Andrews University Board of Trustees convened for their summer meetings June 5–6, using, for the first time, the boardroom of the Lake Union Conference building. Andrews is purchasing the building and according to President Niels-Erik Andreasen, it will be the new headquarters for the Board of Trustees meetings. Read full story.

2011-12 Howard Season Announced

The Howard Performing Arts Center proudly presents its 2011-2012 season which includes headliners Canadian Brass; winners of NBC’s The Sing Off: Committed; Elisabeth von Trapp, granddaughter of Maria and Baron con Trapp of The Sound of Music; chart-topping Christian artist Francesca Battistelli; and the timeless southern gospel quartet Ernie Haase & Signature Sound. Read full story.

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