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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Thorpe Named Dean of Distance Education

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

Students Serve with Sunday Projects

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

Envision Now Available

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

Fall 2010 Dean's List Announced

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

Women's Ministries Scholarship Awarded to Chantel Atkinson

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

Gift of the Bible

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

Andrews.COMM, the official newsletter of the Department of Communication. See PDF attachment for news and information.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Aggressive and/or Careless Driving

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.

Contributed by:
Ivan Sierra-Rivera, Safety Officer
Office of Public Safety
Andrews University

The following links are of reference and interest:
AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety
Michigan State Police
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Benefit Event for Haitian Students Held One Year After Tragic Earthquake

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 and click on “Give to Andrews” at the bottom of the page).

For more information, contact the Andrews University International Development Program at

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Vacation and Mission in One

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

Doctor of Ministry Newsletter for January. Please see attachment for full document.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Dining Services Management

“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

Men's Cardinal Basketball Team Looks for Invitation to USCAA Tournament

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

MLK Jr. Celebration Honors His Legacy

“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

Cardinal Hockey Team Ranked First in Division

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 or check out to view a complete hockey schedule.

Motorist Preparedness and More

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:

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

Department of Music Newsletter

The attachment below is for the Department of Music newsletter for November 2010.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Seminary Dean's List

Seminary Dean's List from December 6, 2010. Please read the attachment for more information.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Andrews Student Helping Homeless Families Stay Warm

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, 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

Synthetic Marijuana Banned in Michigan

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

Department of Music Newsletter

The October edition of Grace Notes can be view through the attachment below.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Seminary Dean's List

Seminary Dean's List from November 29, 2010. Please read the attachment for more information.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Honors, Action Team Up for Habitat

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.

New Approach to Residence Hall Programs

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

Andrews Student to Compete on NBC's "The Sing-Off"

“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 You can also learn more about Committed on Facebook.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Seminary Dean's List

Enjoy the latest on the news and announcements from the Seminary Dean's Office.

School of Psychology Newsletter

This is the quarterly School of Psychology Newsletter for November, 2010

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Doctor of Ministry Newsletter

This newsletter can be viewed by clicking the following PDF file or by visiting their website.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Faculty and Staff Campaign for ULC

Great news!

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 or call the Office of Development at 269-471-6667.

Monday, November 1, 2010

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News and Announcements from the Seminary Dean’s Office

Pedestrian Advice

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:

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:

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

Griggs Ownership Transferred to Andrews

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.

CTC Hosts Wellness Week

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.

CYE Celebrates 30th Anniversary

“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.

School Psychologists Promote Positive Possibilities

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

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Minority Access Recognition

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.

Smiles Crack at Egg Drop Contest

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.

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NAD Friday Facts

Check out Luis Garibay, under "Andrews Sophomore Wins Prestigious American Chemical Society Scholarship."

Thursday, October 21, 2010

American Chemical Society Scholar

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

American Chemical Society Scholar

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

Department of Music Newsletter


Monday, October 18, 2010

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Friday, October 15, 2010

Andrews Professor New ADRA President

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

Griggs could move to Andrews

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

Seminary Dean's List


Thursday, October 7, 2010

Doctor of Ministry Newsletter

Doctor of Ministry Newsletter for October

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Seminary Dean's List


Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Stirring Up a Locavore's Dream at Andrews University

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 ( 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

News From Public Safety: Me, You and the School Bus

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:

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:,1607,7-127-1642-103522--,00.html.

The safety and security of our campus and our children involves everyone’s participation.
Thank You.

Operational Lieutenant Rojelio Castillo
Andrews University Office of Public Safety

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The Faculty/Staff Campaign for the Undergraduate Learning Center

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

Employees Sponsor Bibles for Freshman

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.

Students Give Back through Service

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.

Top Score for Teacher Prep

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

Thank You for a Great Almost Anything Goes!

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

Don't Get Hooked by a Phishing Scam

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 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; contact the ITS Helpdesk at; or call 471-6016.
Information Technology Services

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

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Monday, September 13, 2010

Benjamin Schoun, New Board Chair

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

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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Death of Recent Andrews Graduate

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

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

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Not Too Young to Research Promotes Early Research Participation

In what he describes as a series of short promotional video ads in a cutting-edge campaign for early research participation, Desmond Murray, assistant professor of chemistry at Andrews University, launched Not Too Young To Research on YouTube on August 22, 2010.

For more than a decade Murray has been giving students a window to the wonders of laboratory research through the nonprofit BEST (Building Excellence in Science & Technology) organization he created for high school and college students. He describes the BEST Early programs as ‘incubators of innovators,’ in which students get hands-on experiences in authentic research four to eight years earlier than normal. His passion is igniting enthusiasm for discovery and innovation by getting students into the lab early. More than 600 students have participated in BEST Early research programs, doing real research into new dyes, hybrid drugs and sensors for toxic agents. Murray, the program’s founder, has helped students facilitate research projects funded by grants from the National Science Foundation, American Chemical Society (ACS) Petroleum Research Fund, ACS Project SEED and Andrews University Office of Research & Creative Scholarship. Follow-up surveys of participating students indicate 76 percent say the experience heightened their interest in research, with 71 percent reporting increased interest in chemistry.

Murray has been a passionate advocate for early research participation as a sustainable solution for America’s twenty-first century future. His latest video promoting the message ‘You’re not too young to research,’ can be viewed at

School officials in Detroit, Mich. and South Bend, Ind. have recently expressed interest in the BEST Early program, with an eye toward replicating its success at the high school level. Michigan officials like U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Governor Jennifer Granholm and State Representatives Sharon Tyler and John Proos have applauded the efforts of BEST. In April, Senator Stabenow’s regional manager, Mary Judnich, paid a three-hour “show and tell” visit to Murray’s Math Science Center Grade 12 research class.

There is a growing national and international understanding that programs like BEST Early are critical for national prosperity and global economic competitiveness. Many countries around the globe participate in and highly value reports, such as, “Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS),” which track and rank nations based on their performance in math and science education. For its part, over the last 30 years the United States has had a long list of indicators and reports documenting its declining performance in math and science education especially at the secondary level. Reports such as the 2001 Commission on National Security to the National Research Council’s 2005 America’s Lab Report, “Investigations in High School Science,” there is this awareness.  It is also reflected in a 2006 international student assessment that ranked American students 21st out of 30 in science literacy among students from developed countries, and 25th out of 30 in math literacy.

So Murray’s passionate advocacy for early research participation as a sustainable solution for science education and economic competitiveness is right on the mark and consistent with efforts such as the recently launched “Educate to Innovate” initiative by the White House and U.S. Department of Education. His latest video promoting the message ‘You’re not too young to research,’ can be viewed at

Actors for the video came from the Boys & Girls Club of Benton Harbor, Mich., the Homeschool HUB of Niles, Mich., and Berrien RESA Math Science Center. The local production company for this video, Giant House Productions, is operated by two Andrews University alumni–James Gigante and Steven Huset. In addition, voiceovers were done by Kenneth Harper, former Mayor Pro Tem of the City of Benton Harbor, Marcia Kilsby, associate professor of clinical and laboratory sciences and chair of the Andrews University Department of Clinical & Laboratory Sciences, and retired faculty Bill Mutch and Peter Wong of the Andrews University Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry. The video soundtrack was done by former Andrews student Andrew Osano of Berrien Springs, Mich. The video was shot on location at the Andrews University Science Complex.

Kaylee Edwards of Sodus, Mich., a 2010 graduate of the Math Science Center, a student in Murray’s 2010 Grade 12 organic chemistry research class and now a computer science freshman at Michigan Tech, said, “I did enjoy the video shoot. Being around the chemistry instruments brought back a lot of fun memories. Knowing that I contributed to spreading a message about not being too young to do research was a great reward in itself.”

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

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Monday, August 23, 2010

Bicycle Registration/Information/Safety

News You Can Use from the Office of Public Safety
Sometimes we learn what’s easiest the hard way. Last year, only three of all the bicycles reported stolen to the Andrews University Office of Public Safety had a chain or lock. Many were not registered and there were cases where the owner could not provide details on the bicycle, i.e., make /model, serial number, bicycle type.

Therefore how can you, as a bicycle owner, take the easiest step and skip learning the hard way? You can prevent a bicycle theft by securing your bicycle. Secure your bicycle frame and not just the bicycle tire. It makes the bike a much harder target and brings on more suspicion for a thief who now has to cut through the chain or try to break the lock.

If you register your bicycle with Public Safety, here are some benefits:

  • If your bike is stolen, you substantially increase the chances of getting it back. The cost is $5. The registration form will allow you to enter such information as the model, type of bicycle and serial number. It is also a good idea, for your records, to take a picture of the bicycle
  • You won’t have to find those red tags (Notice of Abandonment) that you’ll see around campus telling the bicycle owners that they need to repair and/or register their bicycles. These tags can also be a warning that a bicycle may be removed from Andrews University property to a storage facility. (If no one claims the impounded bicycle for a period of 60 days, the bicycle will be turned over to the local police as abandoned property). Public Safety is not responsible for any incidental damages that may occur to bicycles or locks during the impoundment process.
  • During registration, you may indicate your willingness to donate your bicycle when your student status expires. The bicycle can then be sold at a bike sale or donated to a local charity organization, providing a prior agreement has been made with you during the registration process. (If a registered bicycle is abandoned and not claimed within 60 days, this bicycle will also be sold a bike sale or donated.)
  • You have proof of ownership. If your bicycle ever turns up stolen, lost, or missing, we will already have a detail description with the serial number, your name as the owner, and how to contact you. Otherwise, you’ll have to provide proof of ownership either by a picture of an identifying mark, or a receipt with the serial number of it. The proof of ownership also comes in handy if someone mistakenly identifies your bicycle as their lost bicycle because it’s the same color/model/shape, etc. All we need is the registration number of your bicycle and this can verify that you own it.
  • Finally, if your lock gets stuck or frozen in this Michigan weather, you’re entitled to the free service or your lock being warmed up, or your chain cut to free your bicycle without having to prove that you own the bicycle. Without being registered, you may not be able to prove that you own the bicycle, and you will be left with your walking shoes–not as speedy as a bicycle!

Come to Public Safety and register your bicycle! Fill out a registration card and place a bicycle registration sticker in an unobtrusive spot on your bicycle. The charge can even go onto your student account and you can register it on the same day you register your vehicle.

A few handy tips for Bicycle Safety:

  • Secure your bicycles in designated areas
  • Stop at all stop signs
  • Travel with the directional flow of traffic on campus roadways
  • Yield to pedestrians
  • Your bicycle should have proper reflectors and lighting when riding at night
  • Wear proper safety gear (helmet, etc.).
  • Keep your bicycle in good mechanical condition and the tires properly inflated. (An air station is available on the South side of the Grounds building.)
  • Always lock your bicycle to a bike rack.

To report a bike theft occurring on campus, contact the Andrews University Office of Public Safety. To report any bike theft that occurs off campus contact the police department. You are responsible for your bicycle’s safety, so be certain that it is locked and occasionally checked on when not in use.

Learn more at

-Written by Officer Bryan Parris, Public Safety

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Thank you from Enrollment Management

The Division of Enrollment Management is concluding the work of the summer, an amazing time of year for our team, as we anticipate many new students joining our campus family. Early numbers indicate we will have the largest new freshman class in nearly two decades! As of last Friday, we had 80 more admissions than we had last year at this same time.

We’re also preparing for the next recruiting cycle to connect with prospective students for the following year. We would like to thank each of you who have been involved with individual campus visits and events as well as doing class schedules for the fall 2010 freshmen and transfer students. Some of you have even gone the “extra mile” and traveled with us to various academies and regional college fairs during the past school year. This has been very effective in attracting students to Andrews University.

This fall, on September 27, we will be conducting a new one-day Preview event at Andrews University for area high school students interested in the possibility of attending the following year. It is becoming increasingly important to develop ways of showcasing Andrews to these students as many of our academies are decreasing in size. This Preview is in addition to the Standout spiritual emphasis weekend we do in April for public high school and home school students.

As we soon begin a new recruiting cycle, we ask for your prayers as we drive and fly even more to keep our enrollment strong and stretch our budget to cover the increased costs of additional travel, almost double the number of campus visits compared to two years ago, and increased document processing and communication that the continual record number of applicants requires.

Again, thank you for all your support and collaboration as we work together with God’s plans for the future of Andrews University.

--Stephen Payne, vice-president for Enrollment Management, Randy Graves, associate vice president for Enrollment Management & the Andrews University Enrollment Management Team

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

New All-You-Care-to-Eat Payment Plan at Dining Services

Effective Friday, August 13, 2010, a new All-You-Care-to-Eat payment plan will go into effect for Dining Services. The All-You-Care-to-Eat dining prices are as follows:


Faculty and staff will still receive a 25% discount. Student meal accounts remain on a declining balance plan.

"The benefit to an All-You-Care-to-Eat payment plan is your expectation about spending remains the same but your food options open up. Now, diners will be able to try new options for one flat rate," says Kerry Riter, interim general manager at Dining Services.

Takeout options are still available. Those opting for takeout will receive one takeout food container and one takeout cup, both intended for one-time takeout use only. "This process will be evaluated in the future to ensure it’s a win-win situation for our customers and for Dining Services," says Riter.

The physical appearance of Dining Services remains largely unchanged with a few exceptions. With the All-You-Care-to-Eat dining options, a variety of beverages will be available as fountain drinks. These options include Gatorade, decaffeinated ice-teas and flavored water, in addition to traditional fountain drinks like Mug Root Beer and Sierra Mist. The beverage coolers will now be used to showcase a variety of fresh Andrews produce.

The smaller of the two Andrews Classics lines will become a dedicated all-vegan area. "We want to ensure the dietary needs of our community are being met while also encouraging others to try the vegan options and perhaps discover new food favorites," says Riter.

Many of the pre-packaged items, such as bottled drinks and pre-made sandwiches, will now only be sold in the Gazebo and the C-Store. Additional Gazebo and C-Store menu items are also being developed.

This new payment plan is just one of several exciting changes underway at Dining Services under the management of Bon Appétit. The company is moving Dining Services toward healthier, sustainable practices including using more locally grown produce, using a press to cut fresh French fries daily, and using homemade pizza dough produced fresh daily.

Additional information on the improvements being made by Bon Appétit will be shared via Recent News on the Andrews homepage.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Renaissance Kids Construct Bench, Archway for Curious Kids Discovery Zone

The Curious Kid’s Discovery Zone construction project is nearing completion for the final session of Renaissance Kids, an architecture day camp offered by the Andrews University School of Architecture. This final session was for students ages 12–14 and lasted two weeks. During this time, they designed and constructed an archway and bench project for the Curious Kids Discovery Zone in St. Joseph, Mich.

Jim Hippler of Exquisite Homes and Tom Lowing, associate professor of architecture at Andrews University, volunteered their time to help guide the students’ project. Hippler’s crew will work on the final touches. The students will be invited to return once the archway and benches are complete to install decorative ceramic pieces around a whisper dish, a device used to reflect and sometimes focus sound waves. The ceramic pieces were made by students in Sessions 1–4 of Renaissance Kids. The grand-opening for the new area will be held in late September.

Each summer, Renaissance Kids Architecture Day Camp offers kids a chance to experience hands-on fun with design, drafting, building, sketching, watercolors and more. While exploring the discipline and lessons of architecture, Renaissance Kids provides a fun array of projects through which children learn about history and culture, design concepts, the architect’s tools, construction and materials, community and citizenship. Various sessions are offered during the months of June, July and August for children ages 6–14.

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

Thursday, August 5, 2010

411 Newsletter--Center for Youth Evangelism

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Texting While Driving

News You Can Use from the Office of Public Safety
Will you be able to stop doing it? Some say you will not be able to. When I was a young child faced with a bowl of chips, my mom would say, “I bet you can’t eat just one!” Sure enough, I found it difficult to resist eating more than one! However, the topic I want to share is more than a dare. Your actions regarding this topic could result in life changing moment that can never be reversed. Your full attention is needed for this topic subject: driving and texting.

The intent of this article is to provide a means of education on the new subsection to the Michigan Vehicle code which took effect on July 1, 2010. I have placed a poster (U.S. Department of Transportation. Office of Highway Safety Planning) at the Campus Center which denotes the phrase, "OMG TXT DRV TCKS $ 100”'. Also there is an icon message, “Thumbs on the Wheel.”

The language in the enforcement law bans sending, manually typing or reading text messages while driving. This includes a wireless two-way communication device, including a cell phone, which is located in your hand or in your lap, while operating a motor vehicle that is moving on a highway or street in the State of Michigan.

The first offense will cost $100 and repeat offenses will be at a cost of $200. Texting will be a primary offense under Michigan's law, which means a police officer can pull over a motorist solely for using phones to send text messages.

A few suggestions to stop texting while driving

  • Explore the possibility of obtaining a phone application that will disable the text feature while you are driving
  • Check out this link and see what Oprah has to say about signing a pledge declaring that you will not text and drive.
  • Or dare to do the extreme, which is to turn your phone off while you drive.

The reference to the law can be at found here. (Public Act 60 of 2010 added MCL 257.602b to the Michigan Vehicle Code.)

-Operational Lieutenant Rojelio Castillo
Andrews University Office of Public Safety
4335 International Ct.
Berrien Springs, MI
Phone: 269-471-3321

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Thursday, July 8, 2010

CYE Welcomes Jose Bourget

The Center for Youth Evangelism (CYE) is pleased to announce Jose Bourget as their new assistant director. In his new role, Bourget will directly oversee Cruise with a Mission, Church of Refuge, WeCare Short-Term Mission Trips and Disaster Response, and daytime programming for the International Camporee. Read more.

Spring 2010 Dean's List Announced

Andrews University has announced the names of undergraduate students appearing on the dean's list for spring 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 483 students on the dean’s list.
Read more.

Friday, July 2, 2010

2010-11 Howard Center Presents. . .

Featuring a vast array of musical genres, the Howard Performing Arts Center's 2010-2011 concert series Howard Center Presents. . . will feature Christian and classical performing artists, including Big Daddy Weave, Sphinx Chamber Orchestra and the Georgia Guitar Quartet.
The season will kick off with Opening Night 2010! on Sunday, Aug. 29. The opening concert will feature Lake Effect Jazz, Juan Carlos Rodriguez and special programming by Andrews University faculty and students.
On Sunday, Sept. 12, Christian band Big Daddy Weave along with solo artists Aaron Shust and Andy Kirk will continue their Hope Restored Tour at the Howard Center. In their decade-long career, Big Daddy Weave has produced five albums including Christ Has Come, a Dove Award winner chosen as the 2010 Christmas Album of the Year. Singer/songwriter Aaron Shust is best known for his hit-single My Savior, My God and a trio of Dove Awards for "Song of the Year," "Songwriter of the Year" and "New Artist of the Year." Andy Kirk, a worship leader/recording artist from Nashville, Tenn., is recognized for his leadership at, one of the largest and most innovative churches in America. He released his debut record on May 11, 2010.

Two faculty members will take the stage for a recital on Saturday, Sept. 25. Claudio Gonzalez, Andrews University Symphony Orchestra conductor and associate professor of music, will perform selections with pianist Chi Yong Yun, director of piano studies and assistant professor of music at Andrews University.
The Christian Artist Series will feature a concert by singer/songwriter Scott Krippayne on Sunday, Oct. 3. Influenced by the musical sounds of Billy Joel and Elton John, the piano player'ss songs center on Jesus as the revolutionary way of life. Krippayne's new songs reflect his own spiritual journey in an ever-changing world.
If you're looking for a more diverse performance, check out The Sphinx Chamber Orchestra on Sunday, Oct. 17. The concert will feature well-known selections in addition to works by African-American and Latino composers. The Harlem Quartet, an ensemble whose mission is to engage audiences in classical music and diversity, as well as up-and-coming violinist Elena Urioste will also perform.
The following Sunday, the Christian Artist Series will resume with singer/songwriter Michael Card. Feeling he can always do more, Card has recorded over 23 albums in addition to authoring/co-authoring 19 books and hosting a radio program. The popularity of his work seems to be a stark contrast to his simple life goal: to quietly teach the Bible.
A Charlie Brown Christmas with David Benoit kicks off the holiday season on Sunday, Nov. 28. The Grammy-nominated pianist will perform smooth jazz and holiday arrangements made famous by Vince Guaraldi on the Charlie Brown Christmas TV specials.

The Howard Center will bring in the New Year with the rich harmonies of Naturally7 on Sunday, Jan. 23. Naturally 7 has performed on The Today Show and The Tonight Show and has toured with Michael Buble. CBS News' Daniel Sieberg has said of Naturally 7, "It's hard to describe their act other than saying each of them used their voices in unison to recreate a different musical instrument from drums to brass instruments to guitars. They made beatboxing look like child's play."
On Saturday, Jan. 29, BarlowGirl will take the stage with selections from their latest album, Love & War, among other song favorites. Siblings Rebecca, Alyssa and Lauren Barlow are famous for their bold and inspirational lyrics, particularly those in popular hits Never Alone and I Need You to Love Me.
A legend in the Christian music industry, Sandi Patty, will also perform at the Howard Performing Arts Center. Enjoy numbers from her 20-plus albums on Saturday, Feb. 19. Patty is a highly regarded Christian artist and the winner of five Grammy awards, 16 Dove Awards and an inductee to the GMA Hall of Fame.

On Saturday, March 5, Carla Trynchuk and Trina Thompson will perform a faculty recital. Trynchuk, professor of music and director of the string program at Andrews University, is a violinist who has performed solos for the Calgary Philharmonic in Canada and the Banatul and Iasi Philharmonic Orchestras. Thompson, associate professor of music, is an acclaimed pianist who was awarded Indiana University's Chancellor's Fellowship and the IU Music Theory Department's Dissertation-Year Fellowship.
The season will conclude with a concert by Jason Solomon, Phil Snyder, Brian Smith and Kyle Dawkins of the Georgia Guitar Quartet on Sunday, April 3, 2011. In 1996, the ensemble emerged as an exciting new voice in the chamber music scene. The group draws their inspiration from classical masterpieces, Irish folk music, late Impressionistic tones and contemporary rock icons.

Ticket prices will be released at a later date. All tickets go on sale Monday, August 2, 2010, at 1:30 p.m. and can be purchased by calling the Howard Performing Arts Center Box Office at 888-467-6442 or 269-471-3560. Summer Box Office hours are Monday-Thursday, 1:30-5 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m.-12 p.m. For more information please visit us on the web at

DLiT: News for July 2010

NEW Griggs University Registration Process
The DLiT, ITS and Office of Academic Records have worked to make enrollment for the Griggs Courses online. Instructions will soon be available through the DLiT as well as Student Success.

Learning Management Software (LMS)
We are reviewing the usages and usability of Desire2Learn (D2L). Your feedback is crucial as we consider the needs for teachers and students here at Andrews University. Here is a link to the survey:

NOW AVAILABLE: If you have a paper that you would like to check on the originality of the sources, send it to us and we will have it checked. Starting Fall Semester 2010 this will be available more campus-wide with teachers having their own access. Look for training dates in the August NEWS or contact your department chair to have a demonstration at your department's fall faculty meeting.

DLiT Hours for July

Week of July 5-9
    Monday: Closed
    Tuesday-Friday: 9 a.m.-Noon
Week of July 12-16
    Monday-Friday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Week of July 19-23 & 26-30
    Monday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
   Tuesday: 9 a.m.-Noon
   Wednesday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
   Thursday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
   Friday: 9 a.m.-Noon

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Adventist Ministries Convention in 2011 Postponed to 2012

The North American Division’s Adventist Ministries Convention scheduled for January, 2011, in Tucson, Arizona, has been cancelled. Citing economic concerns, the rotation of the Convention has been changed to twice every five years instead of every other year.

At recent conventions, fewer church personnel attended. It is hoped that with one fewer meeting during a quinquennium, savings will allow more church professionals to attend and benefit from the presentations.

The Adventist Ministries Convention will take place two years after a General Conference session and one year prior to the next one. The next sessions are scheduled for January 2012, 2014, 2017 and 2019. This five-year cycle allows for the NAD to strategically position other events around the convention. This change will also allow more time for NAD departmental directors who are elected in November, 2010, to adequately plan for the Convention.

Friday, June 18, 2010

New Dual Degree Offered: Master of Divinity and Master of Social Work

The Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary and the Department of Social Work at Andrews University are now offering a new dual graduate degree, a Master of Divinity/Master of Social Work, beginning in the fall semester of 2010. This four-year degree is being introduced with a 33 percent tuition reduction incentive.

The new dual MDiv/MSW degree will prepare students for service in occupations where social work and the pastoral mission of the church intersect. It is the only collaborative program of its kind within the Seventh-day Adventist Church and only one of 15 throughout the United States.

"The role of today's pastor is different than that of the traditional pastor. In addition to preaching, visitation, weddings, funerals and an annual evangelistic series, pastors must be prepared to deal with a myriad of human challenges both within the congregation and within the community," says David Sedlacek, professor of social work and co-coordinator of the dual degree program.

The program is designed to give students an integrated approach to both theology and social work. It's structured to prepare students for types of ministry where clinical and administrative skills in both social work and theology are needed. Students can choose to complete a dual degree or an emphasis in either social work or Christian ministry.

"Effective evangelism today requires a familiarity with the real problems that people face and the knowledge of how to effectively address them with sound professional and biblical solutions," says J. Michael Harris, director of the MDiv program. "Studies show that pastors are often the first and most trusted contact for congregants who are experiencing life problems. They therefore need to be well prepared to help with these problems."

Applicants for the MDiv/MSW dual degree program are required to have a bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college or university in the United States, or an equivalent educational credential from another country. Applicants must apply separately, and be accepted, by both the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary and the Department of Social Work.

To learn more about the dual MDiv/MSW, e-mail or contact the Program Coordinator at 269-471-6249.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

2011 Easter Passion Play Director Announced

Dear Friends,

I'm happy to formally announce the 2011 Easter Passion Play Event Director as Tori Steely. Tori has been my assistant for two years and I have valued her as a friend and great leader.

After graduating from Andrews University with a degree in Biology in 2008, Tori then entered the Masters program. She is planning on graduating from the Biology masters program in 2011. Her emphasis is neurobiology with her research being done on crickets. This will be her third year being involved with the Easter Passion Play.

It has been my privilege to lead hundreds of volunteers to share with others Christ's sacrifice through His death on the cross and His message of everlasting love! I have enjoyed seeing God work through the countless hours of service these volunteers have given in order that we might bring the community this event.

I'm excited about what new ideas and leadership Tori will bring and am pleased to announce her as the 2011 Event Director.

May God continue to shine his light through this event on the campus of Andrews University.

Richard A. Parke, 2010 Director

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

DLiT: News for June 2010

Learning Management Software (LMS)
We are reviewing the usages and usability of Desire2Learn (D2L). Your feedback is crucial as we consider the needs for teachers and students here at Andrews University. In the next few weeks you will be receiving an email with a link to a survey regarding D2L.

NOW AVAILABLE: If you have a paper that you would like to check on the originality of the sources, send it to us and we will have it checked. Starting Fall Semester 2010 this will be available more campus wide with teachers having their own access. Look for training dates in the August NEWS.

The DLiT now has a license for Softchalk, content development software. If you are interested in making changes to your content to be more interactive, please contact us.

DLiT Hours for June
Week of May 1-June 4
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Wednesday & Thursday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Week of June 7-June 11
Monday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tuesday: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Wednesday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Thursday: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Week of June 14
-June 18
Monday-Friday: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Week of June 21
- June 25
Monday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tuesday: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Wednesday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Thursday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Week of June 28 - July 2
Monday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tuesday: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Wednesday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Thursday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

If these hours change the DLiT voice mail will have the change. If you need assistance during any of these times, please continue to e-mail us at

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Introducing an Online MBA

The Andrews University School of Business Administration will be offering an online Master of Business Administration (MBA) beginning in August 2010. Read more.

Summer 2010 Board Report

Faculty and staff gathered in the Garber Auditorium on Monday, May 17 for the routine briefing by President Niels-Erik Andreasen of the summer meeting of the Board of Trustees. Dr. Andreasen noted this summer’s Board meeting came earlier than usual due to the General Conference session. Read more.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Adventist News Network: How are General Conference Session delegates selected?

More than 2,400 church representatives will vote on agenda items during the Seventh-day Adventist Church's 59th World Session this August. Who are they, and how are they selected?

The Adventist Church's Constitution outlines the process, which began last summer. Delegates fall into one of two categories: regular delegates, those who represent various levels of church administration; and delegates at large, who represent world church entities and institutions, such as universities. Read more.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

New Dean Appointed

Christon Arthur, an Andrews alum, is returning to his educational roots as dean of the Andrews University School of Graduate Studies & Research. He assumes the role currently held by interim dean Emilio Garcia-Marenko. Arthur will arrive to campus on July 1, 2010.

"The position of dean of the School of Graduate Studies & Research has been upgraded from a half to a full-time position and we look forward to the strength that Christon Arthur will bring to this integral role on campus," says Bill Richardson, interim provost.

"A faculty-student mentorship relationship is the most important attribute of high-quality graduate programs. That was my experience at Andrews," says Arthur. "I was blessed to have mentors who believed in me, more than I believed in myself and that's what we are called to do. They mentored me in scholarly activities and leadership. Undoubtedly, my experiences with my mentors outside of the classroom were more valuable to me than my in-class experiences. My mentors touched my life by "paying forward" and those experiences have made me who I am today. I intend to reciprocate by touching the lives of current students: "paying forward" to the next generation."

As associate dean of the College of Education at Tennessee State University (TSU) since January 2007, Arthur has provided leadership as the college's chief academic officer and worked closely with deans, department heads, faculty and others in strategic planning; fiscal planning and budgetary allocations; and creating and maintaining academic rigor. He joined the faculty at TSU in 2001, teaching in the educational administration department. During his tenure, he mentored undergraduate and graduate students in the research process. His mentorship led to his students co-presenting at conferences and co-authoring peer-reviewed publications. His academic contributions did not go unnoticed, leading to Arthur being named "Researcher of the Year" for the Department of Educational Administration in 2002-03 and the university's "Teacher of the Year" in 2004-05, both at Tennessee State University. Prior to working in higher education, Arthur spent 12 years teaching geography and social studies students at Grenada Seventh-day Adventist Comprehensive School where he also helped students prepare for the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) exam.

Arthur has led several notable funded research projects, including $11,000 annually for the development and implementation of a peer-reviewed journal in the College of Education at TSU and an annual $35,000 budget to work collaboratively with TSU Extension and Bridges Academy to integrate technology into the curriculum. He has contributed scholarly research articles to numerous publications and delivered dozens of scholarly presentations across the country.

He has also been actively involved in several professional organizations and councils including the Tennessee State Board of Education Advisory Council, the K-12 Education Board of the Kentucky-Tennessee Conference, the Alzheimer's Disease Research Foundation, and the Research and Service Committee for the TSU College of Education, to name a few. He holds professional memberships to several organizations such as the American Educational Research Association and the Regents Academic Leadership Institute, among others.

Arthur earned a Bachelor of Arts in theology from Caribbean Union College in Trinidad in 1989 and three graduate degrees from Andrews University: a master's degree in education in 1995; an EdS in curriculum & instruction in 1998 and a PhD in educational administration in 2000.

-Written by Keri Suarez, media relations specialist, Office of Integrated Marketing & Communication

Thursday, May 13, 2010

DLiT: News for May 2010

Now available: If you have a paper that you would like to check on the originality of the sources, send it to us and we will have it checked. Starting Fall Semester 2010 this will be available more campus wide with teachers having their own access. Look for training dates in the next NEWS.


The DLiT now has a license for Softchalk, content development software. If you are interested in making changes to your content to be more interactive, please contact us.

Learning Management Software (LMS)
We are reviewing the usages and usability of Desire2Learn (D2L). Your feedback is crucial as we consider the needs for teachers and students here at Andrews University. In the next few weeks you will be receiving an email with a link to a survey regarding D2L.

The Center for Distance Learning and Instructional Technology
Marsha Beal, Director


Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Graduation 2010

The overcast skies didn’t dampen the excitement of graduates, eager to hold their diploma, on graduation Sunday, May 2. Altogether, 588 students—undergraduate and graduate, both affiliate and main campus—marked the formal completion of their degree from Andrews University. Barry Black, chaplain to the United States Senate and His Excellency the Most Honorable Sir Patrick L. Allen, governor-general of Jamaica, were among the featured speakers for the Andrews University graduation weekend April 30–May 2, 2010. Both men were also awarded honorary degrees. Read more.

Groundbreaking for Buller Hall

The winds of change were blowing—quite literally—as the groundbreaking ceremony for Buller Hall commenced Friday morning, April 30, in the heart of the campus of Andrews University. Nearly 250 gathered just outside the now-empty Griggs Hall as University administration, lead donors Allan and Mickey Buller, and faculty formally turned the first shovels of dirt for the new Undergraduate Learning Center. Read more.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Dept. of Mathematics Presents Awards for Excellence in Mathematics

On Friday, April 23, the Department of Mathematics held an awards reception for the 2009-2010 Awards for Excellence in Mathematics. This annual event recognizes students who have excelled in mathematics. The following is a list of categories and the students recognized in each area:

Hea Yeon Choi, Andre Moncrieff

Advanced Calculus
Theron Calkins

MATH145 Reasoning with Functions
Robin Hardy, Kevin Wilson

MATH220 Geometry & Numbers

Jodi Knott

MATH355 Discrete Mathematics
Kendall Hopkins

Precalculus Algebra
Sung Min Cho

Calculus II
Daniel Colon, Sung Min Han

Differential Equations
Theron Calkins, Jeff Chen

Arithmetic and Algebra Review
Jennifer Mally

Introduction to Linear Algebra
Kendall Hopkins, Steven Oxley

Calculus II
Luis Garibay

Mathematics Modeling in Biology
Theron Calkins

Calculus I
Claudia Kim, Lynda Lee, Erica Evans, Daniel Colon, Woo Jong Jang

Elementary Statistics
Carrie Blankenmyer, Naomi Behnke, Hadassah Consuegra, Lana Vulicevic

Arithmetic and Algebra Review
Bertha Iancu, Annelisa Sokolies, Yvette Tennison, Jill Bush

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Funeral Services for Denroy Black

Above everything else, 46-year-old Denroy Black was a committed father to his three children and a devoted son to his Heavenly Father. On Thursday, April 15, Denroy was driving home from his construction job to be with his children, 12-year-old Denique, 10-year-old Denoi and 5-year-old Denalia so his wife, Marvelyn, could go to her nursing shift at Lakeland Hospital. It was at the intersection of Shawnee and Garr Roads where a three-car crash suddenly took Denroy’s life shortly after 4 p.m. He died at the scene.

A native of West Mooreland, Jamaica, Denroy was born in 1963 to Murdina and Hezekiah Black. He was the baby of the family, joining siblings Pauline, Ransford, Errol and Monica. Denroy’s father died when he was young, leading him to be very independent at a young age. At 15, he began financing his own education, something he continued to do throughout secondary school, college at West Indies University (now Northern Caribbean University) and then at Andrews University. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1991 and an Associate of Science in 1996, both from Northern Caribbean University.

In 1993, he began as an intern pastor with the Montego Bay Seventh-day Adventist Church in the West Jamaica Conference. The following year, he was given a circuit of nine churches, serving as the senior pastor for all nine churches. During his years of ministry in Jamaica, he was known for being a very committed pastor. After learning of his death, one of his church members called Marvelyn to say no one visited shut-ins, cared for his family or counseled with his people like Pastor Black. Marvelyn says, “I didn’t know he was such a respected man until he died.”

In 1996, Denroy married his college sweetheart, Marvelyn. The couple continued to work in ministry and soon their first child, daughter Denique, joined the family. “It was such a blessing to our family,” says Marvelyn.

The young family transitioned to a new pastoral assignment that again had Denroy as senior pastor over nine churches. But as much as he loved ministry, he felt called to study. “He chose to study at Andrews University. He had always wanted to study here,” says Marvelyn.

In August 1999, Denroy, a very-pregnant Marvelyn and 1½ year old Denique came to Berrien Springs. Just two weeks after arriving, their son, Denoi, was born. “I don’t know how we did it but God had ordained for us to come here,” she says. “He (Denroy) trusted in God. We didn’t have money or stuff like that. I feel God brought him through this because it is not an ordinary thing to go right up to your ThD without some divine intervention.”

Denroy completed his master’s in religion at Andrews in 2002 and immediately turned his focus to completing his ThD. He loved books and spent hours in study, but he would bring his research—and stacks of books—home so he could be close to his children. Denroy was a scholar at heart and he strived to teach his children the habits of a good scholar. “Every single night, he is the one who made sure the children finished their assignments. He had a dream for them, for college.”

The Black family was looking forward to having more time together once Denroy completed his education. They were planning a road trip for after his August 2010 graduation. “He loved his kids so much,” says Marvelyn. “He cared for them when they were sick and every day he made sure they took a multivitamin. His children are looking forward to seeing him again when Jesus comes.”

Denroy wasn’t sure what his post-graduation life would hold, but was committed to going anywhere the Lord led. “He was working to finish his dissertation and in that paper, he found God,” says Marvelyn. “He was a changed person. There was something different about him.”

“I’m still questioning ‘why?’ But I know God is too kind to be cruel,” says Marvelyn. “It’s a lot of pain, so much pain but we’re still holding fast to His promise that He will never leave His people alone. Everything looks so sad and dreary, but I’m holding onto hope. And my children are holding on to that same hope, too.”

Funeral Services
The viewing for Denroy Black will be held on Sunday, April 25 from noon-2 p.m. at Pioneer Memorial Church. The funeral begins at 2 p.m. A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, April 26 at Rosehill Cemetery in Berrien Springs. The funeral will be available for viewing via live streaming video at mms://

Contributions to the family can be made to the Seminary Emergency Scholarship Fund by making checks payable to Andrews University and sending them to Seminary Dean’s office.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Death of an Andrews University Student

It is with great sadness we share news of the death of Andrews University student Denroy Black. Denroy, a ThD student in the Seminary, died at the scene of an afternoon car crash today (Thursday, April 15) at Shawnee and Garr Roads in Berrien Springs. No other Andrews students were involved in the crash. Denroy was an international student from Jamaica. His dissertation was scheduled for July 2010. Denroy is survived by his wife, Marvelyn Williams Black, and their three children.

Additional information, including memorial and funeral information, will be shared as it becomes available.

Please join your University family in prayer as we mourn the loss of Denroy Black.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

New BEST Video, A Passion for Research: Inspiring High School Students, Launched

For most of the last decade, a poster of TaMira Jennings and Damon Travis has been on display just outside of Lula Lee’s Benton Harbor City Commission door—across the hall from the Mayor’s office. To some it may be just another poster, just another picture of two Benton Harbor High School students. However, to Desmond Murray, assistant professor of chemistry at Andrews University, there are almost 10 years of meaning in that poster. Now, upon releasing his latest video about early research participation in March on YouTube, Murray remembers Jennings and Travis as the first high school students in his summer research program back in 2001.

Back then the program, formed in collaboration with a grassroots Benton Harbor organization, was called Benton Harbor Science Initiative. Today, it is a non-profit organization known as Building Excellence in Science and Technology (BEST), which has been actively involved in providing southwest Michigan students, high school and college, with early research opportunities in keeping with its motto of People First, Innovate Early. Research projects have targeted synthesis of antibacterials, dyes, fragrances, environmentally friendlier pesticides and sensors for chemical warfare agents, agricultural pollutants and other toxic agents.

BEST apprentices have presented their research findings at national scientific meetings and their work has been displayed in Berkeley, California and Paris, France. Also, three BEST students were recently published in February as co-authors on a research paper about sensors for toxic organophosphate pesticides. Two of these are Andrews students: Ken Fletcher, a 2010 chemistry graduating senior and Keith Campbell, a 2005 biology alumni.

The recently released video–A Passion for Research: Inspiring High School Students–features Wen-Ting Ong, Berrien Springs High School ’07; Rachel Skibbe, Eau Claire High School ’07; and Nikia Davis, Benton Harbor High School ‘07. They were students in Murray’s 2007 grade 12 Math Science Center class, which was recognized as a finalist in the Business Review’s Innovation Michigan Exposition in Grand Rapids, Mich. All three students are now juniors attending college: Ong is at Andrews University, while Davis and Skibbe are at Michigan State University.

“Dr. Murray has demonstrated in this video how researchers can have a large impact on young people by engaging them in research experiences, stimulating their curiosity and building their confidence. This video will also be a valuable tool in sharing this successful model to other researchers across the country and encouraging them to develop programs that engage young people at an early age,” said Sandra Welch, program director for the Informal Science Education program at the National Science Foundation.

Murray has received research funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the American Chemical Society (ACS) and from ACS Project SEED to support these opportunities over the years. He also partnered with local organizations, such as, St. Joseph Valley ACS Chapter, Benton Harbor Youth Works and Michigan Works in direct support of student remuneration.

After viewing the YouTube video, James H. Hageman, associate vice chancellor for research at the University of Colorado, Denver said, “This is based on a large and continuous effort over the years on Murray’s part. I have shared this with a large group of science-educator faculty at UC Denver as well as former colleagues at New Mexico State University.”

Joseph Francisco, 2010 president of the American Chemical Society and the William E. Moore Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at Purdue University, remarked “It is these grassroots efforts that lead to long-lasting, positive change and long-term investment in young people for the sciences. Well done!”

In the early years of providing opportunities for area students to do authentic cutting-edge research, Murray would often personally drive to and from Benton Harbor to bring the students to his lab in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry. This was done voluntarily by Murray, without cost—administrative, travel or otherwise—to any agency or organization. Murray said, “This was and continues to be a labor of love. My life mission is to provide opportunities in research, discovery and innovation for those who, for various reasons, have usually been left out. My effort comes from my core belief that all God’s children should participate in and contribute to one of humanity’s greatest adventures–the scientific enterprise.”

The video, which was funded by a 2007 grant awarded to Murray by the National Science Foundation’s Communicating Research To Public Audiences program, can be viewed at
More about BEST
Building Excellence in Science and Technology (BEST), People First, Innovate Early, is a Berrien County-based, science-education, nonprofit organization that advocates for and provides early research participation opportunities for high school and college students. Its founding CEO is assistant professor Desmond H. Murray in the Andrews University Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry. Additional information can be obtained by contacting or 269-757-1641.

Dean of School of Graduate Studies & Research Announced

The search committee for the dean of School of Graduate Studies & Research has completed its work, which the president has accepted. Subsequently, we have extended an invitation to Christon Arthur, currently associate dean of the College of Education at Tennessee State University. He has accepted our invitation and should be arriving on campus in late June or early July. We look forward to his arrival and believe this full-time position will strengthen our graduate programs.



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