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Thursday, June 23, 2011
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.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Luis Fernando Ortiz is the new director of the Master of Divinity (MDiv) program at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University. He is replacing J. Michael Harris. Read full story.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
In preparation for the July relocation of Griggs University & International Academy to the campus of Andrews University, Andrews has purchased the Lake Union Conference building, located adjacent to the University’s main entrance on Old U.S. 31. Ownership of Griggs University & International Academy was transferred to Andrews University in November, 2010. The physical move of Griggs to Andrews will take place next month, July 2011. Read full story.
Monday, June 13, 2011
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.
Thursday, June 2, 2011
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)
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
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
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
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
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
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.
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
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.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
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.
Thursday, April 21, 2011
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.
Sunday, April 17, 2011
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
Friday, April 15, 2011
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.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
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.
Thursday, April 7, 2011
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.
Thursday, March 31, 2011
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.
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
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.
Monday, March 21, 2011
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.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
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.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
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
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
“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.
Friday, March 4, 2011
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.
Monday, February 28, 2011
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.
Thursday, February 24, 2011
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
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
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Thursday, February 17, 2011
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.
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
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.
Monday, February 14, 2011
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.
Thursday, February 10, 2011
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.
Friday, February 4, 2011
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.
Monday, January 31, 2011
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.
Thursday, January 27, 2011
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.
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
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 following links are of reference and interest:
AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety
Michigan State Police
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
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.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
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.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Doctor of Ministry Newsletter for January. Please see attachment for full document.
Saturday, January 15, 2011
“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.
Thursday, January 13, 2011
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.
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
“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.
Monday, January 3, 2011
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
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
The attachment below is for the Department of Music newsletter for November 2010.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Seminary Dean's List from December 6, 2010. Please read the attachment for more information.
Monday, December 6, 2010
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.
Thursday, December 2, 2010
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.
Learn more about this Public Health Code or Section MCL 333.7212.
-Contributed by Officer Rojeilio Castillo in the Office of Public Safety
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
The October edition of Grace Notes can be view through the attachment below.
Monday, November 29, 2010
Seminary Dean's List from November 29, 2010. Please read the attachment for more information.
Friday, November 19, 2010
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.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
“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.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
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
Thursday, November 11, 2010
This newsletter can be viewed by clicking the following PDF file or by visiting their website.
Friday, November 5, 2010
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.
Monday, November 1, 2010
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
For more than a century, Griggs (formerly known as Home Study International) has provided distance education for the Seventh-day Adventist Church. During this time, we have undergone many changes—curriculum, delivery systems and even name changes—but our mission has always remained the same. As we look to the future, we remain committed to quality Christian education that meets the needs of our global student body. To meet these needs most effectively, the ownership of Griggs will be transferred to Andrews University, the flagship institution of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. This transfer in ownership becomes effective November 1, 2010. Read full story.
The Counseling & Testing Center (CTC) hosted its first annual Wellness Week October 18–23. Held in the Campus Center, the event was dedicated to the eight different aspects of wellness and instructed students how to, “Seek Empowerment. Choose Wellness. Change Your Life.” Read full story.
“Youth ministry leaders are beginning to realize that it’s not only about doing church activities and events—it’s about transforming young adults,” said Denis Fortin, dean of the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary and vice-chair of the Center for Youth Evangelism (CYE) Board. Fortin was one of several key speakers who participated in the CYE’s 30th Anniversary Celebration held Thursday, Oct. 21, in the Andrews University Seminary Chapel. The service reflected on the history of the Center while also highlighting its current impact and future goals. Read full story.
National School Psychology Awareness Week, November 8–12
The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) has designated November 8–12, 2010, as National School Psychology Awareness Week. This year’s theme, “Today is a good day to … SHINE,” helps students and schools focus on strengthening positive relationships and increasing positive experiences. The program involves a series of resources and activities that school psychologists can use to reach out to school staff, students, and parents to help students feel connected, supported, and ready to achieve their individual goals.
NASP represents more than 26,000 school psychologists who work in schools and other education and health settings. School psychologists work with parents and educators to ensure that every child has the mental health and learning support they need to succeed in school and life.
“This year’s theme ‘Today is a good day to … SHINE,’ expresses the importance of increasing the number of positive experiences students have throughout the school day,” says NASP President Kathleen Minke. “Students’ school and life success can be greatly influenced for the better through simple acts that reinforce a positive outlook, such as offering a kind smile, saying ‘thank you,’ trying something new, or encouraging a classmate.”
Additionally, school psychologists will be recognizing students who make significant progress toward their goals through the Student POWER Award program and honoring adult members of the school community who contribute in an outstanding way to improved outcomes for students through the Possibilities in Action Partner program.
“Too often, children focus on what they see as big problems or the things they can’t do, rather than what they can do,” emphasizes Minke. “We can help shift this perspective by highlighting small steps to making a positive difference, easy actions that are within their control.”
Positive habits in children’s daily lives also can contribute to the overall school community and climate, and promote the kinds of positive interactions and relationships that are critical to school and life success.
After its successful first year, NASP is once again rolling out the Gratitude Works program. An effort to have students around the country write letters of gratitude to someone who has made a difference in their lives or the lives of others, the program seeks to reinforce students’ practice of gratitude as one of many pro-social behaviors that can foster individual resilience and well-being and contribute to overall positive school climate.
School psychologists around the country are working with teachers to help students identify and honor school staff, family members, students, and other educators or community members who contribute to their ability to achieve their best. Some students are choosing to write letters of gratitude to people who they do not know personally, such as military servicemen and women and emergency responders.
Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan offers a school psychology program, which can be completed in three years of full-time study. This program has been accredited by NASP since 2000. As a program that adapts to the upcoming changes in the field, our Andrews University school psychology graduates are highly prepared for the field and have 100 percent job placement.
For further information contact Elizabeth Lundy, school psychology program coordinator, 269-471-6251 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Andrews University has been recognized for its commitment to diversity by Minority Access, Inc., a non-profit educational organization. During the 11th Annual Role Model Conference, held Sept. 10–12 in Las Vegas, Nev., Andrews University was given special recognition during the Diversity Awards Dinner. Andrea D. Mickle, president of Minority Access, Inc., presented the recognition to Pedro Navia, chair of the Andrews University Diversity Council. Read full story.
The Department of Engineering & Computer Science’s 2nd annual Egg Drop Challenge was a smashing success—literally. The event, which challenged students to create a vehicle to withstand a several-story fall while protecting the egg inside, took place on Tuesday, Oct. 19, at the Andrews University Science Complex. Read full story.
Check out Luis Garibay, under "Andrews Sophomore Wins Prestigious American Chemical Society Scholarship."
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Andrews University sophomore Luis Garibay is a 2010 American Chemical Society (ACS) Scholar. The scholarship was announced in August and carries an award of $5,000 per year. The scholarship is renewable through Garibay’s fourth year of college. Read full story.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Andrews University sophomore Luis Garibay is a 2010 American Chemical Society (ACS) Scholar. The scholarship was announced in August and carries an award of $5,000 per year. The scholarship is renewable through Garibay’s fourth year of college. Read full story.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010
Friday, October 15, 2010
The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) International Board of Directors appointed Rudi Maier as the agency’s new president and executive director during the board’s regular autumn meeting. Maier most recently served the church as professor of mission in the Department of World Mission at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary. His ADRA appointment became effective October 12, 2010. Read full story.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Source: Ansel Oliver/Adventist News Network
Griggs University, the distance-learning institution of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, could move its operations from the church's headquarters in Maryland to Andrews University in Michigan following an action by denomination's Executive Committee. Read full story.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Doctor of Ministry Newsletter for October
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Now in its sixth year, Bon Appétit’s Eat Local Challenge is a celebration of fresh food, family farms, and fiercely local traditions.
Today, Sept. 28, Bon Appétit Management Company chefs are ready for the Eat Local Challenge: a memorable, made-from-scratch meal relying solely on what’s within farms reach. On this day, the chefs at Andrews University will join over 400 other Bon Appétit restaurants and cafés in preparing a special meal made entirely with ingredients sourced from within 150 miles of their kitchens.
Shrinking the distance our food travels from farm to plate is one way that Bon Appétit Management Company leads the way in changing the way we eat: drawing us back to the land, back to the kitchen, and back to the simple pleasure of real, seasonal food. For over a decade, Bon Appétit’s Farm to Fork Program has created unique partnerships between college and corporate campuses, talented chefs, and local farmers and artisans. Our Farm to Fork partners are small-scale, owner-operated, and sit within a 150 mile radius of the cafés they serve. Bon Appétit’s national span brings the “locavore” concept to the national level, with over 400 cafés supporting a renaissance of regional food production in the United States.
For this year’s Eat Local Challenge, Executive Chef Victor Lane of Andrews University is excited to highlight Southwest Michigan’s best with dishes like Eggplant Lasagna and Spaghetti Squash that he will prepare with the bounty from local purveyors such as Andrews University Farm, Shelton Farm, and Victory Farm.
“Over the past 6 years of the Eat Local Challenge I’ve experienced firsthand how Bon Appétit uses the kitchen to nourish not only people, but also local economies, and the planet. As a chef, I love supporting the farmers and artisans who grow our food, minimizing the impact our food choices have on the earth, and restoring the pleasures of the table,” says Victor Lane.
On the surface, Bon Appétit’s Eat Local Challenge is just one simple, delicious meal. But a quick peek under the lettuce leaf reveals a vast ripple effect – highlighting how local purchasing strengthens communities, keeps small family farms in business, and connects eaters young and old to the land that sustains us. The Eat Local Challenge gets guests thinking and talking about local food – while enjoying a meal that celebrates the flavor, environmental, and economic benefits of eating straight from the farm.
About Bon Appétit
Bon Appétit Management Company (www.bamco.com) is an onsite restaurant company offering full food service management to corporations, universities and specialty venues. Bon Appétit is committed to sourcing sustainable, local foods for all cafés throughout the country. A pioneer in environmentally sound sourcing policies, Bon Appétit has developed programs addressing local purchasing, the overuse of antibiotics, sustainable seafood, cage-free eggs, the connection between food and climate change, and most recently, farm workers’ rights. The company has received numerous awards for its work from organizations like the Natural Resources Defense Council, Seafood Choices Alliance, The Humane Society of the United States, and Food Alliance. Based in Palo Alto, CA, Bon Appétit has more than 400 cafés in 30 states, including eBay, the University of Pennsylvania and the Getty Center.
Monday, September 27, 2010
There is a saying, “The little things in life are the most important.” I remember as a child making a card for my mother and the emotional connection. Perhaps, you have experienced something as simple as a glimpse of sunshine peering through clouds on a gloomy day and watched how it brightens people’s faces with happiness.
Let’s discuss little children, who impact our lives in a big way. The school bus routes have again returned to full schedule on our Campus. In the Journal Era (Sept. 2, 2010 issue), the 2010-11 Road & Street Directory denoted bus routes on the Andrews campus. Route stops included The Crayon Box, Garland Apartments and Beechwood Apartments. The routes time varies and are approximate. The time frame for the pick-up and drop off time for these routes range from 7:10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
When the children are walking to and from bus stops and when children are riding in the bus, we are reminded to be extra careful.
A school bus has lights (red and yellow) mounted in the front and the rear of the bus. When the bus has activated red lights, a motorist is required to stop. When you observe the yellow lights activated, this means the bus is ready to turn the red lights on and you may need to stop. A safety measure for motorist is to be attentive and to be prepared: Presume when you see a school bus that there are children around.
There are consequences for not stopping for a school bus with its flashing red lights active and/or the bus stop arm is extended. The school bus driver will file a report for the processing of a citation.
Safety measures for children also include being attentive when walking to and from the school bus. Children should also be advised to not listen to electronic devices, or call/text on the phone. They need to be prepared as pedestrians to react to what is around them. Children’s clothing also matters. For example, if they have a hooded shirt, and the hood is on, can it impact their line of vision? Lastly please caution your children to always use the crosswalk.
You will also see other school buses on our campus either for events or for the drop off and pick up of community students of the Berrien County Math & Science Center. Further information on school bus safety can be found on the internet at: http://www.michigan.gov
Additionally, we have State of Michigan booklets available at the Office of Campus Safety, “ What Every Driver Must Know.” Feel free to stop by our office for the booklet or if you have any questions (4355 International Ct/269.471.3321). This booklet is also available on line at: http://www.michigan.gov/sos/0,1607,7-127-1642-103522--,00.html.
The safety and security of our campus and our children involves everyone’s participation.
Operational Lieutenant Rojelio Castillo
Andrews University Office of Public Safety
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
The Faculty and Staff Campaign for The Undergraduate Learning Center is moving steadily forward. Thank you to all who have made commitments. We are continuing to seek participation from everyone on campus. Your gift large or small, a one-time gift or a pledge over time does make a difference.
A staff member’s response to the campaign: “As alumni and now staff members here at Andrews, we knew we wanted to do something to help in the building of the Undergraduate Learning Center. But we knew that writing a check for $500 at one time would not be possible for us. We both had many classes in Griggs and Nethery Halls in the 1980s, and they were old then! But with the pledge period going over five years, we knew we could easily do $3.86 per pay period. When we were missionaries with Adventist Frontier Missions in Ireland for 4 years, all of our monthly support came from donors. We had several donors who were giving $5 or $10 each month. Some were elderly widows and we knew that’s all they could give. But they were giving the widow’s mite and it meant so much to us. So if each of us gives at least $3.86 per pay period, with all the parts together, this project can be completed.” (Vicki and Kevin Wiley, School of Education).
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
University administration and the Fall Fellowship Committee are proud to announce university employees have surpassed their $10,000 goal to fund the Freshman Study Bible Project. Because of pledges and donations given by 135 University employees, all incoming freshmen had the opportunity to receive an Andrews Study Bible free of charge. Read more.
During Andrews University Freshmen Orientation Week, held August 15–22, new students spent less time mulling over their college plans and anxieties and more time serving others. Read more.
For the third straight year, the Andrews University Teacher Preparation Program is the only institution out of 32 in the state of Michigan to receive a perfect 70/70 performance score from the Michigan Department of Education. The score has also earned Andrews University’s Teacher Prep Program the honor of being declared an “exemplary program.” Read more.
Monday, September 20, 2010
David Faehner, vice-president for University Advancement, would like to thank all those who made the 26th Almost Anything Goes at Andrews University a success. The event was a great success and it wouldn’t have been possible without your participation, support and contribution. Thank you students, captains and referees for providing another excellent AAG. Thank you Charlotte Smith and your great team for all your help. Thank you Brent Geraty and David Sherman for being the best emcee's we could ever have. Thank you all for keeping the tradition of Almost Anything Goes alive!
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
A recent e-mail received by many on campus warns of a virus and directs people to a web address that asks for username, password and other personal identity information. This message is a phishing scam. The sender intends to trick recipients into providing information to use your identify to obtain credit cards or perform other types of fraud.
Information Technology Services (ITS) will never ask for this information via e-mail. Be aware that it is possible for others to create e-mail messages that can mimic an official communication originating from an Andrews.edu account.
Here are steps you can take to protect your personal information online.
Never provide personal identity information (i.e., username and password, social security number, birthday, bank account numbers, credit card numbers) in response to an e-mail request.
Do not trust links in an e-mail message. Instead type in website address into your browser.
Do not call company phone numbers given in an e-mail. Check a reliable source to obtain the number.
Do not open unexpected e-mail attachments or instant message links.
For more information on phishing scams, visit http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/alerts/alt127.shtm; contact the ITS Helpdesk at email@example.com; or call 471-6016.
Information Technology Services
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Monday, September 13, 2010
Benjamin Schoun, the new chair of the Andrews University Board of Trustees, made his first formal visit to campus on Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2010. He met with campus administrators and shared an informal lunch with President’s Cabinet and the Academic Deans Council. He will return to campus to chair his first board meeting Oct. 24. Schoun replaces Gerald Karst who served as chair for 15 years until his retirement. As a General Conference institution, a GC General vice president is appointed as Andrews University board chair. Schoun was serving as president of Adventist World Radio until his appointment as a general vice president at the world business session in June. No stranger to Andrews, he has also served as professor and associate dean of the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary.
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
It is with heavy hearts we share the following news:
Andrew Anthony Campbell, 32, a resident of Garland Apartments and an Andrews University graduate, died unexpectedly Tuesday evening, August 31. Campbell had complained of stomach and chest pains and had called for help. Andrews University Public Safety, an ambulance and local law enforcement went to his apartment. Campbell was pronounced dead on the scene. It was later determined Campbell had died of natural causes. Read full story.
Monday, August 30, 2010
Thursday, August 26, 2010