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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On Tuesday, May 31, a Retirement Reception was held for Cleon White, principal, and Dean Boward, music instructor, both long-time employees at Andrews Academy. White served the University for 32 years and Boward served for 20. Pictured from left-right: Dorothy and Dean Boward, Andrea Luxton, Niels-Erik Andreasen, Brent Geraty, Cleon and Sandra White. (Photo by IMC photographer Darren Heslop)
For 30 years, Steven Atkins has taught in the Adventist educational system. Hispassion for science combined with encouragement of scholastic achievement has prepared hundreds of students for college. During the Andrews Academy Commencement service on May 29, Atkins was given the Alumni Award for Excellence in Education in recognition of his service. Read full story.
The new residence hall on campus is Frank and Anna Damazo Hall, which along with Burman Hall will make up University Towers. Damazo Hall was approved for occupancy on Tuesday, May 31. Workers are busy with the final touches to ensure everything is ready to welcome Damazo Hall's first guests, who arrive this week. The new hall offers two apartment configurations--a studio style apartment for two or a two-bedroom suite for four occupants.
Is it wrong to always be right? Absolutely not—if you are referring to your bicycle and how to ride your bicycle. The month of May was Bicycle Safety Month and there were plenty of events. However, in the month of May you may have not had an opportunity to get on the road on a bicycle. Whether you select a used bicycle to fix up, buy a new one or decide to bring out the bicycle you have not rode in years, you need to be right in so many ways: the right helmet to wear, the right bicycle size, the right braking system, the right hand signals, the right bike lock and even the direction on how to ride your bike safely on a two-lane road must be on the right.
There is a guide for bicyclists and while not meant to be a legal document or a substitute for the Michigan Vehicle code, this booklet is very handy and entitled, “What Every Michigan Bicyclist Must Know.” It can be downloaded: http://www.lmb.org/index.php/component/option,com_jdownloads/Itemid,204/cid,8/task,view.download/
Additionally, please remember if you have a bicycle on campus, it needs to be registered at the Office of Campus Safety. Registration of your bicycle is a means of loss prevention.
Andrews University policy requires the removal of all unregistered, inoperable or abandoned bicycles from the campus. The Office of Campus Safety will attempt to contact the registered owners; if the owners are not located it will be presumed that they have abandoned the property. Any unclaimed or abandoned bicycles not claimed within the 60 day holding period shall be disposed of.
Enjoy the road with just the right attitude!
The safety and security of our campus depends on everyone’s participation.
Rojelio Castillo, Operations Lt
Office of Campus Safety
One of the most successful seatbelt enforcement campaigns is underway. The campaign is from May 23, 2011 to June 5, 2011. Check out this URL for further information: http://www.nhtsa.gov/CIOT.
Safety belts can prevent serious injury and even death in a crash. Michigan law requires:
- All front seat passengers to be buckled up
- All passengers under age 16 to be buckled up, in all seating positions
- All children under age 8 to be in an approved child safety seat or booster seat, in all seating positions, unless 4' 9" tall.
Further information can also be found at: http://www.michigan.gov/msp/0,1607,7-123-1593_3504_22774-11612--,00.html.
Let us take part in safe driving—each and every time. Buckle-up and wear your seat belt.
The safety and security of our campus depends on everyone’s participation.
Rojelio Castillo, Operations Lt
Office of Campus Safety
New buildings on campus are often named after the donor(s) who made them possible, e.g. Chan Shun Hall, Tan Hall, the Howard Performing Arts Center and Buller Hall. In addition to these we will now have another name, also in recognition of a major donor, and that is for the new residence hall. It will be named Frank and Anna Damazo Hall, which along with Burman Hall will make up University Towers.
Additionally, you are aware that the University is buying the Lake Union Conference building to house Griggs University and other Andrews University functions dealing with our off campus activities once Griggs University comes to Andrews and the LUC has moved to new quarters in town.
I have received the recommendation that this facility be renamed Griggs Hall, after Frederick Griggs, a leading Adventist educator in the past here at Andrews and elsewhere. I am considering that recommendation for two reasons: It preserves the name of our own former Griggs Hall and it maintains the identity of Griggs University once it becomes fully a part of Andrews. Both were named after the same Professor Griggs.
This is an invitation for you to comment on that recommendation for the new Andrews facility. If you wish to do so, please send your comments or observations to me this week at email@example.com.
La Ronda Curtis Forsey has been appointed associate dean for Griggs University and principal of Griggs International Academy. Griggs is an accredited, values-based distance education and homeschool provider that offers individual courses and complete programs to students preschool through university. Ownership of Griggs University was transferred to Andrews University in November 2010. Forsey’s start date is July 1, 2011. Read full story.
Janine Lim is the new associate dean for higher education for Griggs University, headquartered on the campus of Andrews University. Her start date is July 1, 2011. Griggs University & International Academy is an accredited, values-based distance education and homeschool provider that offers individual courses and complete programs to students preschool through university. Ownership of Griggs University was transferred to Andrews University in November 2010. Read full story.
On Wednesday, April 20, the Department of Communication class, COMM480 Communicating for Community, arranged a Buller Hall Construction Recognition event. The event, specifically coordinated to recognize the construction workers, was held in the Johnson Gym. Cyreka Jacobs, AUSA president, presented them with a large thank-you card on behalf of the Andrews University student body. The workers also received a student-designed T-shirt. “We are grateful to the Construction Team for their hard work and dedication to “building a lasting impression,” says Ashleigh Burnett, administrative assistant for the Department of Communication.
The cold weather will soon be leaving us and I am certain you will want to spend even more time outside of your room. The following are a few basic crime prevention tips which could aid in the reduction of risk to yourself, your property and others.
When you enter your residence hall, your apartment or the building area, please respect access code rules. Do not let unauthorized people (strangers) into controlled areas.
Ensure you lock your door and windows when you leave your room—even if you are only going down the hall to visit a friend or to the front desk to check on any messages/mail. Once you are in your secured room, make sure you know who the person is before you open your door.
Whether inside or outside your building or room, know how you will respond to a fire, tornado or lockdown drill. If you are uncertain on what to do, please ask your dean.
Report all suspicious persons and activities to the resident aide or dean on duty. Please do so immediately and if they are not available, contact the Office of Campus Safety at 269-471-3321 or you can contact the Office of Campus Safety anonymously at http://www.andrews.edu/services/safety/contact/index.html.
If there is an emergency call 911.
- Be watchful of your surroundings, be alert to a setting that seems out of place or something which appears odd–it is ok to be inquisitive.
The safety and security of our campus depends on everyone’s participation!
Rojelio Castillo, Operations Supervisor
Office of Campus Safety
Recently, a passerby noticed the globe was shaking in the wind and notified Plant Administration. Upon further investigation, it was discovered that some of the foundation posts and pipes were broken. As a result, a crane removed the globe on Thursday so repairs could get underway. The globe is expected to be returned to its rightful location by the end of next week, just in time to welcome our Easter Passion Play visitors to campus.
Hundreds of local Hispanic students are expected to gather at Andrews University for Hispanic College Day on Friday, May 6. The free event brings together Hispanic students from four area counties to explore college options and register for college, attend career seminars, and hear a keynote speaker.
The students attending the College Fair represent schools in Berrien, Cass, Kalamazoo and Van Buren Counties. The students were selected by their teachers or guidance counselors based on maintenance of a grade point average of 2.0 or better, a sincere interest in college, good attendance for the year, and good interpersonal skills in the classroom.
William Navalon, director of recruitment services and coordinator of this year’s event, says, “This is a wonderful opportunity for students to get exposure to careers and mentors they would otherwise never meet. They get to see other Latinos who have walked in their shoes, yet have made it through college and have successful careers.”
The day begins at 8:30 a.m. with a college fair at the Howard Performing Arts Center located on the campus of Andrews University, followed by the keynote speech delivered by Edwin I. Hernández, a senior program officer for research, education and congregational initiatives at the DeVos Family Foundation. A research fellow with the Center for the Study of Latino Religion at the Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame and a published author, he holds a PhD from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Divinity from Andrews University. His research has focused on Latino religious experience, theological education, congregational studies, and the role of religious leaders in sustaining the life and commitment of socially-engaged congregations.
Following the keynote, students will break out to attend seminars geared to their age group, including career option exploration and how to pay for college. Later, students will gain additional insights into achieving their academic and professional goals by hearing from a panel of successful Latino professionals and current college students.
Past student participants in Hispanic College Day have had positive feedback. One student said the seminar presentations, “gave me options I didn’t know I had, and now I am able to pay for college.”
Hispanic College Day began in 1984, and grew from a need to ensure Hispanic students, who are traditionally most at risk for not being able to attend college, had access to a source of information regarding college and career options. It was first hosted by the Van Buren Technology Center. Due to increased participation and an interest for more exposure to a college campus, local colleges and universities now do the hosting. Last year’s event was held at Western Michigan University.
Enrollment Management has a new staff member, Johannes Chitura. Johannes is the communication systems coordinator for the Enrollment Management Communication Center (EMCC). EMCC was formerly known as the Mailing Center and is still located on the lower level of the Administration Building.
Johannes has worked as an Enrollment Management student worker for the past four years and has been filling in since Stephanie Wylie, who formerly held that role, left in February. Johannes will be with us at least until the end of the year.
Along with many of the Integrated Marketing & Communication staff, Johannes has helped Enrollment Management set up some new systems, including a new inventory tracking module. He is also working with IMC to update the communication plan for interest-level prospective students and assisting with other marketing related pieces.
Johannes communicates with departments on a weekly basis about prospective students (interest-, applicant-, and accepted-levels), as well as what other interests they might have like Gymnics, music, leadership and more. The Enrollment Management team is willing to visit your department and help you understand how to better utilize preVue for these communications as well as day-to-day communication with prospective students.
The EMCC still prepares packets for those who visit other schools and countries for recruiting purposes. If you wish to place a request for recruiting materials with the EMCC, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 471-6509. Please give at least two weeks advance notice. For large events and orders over 200, 4–6 weeks advance notice is needed. To ship internationally, 6 weeks or more is required to guarantee timely arrival of materials.
University student Ryan McCabe is painting with a purpose this semester. Ryan, a graphic design major, presented his BFA Senior Thesis Exhibition on Tuesday, March 22, at the Andrews University Smith Hall Gallery. The exhibit was called “The Least of These” and it sought to find sponsors for children in need around the globe. Sponsorships were made through Compassion International, a Christian child advocacy ministry that provides hope for youth in poverty. Read full story.
The Village Green Preservation Society (VGPS), the environmental club at Andrews University, has applied for and received a grant to support recycling efforts on campus. The grant of $474 was provided by Berrien County through the School Recycling Grant Program, a program that exists to provide monetary support for school waste reduction, recycling projects and activities that support environmentalism. This is the third consecutive year VGPS has received the grant. Funds will be used to provide recycling bins in Bell Hall and the Center for Adventist Research (CAR). Read full story.
Andrews University is transitioning the Class Schedule from a print version to exclusively online. The 2011–2012 Class Schedule will be the final printed schedule and is available online at www.andrews.edu/go/classes. The 2012–2013 academic year Class Schedule will be the first exclusively online version. The transition to an online schedule will offer campus the most up-to-date information, in addition to being cost-efficient and environmentally friendly. Often, the Class Schedule is outdated before it is even distributed. For example, in fall 2010 and spring 2011, departments submitted more than 580 schedule change forms after the schedule was printed. An online-only Class Schedule will save the University print costs of nearly $4,000 each year and eliminate more than 6,000 printed copies from
eventually ending up in a landfill. The online Class Schedule is searchable by department, subject, time and meeting days. The online Class Schedule will expand to include links to the final exam and Week of Spiritual Emphasis schedules, course and lab fees, important calendar dates, and many other necessary links. Students, teachers and advisors will also be able to download and/or print up-to-date copies of the schedule, and a class planner link is available for students. If you have questions or suggestions that will make this resource more helpful to you, please e-mail to email@example.com.A taskforce group dedicated to enhancing the quality and usability of this product will review your feedback.
The Village Green Preservation Society (VGPS), the environmental club on campus, has applied for and received a grant for Bell Hall and the Center for Adventist Research (CAR). The grant of $474 was provided by Berrien County through the School Recycling Program that the county has run for several years. This spring's grant completes a total of three grants awarded to the University through VGPS, including grants for the residence halls, the Administration Building, Ruth Murdoch Elementary School and most recently Bell Hall and the CAR. VGPS' mission is to continue to apply for recycling grants so students, faculty and staff will have access to recycling in every building on campus. Planning for next school year's grants are currently underway.
The Andrews University Board of Trustees convened for their annual Spring Meeting, Feb. 28–March 2. The quinquennial meeting of the Andrews University Corporation was held March 1 in the Seminary Chapel. Then, on Wednesday, March 2, President Niels-Erik Andreasen met with faculty and staff for the Board briefing. Read full story.
It may seem like there are so many traffic laws and rules of the road: traffic signs, traffic signals, questions on whether vehicles can or cannot have tinted windows, driving speeds, use of seatbelts and child safety equipment, and the list goes on and on. There is an excellent online resource to find the most frequently asked questions and even offers an opportunity to ask additional questions related to traffic safety. Just visit Michigan.gov.
Is it really necessary to have a vehicle title or maintain registration and insurance on a vehicle? Vehicles are required to be titled, registered, insured and have a valid license plate on display in order to operate on Michigan roadways. The title is a legal document that proves property ownership. In Michigan, this title includes a motor vehicle and other motor property.
All motor vehicles and trailers used on Michigan roads must be registered and must display valid license plates. The registration will display the plate number and what vehicle that plate is registered to.
Michigan requires insurance coverage that includes bodily injury/property damage (BI/PD), personal injury protection (PIP) and property protection insurance (PPI). This required coverage is limited. If you want your insurance company to cover damage to your vehicle or theft, you may choose to carry collision coverage (damage) and comprehensive coverage (theft). You will need to consult with your insurance company to determine the best insurance coverage for your vehicle.
Your proof of registration and a proof of your Michigan no-fault insurance certificate should be in your vehicle or you should carry it with you when you drive. If you cannot show proof of insurance to a law enforcement officer, the court may order the Secretary of State to suspend your driver license. If you cannot show proof of registration, this could also result in a citation. Keep the title to your vehicle in a secure location and not in your vehicle.
New Michigan residents must immediately title and register their vehicles at a Secretary of State office and turn in the title from their previous home state. You are considered a Michigan resident if you have a permanent home or employment in Michigan with the intention of remaining in the state.
You are welcome to visit any Secretary of State Office or the Office of Campus Safety for a copy of the booklet, “What Every Driver Must Know.” The information booklet is also online.
Further information can be also be obtained at michigan.gov/sos.
Safe motoring and our campus safety and security depend on everyone’s participation.
-Rojelio Castillo, Operations Supervisor
Office of Public Safety
“It emptied me of garbage, to make space for Him.”
“It was such a blessing. Jesus is awesome!”
“I want to be saturated by Jesus.”
“It” is the One project. The story of its inception is reminiscent of a modern day parable. Seven men shared a common bond: A deep love for Jesus. Their lives were already committed to Christ, but there was something in each of them that desired to be re-centered both in their own spiritual lives and within the Church they love. The question was: how?
Each of them are leaders in the Seventh-day Adventist Church: Alex Bryan, senior pastor at the Walla Walla University Church; Japhet De Oliveira, director of the Center for Youth Evangelism and chaplain for missions at Andrews University; Dany Hernandez, pastor for collegiate and young adult ministries at Forest Lake Adventist Church; Eddie Hypolite, associate youth director for the South England Conference, UK; Sam Leonor, pastor for LaSierra University; Tim Gillespie, pastor for young adult ministries at Loma Linda University Church of Seventh-day Adventists; and Terry Swenson, campus chaplain for Loma Linda University.
For 9 months, they planned. Then came a day in July 2010 when five of them gathered at a Holiday Inn in Denver, joined periodically by the other two through the wonders of modern technology. For two days, they prayed. They fasted. They shared in communion. They reflected upon a simple statement: Jesus. All.
“It sounds incredibly simple, but it was our ‘ah-ha’ moment,” says De Oliveira. They remembered the energy that started the Seventh-day Adventist Church. They shared that same deep desire to see Jesus return.
For two days, they dialogued and dreamed. “We started with a desire to gather people together for prayer, Bible study and reflection on the person of Jesus,” says Leonor. “After this first gathering I am ready to say we are addressing a need. The need is Jesus as the center of everything we do.”
“Secularism has taken root and the power and presence of Jesus is missing,” says De Oliveira. “We have a generation who are almost-Christian but lack vitality in their faith.
As their conversations unfolded, their mission began to take shape. “What if we gathered together leaders from all over the world to celebrate the supremacy of Jesus in the Seventh-day Adventist Church?” “What if we gathered and focused on what it would mean for us, on a personal, and then local, and finally global community?” “What if we had honest conversation about our legacy, heritage and call for our Church today?” “What if we brought leaders, youth and adults, young and old, employed and retired, pastors and members and simply soaked in Jesus again?”
After two days together, the seven returned to their homes and ministries. And like a single pebble thrown into a still lake, creating circles that continue to widen, their renewed passion for Jesus in our Seventh-day Adventist Church spread. Their movement adopted the moniker the One project.
With their hearts on fire for Jesus, these seven modern-day disciples began to seek out others to join them in their renewed mission to celebrate His supremacy. As they looked around at their friends, family, colleagues, students, church members, each of them felt God’s leading as one-by-one, they extended personal invitations for others to come to the next One project gathering.
The One project gathering in Seattle, February, 2011.
De Oliveira invited Kessia Reyne Bennett, a graduate student at Andrews University. “I longed for more of Jesus in my life and in the denomination I love. It sounded like this gathering was going to part of a movement to see that realized. I wanted to be a part of that,” she says.
Sam Leonor hopes this movement can turn attention to what matters most. “When William Miller wrote about the soon coming of Jesus, he expressed a deep love and longing for Him. He was less concerned with streets of gold, eternal life, etc. He wanted to be with Him. My desire for our Church is that we renew that kind of devotion to Jesus. That our longing be solely for His presence.”
What began with just seven men who love Jesus grew to nearly 180 at the February 2011 One project in Atlanta. There, for a day and a half, it was Jesus alone who took the spotlight. Each of these men shared personal testimony and reflections about their Jesus: Jesus in our Church; Jesus in our History; Jesus in our Theology; Jesus in our Mission; Jesus in our Experience and finally, a Jesus. All. Communion service. The leaders’ heartfelt testimonies, paired with opportunities for dialog, responses, prayer and worship through music resulted in a transformative experience for those who came to see what the One project was all about.
“I chose to attend the One project because I truly believed that Jesus was working in the lives of its leaders,” said Leah Rodriguez, a student at Andrews University. “I wanted to be a part of that. I saw it as a chance to see Jesus in a new light.”
Benjamin Lundquist, a youth pastor at the Camelback Seventh-day Adventist Church in Phoenix, Ariz., came away from the One project with a renewed energy unlike anything he’d experienced before. “To sit in a room with some of the most influential minds in our Church and purely worship and proclaim Jesus as Savior and Lord! I left Atlanta with a renewed focus and energy for my personal spiritual journey and in my ministry calling. The One project was a chance to leave facades behind, let down your guard, express questions, let the world know you don't have all the answers, and simply ‘be’ with Jesus.”
It began with seven. It has taken a grassroots hold upon a rapidly growing number of faithful believers in the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Their energy will undoubtedly spread. But that’s exactly what those seven spiritual leaders dreamed of.
“That’s what the One project is about,” says De Oliveira. “We dreamed of starting something to stimulate the preaching, worship and adoration of Jesus within and throughout the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
First there were seven. Then there were 180. Only God knows what the One project gatherings in Finland (Oct. 31–Nov. 1, 2011), again in Seattle (Feb. 13–14, 2012) and Denmark (Oct. 29–30, 2012) will hold. But it’s not about the numbers, rather, the effect the One project is having upon the family of Christ. For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them. Matthew 18:20.
The One project is partner of the Center for Youth Evangelism, a training and resource center for claiming, training and reclaiming youth and young adults for Jesus Christ. It is located on the campus of Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Mich., as part of the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary. Learn more about the One project at www.the1project.org.
The Andrews University Men’s Cardinal Basketball team made history Saturday night, March 5, when they upset the University of Cincinnati Clermont in what many would call a “David vs. Goliath” victory. The Cardinals were competing in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) Men’s Division II Championship and “knew we had our hands full,” says David Jardine, head coach. The Cardinals started off with an 8-0 run and never trailed, defeating UC-Clermont 69-54. Read full story.
What do card games, the first-ever Siegfried H. Horn Excellence in Research and Creative Scholarship Awards, the tubing hill and Dave Ferguson playing a game show host have in common? Survey says…All were a very memorable part of the 2011 Andrews Family Game Night & Awards Presentation, held on Sunday, Feb. 27, in the Howard Performing Arts Center. Each year at this annual event, awards and recognition are given to faculty and staff members for Years-of-Service, Excellence in Service, Spiritual Life and Daniel Augsburger Awards for Excellence in Teaching. This was the inaugural year for the Siegfried H. Horn Excellence in Research and Creative Scholarship Award. Read full story.
The votes were counted and recounted at the end of the third week of February for the annual Andrews University Student Association (AUSA) elections. On Friday, Feb. 18, the candidates’ hard work and prayer came to fruition. Serving the student body of Andrews University next year as elected AUSA officers will be: Andrew Moll, president; Sandra Owusu-Antwi, vice-president; Nathaniel Gibbs, religious vice-president; Kristina Penny, editor-in-chief of the Student Movement; and José Rivera, social recreation director. Read full story.
President Niels-Erik Andreasen received the Charles Elliot Weniger Award for Excellence on January 29, 2011, in recognition of his long career in theology and leadership for the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The award was presented during the annual meeting of the Charles E. Weniger Society held at the Loma Linda University Church in Loma Linda, Calif. Read full story.
Robert L. Overstreet will be the new principal at Andrews Academy in Berrien Springs, Mich. With more than 15 years of teaching and administrative experience under his belt, Overstreet aspires to create a positive, Christ-centered experience for academy students when he begins his position for the 2011-12 school year. Read full story.
The Architecture Missions Group in the Andrews University School of Architecture, together with the congregation of the Carmel Church in Carmel, Ind., recently celebrated the grand-opening of the first phase of the new addition to the church. The new addition, designed by architecture students from Andrews University, is a multipurpose room currently serving as a sanctuary and fellowship hall. It will eventually expand to include a formal sanctuary. Read full story.
In the fall of 2010, the Andrews University International Development Program (IDP) began a new cohort group of 38 graduate students in South Africa. Master of Science in Administration (MSA) students working in diverse non-governmental organizations such as ADRA, UNICEF and Save the Children are among those enrolled to study on the campus of Helderberg College. This is the first time the course has been offered in South Africa, allowing professionals from the African continent to study part-time without leaving their jobs. Read full story.
Valued Guests of Dining Services,
Over the past couple of months, Dining Services has experienced a number of changes. Along with exciting developments comes the opportunity to learn how we can most effectively serve our campus. Thank you for the helpful feedback that many have offered. As part of the conversation, we would like to share more about our philosophy and goals for Dining Services.
Our strong commitment is to offer each of you, our guests, exceptional service and quality cuisine. We work hard to create a welcoming environment at every meal. Each team member is dedicated to offering you the finest food, delivered with the very best customer service. Our goals are to exceed your expectations and be proactive in solving problems.
Over the next few weeks, we will begin to make several changes. We have already moved the carry out option to a single register and added a second salad bar line to speed up service. Our hot lines now offer several options that are self-serve, allowing you to obtain the portion you desire in a more efficient manner. Over spring break, changes to the stir fry station will be made to allow for faster service.
The philosophy of the All-You Care-To-Eat program was designed for the convenience of our guests. Each meal provides an opportunity for guests to select from a broad range of foods as well as the option to return during the meal. Our staff is trained to serve you an appropriate portion and then ask you to come back if you would like more. We do so, first, to ensure that the food selected is consumed and thus reduce the potential of waste. Second, to guarantee our food is hot and fresh, we cook in batches instead of preparing everything in advance. By serving each guest a proper portion, all diners are ensured a high-quality meal without delay.
Our To-Go option has been a learning process and warrants clarification, as well. Each To-Go guest is provided with a container, bowl, cup and utensils for a single use in the servery area. Guests are encouraged to take as much food as the container will hold with its lid completely closed, including items such as cookies and fruits. Guests selecting the To-Go option may not eat in the dining room area, but must take their containers out of the 3rd floor Dining Services area. Return trips to the servery are not allowed.
Like many other campus entities, Dining Services has a camera security system located throughout our venues. In a recent review of this system in both the Terrace Café and the Gazebo, we were disappointed to learn that some have taken product without purchasing it or having it deducted from their meal plan. We are working closely with administrators and the department of Public Safety to make appropriate changes in our procedures and to clearly define a firm disciplinary response to these violations.
We value each of our guests in Dining Services. Your feedback over the course of the 2010-11 school year has assisted us in improving our service and expanding your choices. Your voice can still be heard every other week in our food committee. Please consider joining us at our next meeting on Wednesday, March 2 at 10:30 am in the Lincoln Room. I appreciate this opportunity to share our progress with you and look forward to working together to provide exceptional dining experiences.
God bless each of you,
J. Mark Daniels
Bon Appetit Management Company
Andrews University Dining Services
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At the United Way Annual Meeting and Recognition Luncheon held on Thursday, Jan. 13, at Lake Michigan College in Benton Harbor, Mich., representatives from Andrews University were surprised to learn they were accepting a Live United Award for the University’s work in a funded partner evaluation project. The award was accepted by Dave Faehner, vice president for University Advancement, and Curtis VanderWaal, chair of the Department of Social Work and director of the Center for Community Impact Research, a branch of the Institute for Prevention of Addictions (IPA). Read full story.
On January 18, 2011, at the annual meeting of the Berrien County Dairy Herd Improvement Association, the Andrews University Dairy walked away with the majority of the awards for milk production in 2010. Read full story.
Alayne Thorpe has been appointed as dean of Distance Education for Andrews University. Concurrently, she is also serving as the interim president of Griggs University, whose ownership was transferred to Andrews University in November 2010. Upon the physical move of Griggs University to the Andrews campus, Thorpe’s role will become solely focused on being the dean of Distance Education at Andrews. Read full story.
The Andrews University Office of Campus Ministries has created a new outreach program for students this school year. Inspired by Jesus’ words, “The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve...” Sunday Projects provides both community service and evangelistic opportunities in the local community and neighboring towns. The ministry focuses on practical needs and participates in hands-on activities, ranging from children’s ministries to providing food baskets and even an occasional painting job, every other Sunday. Read full story.
After a semester of writing, photographing, editing and designing, Envision magazine’s winter/spring 2011 issue is finished and available. The magazine, created and designed exclusively by Andrews University students, features inspiring stories as well as various articles, poetry, photography and art work. This is the second issue of the magazine. Read full story.
Andrews University has announced the names of undergraduate students appearing on the dean's list for fall semester 2010. 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 531 students on the dean’s list. Read full story.
Andrews University student Chantel Atkinson is the recipient of the North American Division (NAD) Women’s Ministries Scholarship for the Lake Union. Scholarship winners were announced at the beginning of December and also hail from Weimar College, Southwestern Adventist University, Union College and Atlantic Union College. Read full story.
The Andrews University Board of Trustees is promoting spiritual growth on campus like never before. Thanks to generous donations given by board members, E. Edward and Ann Zinke of the Foundation for Adventist Education, Andrews faculty and staff, along with a host of other donors, all current University students were able to receive an Andrews Study Bible free-of-charge. Distributions took place in January just in time to get the Word of God into the hands of every student prior to Weeks of Spiritual Emphasis. Read full story.
Andrews.COMM, the official newsletter of the Department of Communication. See PDF attachment for news and information.
With each semester, we experience excitement and anxiety which come naturally with school projects, jobs, family, finances and even the weather. We must take care to prevent these moods from affecting our driving.
Things like “careless/reckless/aggressive driving,” and “road rage” are used to describe a person’s behavior when driving unsafely. Driving is a privilege for citizens and guests of this country, granted to us in the form of a permit from our state government and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), better known as vehicle operator license. While we should drive safely and defensively, the reality is that more and more drivers are becoming aggressive drivers, even though this behavior could threaten the lives of other road users as well as their own.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Michigan State Police have accepted this definition of aggressive driving: when individuals commit a combination of moving traffic offenses so as to endanger other persons or property. It is estimated 66% of road fatalities are caused by aggressive driving behaviors.
The most common behaviors of aggressive drivers include exceeding the posted speed limit, following too closely (tail gating), failure to obey traffic control devices (stop signs, yield signs, traffic signals, railroad grade cross signals, etc.), red light running, erratic or unsafe lane changes and improperly signaling lane changes.
Aggressive driving by definition is a traffic offense, but can escalate into road rage, which is a criminal offense. Road rage is defined by the NHTSA as "an assault with a motor vehicle or other dangerous weapon by the operator or passenger(s) of one motor vehicle on the operator or passenger(s) of another motor vehicle or is caused by an incident that occurred on a roadway."
On aggressive driving, there are two separate statutes which are concepts of aggressive driving. They are “Careless Driving” and “Reckless Driving.” The difference between careless and reckless driving is one of intent and/or the possible consequences of such an act.
Under Michigan Criminal Law, the definition for careless and reckless driving can be found at MCL 257.626b Careless Driving and MCL 257.626 Reckless Driving (note web links below).
Safety must our priority at all times, so drive carefully, and enjoy the roads at Andrews University.The safety and security of our campus depends on everyone’s participation.
Ivan Sierra-Rivera, Safety Officer
Office of Public Safety
The Andrews University Community & International Development Program in collaboration with the Haitian Adventist Graduate Student Association, School of Architecture and Parlé Club is making a difference in Haiti this semester. On Jan 12, the public and campus community took part in “We Remember Haiti,” a benefit event to raise awareness and funds for a scholarship program at Haitian Adventist University. The live program took place at the Howard Performing Arts Center on the campus of Andrews University and was recorded and rebroadcast on The Hope Channel on Feb. 5 and 6.
The January 12 event marked the one-year anniversary of the devastating 2010 Haiti earthquake that took the lives of an estimated 250,000–300,000 people and left millions homeless.
Jean Josue Pierre, president of Haitian Adventist University, attended the benefit at the Howard Performing Arts Center. Pierre was in Haiti with his wife when the earthquake struck in 2010. He remembers being in the car and it starting to shake. He witnessed a nearby building fall to the ground and credits God for keeping him safe. However, the campus of Haitian Adventist University was badly damaged.
During the program, Ron Whitehead, assistant to the president for spiritual life, presented to Pierre a check for $650. The monies were raised by a variety of Andrews students, staff, faculty and community members specifically to benefit student scholarships at Haitian Adventist University. It’s part of a larger effort from other Adventist universities and institutions to raise $100,000 for Haitian Adventist University scholarships.
A very touched Pierre said, “I'd like to say thanks, not only for what they've already done but also for what they are about to do. We need prayer. We need your moral support. But we also need what you can donate because your donations will make a difference in the life of our nation. Support Adventist Christian education in Haiti for our youth. We have to prepare them, not only for this society, but also for eternity.”
“The program itself was the culmination of God’s working through many people in the Andrews community,” says Tyler Cantrell, coordinator of the event, “and to see the 180–200 people in the audience on a weekday in the middle of a blizzard was testimony to the power of love and compassion for Haiti. God opened doors that I didn’t even know needed to be opened.”
Cantrell says the generosity of donors as well as the programming of The Hope Channel, Maranatha and Live Ministries was “just so God-filled and Spirit-led. There cannot be words enough to express how thankful I am to all of them.”
The program also featured several musical performances including the Deliverance Mass Choir, and a documentary film highlighting Adventist organizations, relief efforts and the needs that still exist.
The event was just one effort Andrews is making towards its $100,000 goal to provide scholarships for Haitian students. Donations can be given at the Andrews website. (Type www.andrews.edu and click on “Give to Andrews” at the bottom of the page).
For more information, contact the Andrews University International Development Program at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christmastime cruises are pretty common, and for good reason—you can spend a week or so doing exactly what you want in a warm, sunny place, while someone else cleans your room and serves your meals. But what if you went on a cruise with the intent of serving others?
That’s the purpose of Cruise with a Mission, an annual Christmastime mission project under the direction of José Bourget, assistant director of the Center for Youth Evangelism. On December 12, 2010, just over 100 participants left Tampa Bay, Fla., to assist with mission projects throughout the Caribbean, strengthen their relationship with God and form friendships. Read full story.
Doctor of Ministry Newsletter for January. Please see attachment for full document.
“The best part of my job is the opportunity to work with and minister to the students,” says Jonathan Mark Daniels, the newly appointed general manager of Dining Services at Andrews University. Daniels is officially an employee of Bon Appétit Management, the onsite restaurant company running Dining Services. Read full story.
The Andrews University Men’s Cardinal Basketball Team is making a name for itself this season. The team is currently ranked third in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) Men’s Division II and holds a winning 9-5 record. Facing off against opponents like Oakwood University and Kuyper College in the coming weeks, the Cardinals hope to secure victories as well as an invitation to the USCAA National Tournament in March. Read full story.
“Building the Beloved Community—From Horizon to Horizon: Global Women’s Achievements and Concerns” is the theme for the 2011 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration at Andrews University. This year’s events, running Jan. 13–20, will honor the life and legacy of peace-advocating civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. and include a variety of activities to enhance the understanding and appreciation of his service. All public events take place on the campus of Andrews University.
The celebration kicks off with prominent historian, author and long-time political activist Barbara Ransby offering the keynote address for University Forum on Thursday, Jan. 13. The program begins at 11:30 a.m. in the Howard Performing Arts Center and is open to the public. Ransby has published dozens of articles and essays in scholarly and popular venues. In 2003, she authored the award-winning biography Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement: A Radical Democratic Vision. Currently, she continues her activist scholarship in the areas of gender and women’s studies.
Each year, Andrews observes a tradition of having a student present one of King’s sermons. This year’s honored student, John Coaxum, a first-year seminarian, will present, “Three Dimensions of a Complete Life” during New Life Fellowship Worship Service on Saturday, Jan. 15, at 11:30 a.m. in the Seminary Chapel located in the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary. The sermon was originally presented by King on April 9, 1967, at the New Covenant Baptist Church in Chicago, Ill.
In recognition of demonstrated service to meet the global concerns of women, Andrews University will honor Demetra Andreasen, Bertha M. King and Jasmine Jacob as the recipients of the 2011 Legacy of Freedom Awards. The Convocation and Awards Presentation will take place Sunday, Jan. 16, at 7 p.m. in the Seminary Chapel. The keynote speaker is Tricia Wynn of the Lake Region Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. The convocation and awards ceremony will also feature an “End It Now” display that highlights international efforts to eradicate all forms of violence against women.
An essential component of honoring King’s legacy is performing meaningful acts of community service. On Monday, Jan. 17, a group of pre-selected students will provide manicures, hairstyling and makeup for residents at a local women’s shelter. Childcare and snacks will also be provided.
Several other events are planned for the week, including a café poetry reading on Saturday, Jan. 15, at 7 p.m. in the Recreation Center located in the Campus Center. A special MLK Student Symposium Choice will also be held on Tuesday, Jan. 18, at 11:30 a.m. (Location TBA.) “The Daughters of Eve: Global Issues and Concerns” choice will be led by Claudia Allen, Kevin Leonor and Darlene Doran. The student scholars will present their original research developed in English 215. Following individual PowerPoint presentations, each student will participate in a panel discussion on the implications and consequences of their recent findings.
The week of events concludes on Thursday, Jan. 20, with a showing of Patsy Mink: Ahead of the Majority, a film documentary highlighting Mink, the first Asian American woman to serve in the United States Congress (Hawaii). The showing will take place in Garber Auditorium located in Chan Shun Hall at 7 p.m.
The Andrews University Cardinal Hockey Team is representing the school well this season. The Cardinals are first-place in the B Silver Division at the Ice Box Skating Rink in South Bend, Ind. The team plays in a men’s recreation league against six other teams and currently holds a winning 7-4 record.
“This is the eighth year I’ve been involved with the Cardinals in a men’s recreation league,” says John Banks, team coach/sponsor and professor of physical therapy. “We’ve always done well. Every year, we’ve been one of the top three teams in divisions we’ve been placed in. There has been a steady improvement with many individuals as players and the team as a balanced, cohesive group.”
This year, the Cardinals have played and beaten opponents such as Goshen College and University of Notre Dame faculty, winning some games by as many as 10 goals. The team currently leads the league in most goals for (59) and least goals against (30) and is the only team having won two shutout games.
The Cardinal hockey team is comprised of community members, University students and faculty. The roster includes: Ryan Agrey, Gordon Atkins, Kyle Cothran, Mat Feeley, Gary Johnson, Jeff Martins, Mike Martins, JC Neu, Andrew Pagels, Ruben Rios, Rob Ryan, Jared Slack, Nate Stafford (captain), Braden Teller, Daniel Tryon (alt. captain), and Paul Vivier.
The Cardinal’s 26-game season will end in early April. The next game is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 5, at 10 p.m. at the Ice Box Skating Rink in South Bend, Ind. Students, faculty and community members are invited to attend free-of-charge.
For more information, visit www.iceboxskatingrink.org or check out www.eteamz.com/sbshl/calendar/ to view a complete hockey schedule.
If you are ever stranded on the road whether there is snow or not, there could less of an impact if you are equipped with an emergency kit. You can build your own inexpensive emergency kit and place it in your vehicle trunk for use in case of an emergency.
This kit should contain bottled water, energy bars, a flashlight, First Aid kit, jumper cables and a small shovel. The following website can provide you with more suggested items for your emergency kit: http://www.dmv.org/how-to-guides/emergency-kit.php.
Preparedness also extends beyond the vehicle. How do we prepare for a lack of water, shelter, food, communication with others, power, and caring for others? The following is a program called do1thing. This program breaks down the issues and the job of preparedness into manageable achievable methods of being prepared. The program focuses on one area of emergency each month. I plan to check out this program and hope you will too.
I also just finished reading an article written by the Michigan State Police, entitled “December 8, 2010— Give the Gift of Preparedness this Holiday.” Perhaps, you forgot to give yourself a gift or there may be someone you forgot on your list this year. This article may give you the gift ideas you were searching for.
The safety and security of our campus depends on everyone’s participation.
-Written by Officer Rojelio Castillo, Office of Campus Safety
The attachment below is for the Department of Music newsletter for November 2010.
Seminary Dean's List from December 6, 2010. Please read the attachment for more information.
Andrews University student Dragos Prahoveanu is making a difference in the lives of Benton Harbor families this holiday season. He created the Stay Warm Project on November 20 with hopes of distributing some 250 blankets to homeless families in the area. According to Prahoveanu’s Stay Warm Facebook page, he plans to accomplish this goal by January 2011.
Visitors to his Facebook page are given this motivating message: “I personally hate being cold and I felt the need to make a difference. I am collecting blankets for those that need to stay warm this cold season. These blankets will be distributed to different shelters: Niles, Benton Harbor, etc. Make a difference!”
In collaboration with Sherry Gopp, deputy director of Emergency Shelter Services, Inc. (ESS), Prahoveanu plans to donate the blankets to an ESS shelter in Benton Harbor. The donation is expected to cover nearly all blanket needs for an upcoming drive, giving Gopp and shelter volunteers one less thing to worry about.
“It’s reassuring to meet people who are willing to donate and help. On the other side of the spectrum, it’s great to work with people who have the right uses for those blankets. In the end, we’re all making a difference to help others who are less fortunate,” he says.
Donation boxes have been set up at three locations on the Andrews University campus: Pioneer Memorial Church, the Office of Campus Ministries and the Andrews Post Office. Monetary donations can also be made via check or cash. A $10–$16 donation will also cover the cost of one blanket (depending on size and type).
To learn more about the project and/or to donate, contact Dragos Prahoveanu at 248-974-5887, e-mail email@example.com, or check out the Stay Warm Facebook page by searching for “Stay Warm.” Tax-deductible receipts will be given for all money donations.
I once heard someone say, “In my day, we didn’t have the same danger with alcohol and drugs as we do today.” However, the danger and distraction of alcohol use and drug use has no timetable. Recently there has been an array of articles on legal substances that have negatively impacted the lives of college students. Among these substances is a drink containing a mixture of alcohol and caffeine: a really bad combination.
On Thursday, October 1, Governor Jennifer Granholm signed a bill banning JWH 18, salvia, KAT and BZP. Michigan is now the 11th state to pass legislation banning these substances. JWH 18 is a type of synthetic marijuana that is sprayed on a natural substance to form K2. K2 has been known to have several side effects when ingested, including an elevated heart rate, paranoia, and joint aches, in addition to panic attacks, vomiting and increased anxiety. KAT and salvia are both naturally grown leaves; which one is a stimulant and the other is a psychedelic. BZP is also classified as a stimulant. These now-illegal substances were formerly sold in stores as incense or potpourri under names like Spice, Genie, Zohai, or K2 but, when smoked, provided a high similar to that of marijuana.
There are safety and health safety issues with the use of these substances. The new law defines K2 as a Schedule 1 drug, which means that it has a potential to cause a high risk of dependency and has no known medicinal purposes. Simple possession or use of K2 would be a misdemeanor punishable by a fine and time in jail. If you know anyone who possesses these drugs, please notify the local police department to have these substances destroyed.
The October edition of Grace Notes can be view through the attachment below.
Seminary Dean's List from November 29, 2010. Please read the attachment for more information.
The morning of Thursday, Oct. 28, was cold and drizzly but that did not stop a group of Action members and J.N. Andrews Honors students from boarding a bus headed to volunteer at Harbor Habitat for Humanity in Benton Harbor, Mich. Arriving at the jobsite, they were undeterred to discover that they would be doing outdoor work all morning. Read full story.
By changing their programming, Andrews University’s residence halls are trying to make a greater impact in their residents’ lives. Meier Hall, one of the men’s residence halls, has redesigned their programs to present a more holistic emphasis. Lamson Hall, the women’s residence hall, is using service and lifestyle-improvement programs to foster unity within and help those outside their walls. Read full story.
“Our intentions are to use the opportunity as a ministry...We’re proud of our faith!” says Geston Pierre, a graduate student at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Mich. Pierre will be performing in one of ten groups chosen for NBC’s competition series, “The Sing-Off,” a five-night holiday event featuring a cappella singers from around the country. Pierre is one of six singers in Committed, the only Christian a cappella group featured in the event.
“The Sing-Off,” hosted by recording artist Nick Lachey, will premier its second season on Monday, Dec. 6, from 8–10 p.m. The competition will continue on Dec. 8, 13 and 15 and culminate in a live finale on Dec. 20 (8–10 p.m. ET each night). Committed is one of ten groups competing for the grand prize: a recording contract with Sony Music and a cash prize of $100,000.
The group began as a quartet in 2003 at Forest Lake Academy, Orlando, Fla., and expanded to six members in 2005. Members include Dennis Baptiste, Alain Gervais, Geston Pierre, Robert Pressely, Maurice Staple and Theron Thomas. The all-Adventist sextet debuted at Oakwood University, Huntsville, Ala., for a freshman concert in October 2005 and continued singing at various church and school events in the state and across the country. Committed has performed their biggest gig to date at a United Christian Artists Association Legends Ball in Nashville, Tenn., making “The Sing-Off,” “The biggest opportunity we’ve ever had,” says Pierre.
“The Sing-Off” was taped in Hollywood, Calif., August through mid-September. The group faced several challenges in July when they were first accepted to the show. “We knew we would have Sabbath issues and problems,” says Pierre. “So we contacted the producers of the show and told them we wouldn’t be able to perform or rehearse on Saturdays. This disturbed them, because a lot of the taping takes place on that day.”
The group waited one week, wondering whether or not they would have to “kiss everything goodbye,” says Pierre. At the end of July, the singers learned that their taping dates had been changed to Mondays and Wednesdays, a miracle the group “knew was from God.”
Committed members hail from Alabama, Virginia and Michigan and are all between the ages of 22–24. Five are graduates of Oakwood University and the sixth is a junior music major at the school. Last year’s series winner, Nota, was also comprised of Seventh-day Adventists who are currently working on their album.
“We’re really excited to be on the show,” says Pierre. “Our intentions are to use the opportunity as a ministry. After the show, we’ll have more influence and know more people. We see that as an opportunity to use our exposure for God’s glory.”
Epic Records will release digital tracks of each group’s performance immediately following the airing of each episode. All 10 groups will also be featured on “The Sing-Off: Harmonies for the Holidays” being released by Epic Records on November 30. Look for Committed members to perform in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and for their guest appearance on Warner Bros.’ “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” in early December.
To learn more about “The Sing-Off,” visit www.nbc.com/sing-off. You can also learn more about Committed on Facebook.
Enjoy the latest on the news and announcements from the Seminary Dean's Office.
This is the quarterly School of Psychology Newsletter for November, 2010
This newsletter can be viewed by clicking the following PDF file or by visiting their website.
At their October session, the President’s Council voted to match dollar for dollar what the Faculty and Staff have yet to raise ($314,000) for the Undergraduate Learning Center. The campus campaign goal is $750,000 with $436,000 in commitments to date.
We invite you to join the faculty and staff who have already made commitments and help us bridge this gap. And don’t forget, your pledge or one time gift is being matched!
For information on how to give visit www.andrews.edu/ulc/giving or call the Office of Development at 269-471-6667.
News and Announcements from the Seminary Dean’s Office
Recently a community member expressed concern regarding the issue of pedestrian safety. As the Office of Public Safety, it is our endeavor to ensure that our campus be as safe as possible—for everyone.
“Remember to look both ways before you cross!” The old warning our parents preached to us about crossing streets still rings true today. Safely crossing or walking near streets should always be a priority, for adults and children alike. In 2008 alone, there were 73,378 accidents involving pedestrians with 4,378 of them resulting in the pedestrian being killed (source: http://www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/Pedestrian_Safety/factsheet.html).
As a pedestrian, how can we avoid becoming a statistic? The answer may be easier than you think. First, practice what our parents preached and always look both ways when crossing the street. The safest practice is to look left, right and then left again, as the closest oncoming traffic is always to your left. Second, be sure to make eye contact with approaching drivers. Before you step into the road, making eye contact with the driver increases both parties’ awareness and decreases the chance of surprise. Third, pedestrians should wear appropriate bright or reflective clothing and/or carry a flashlight in low-light situations, such as night time or sunrise/sunset. Reflective clothing and flashlights increases the pedestrian’s visibility. Dark clothing, and even sometimes light-colored clothing, may put the pedestrian at risk because of potential shadowy areas or unaware drivers.
When you are outside jogging, stay alert to your surroundings. Try to stay within the visibility and hearing of others. Also, try to stay on the sidewalks and always cross the streets at the crosswalks. If there are no sidewalks, run against the traffic so that you can see when vehicles are approaching you and so drivers can see you as well.
When you’re in parking lots, keep an eye out for vehicles that are starting to move or back out of parking spots as well as vehicles that may be hidden around corners or by parked vehicles. Stay alert and avoid walking behind a vehicle that has its reverse lights on.
Staying safe while walking is the responsibility of the pedestrian, but drivers should pay attention to their surroundings and pedestrians while operating their vehicles. Driving the speed limit, not accelerating rapidly and looking out for pedestrians are some important responsibilities of drivers operating any vehicle. Drivers should remain alert and cautious when driving in parking lots or in residential areas where hidden pedestrians and vehicles are more likely to be.
Also, check out the Safe Kids USA website, which references pedestrian safety and other safety resource information: http://www.safekids.org/safety-basics/safety-resources-by-risk-area/pedestrian/
Both drivers and pedestrians need to remain alert of their surroundings. Be aware of your surroundings, keep an eye out for each other and be a part of preventing and/or reducing the number of accidents involving pedestrians.
Our campus’ safety and security depends on everyone’s participation.
Written by Officer Bryan Parris
Office of Public Safety