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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 LifeChurch.tv, 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 www.howard.andrews.edu.

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:
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/D2Lopinion

TurnItIn
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

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

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 mdiv-msw@andrews.edu 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.


Sincerely,
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.

TurnItIn
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.

Softchalk
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 dlit@andrews.edu.

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

TurnItIn
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.

Softchalk

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
269-471-3960
dlit@andrews.edu
www.andrews.edu/dlit

 

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:

Precalculus
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://livestream.andrews.edu/video.

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 www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3gQU6pUQSI.
 
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 murrayd@bestearly.com 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.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Andrews University Team Wins Regional SIFE Competition

The Andrews University Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team were named regional champions at the annual SIFE competition held at the Hyatt O’Hare Hotel in Rosemont, Ill. on Thursday, April 8, 2010. As a result, they are eligible to participate in the National Competition to be held in Minneapolis May 11-13, 2010.

The team presented the projects they had successfully completed this year before more than a dozen industry judges. Projects included, among others: “Teach a Student about Business” and the “Moving Forward in Style” programs conducted at the Fairplain Alternative Academy in Benton Harbor; computer training as part of the Bridges to Digital Excellence program in Benton Harbor; a business plan for I-SEE (an organization that provides low cost eye glasses for start-up businesses in developing countries); and participation in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) project which helps low-income individuals in Berrien County prepare their annual state and federal taxes at no cost.

This year’s SIFE team that went to competition consisted of Daniel Tyron (AU SIFE President), Chible Coleman, Crystal Giem, Anthony Jones, Timothy McWilliams, Angela Rollins, Noel Salgado, Jessica Wilson, and Nicole Wortham. They were assisted by SIFE faculty advisors, Ann Gibson, professor of accounting, and Charles Tidwell, professor of English.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Andrews Students to Receive Michigan Campus Compact Award

April 5, 2010 – Lansing, Mich.–Michigan Campus Compact (MCC) is pleased to announce two students from Andrews University will be awarded for their dedication and commitment to community service during the 14th annual Outstanding Student Service Awards, April 10, 2010, at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center in East Lansing, Mich.

Each year, MCC awards students from member colleges and universities across the state for their outstanding commitment to service-learning and civic engagement. Three types of awards are given: the Outstanding Community Impact Award, the Commitment to Service Award, and the Heart and Soul Award. Awardees were selected from a nomination pool of nearly 900 students. This year, 192 students from 34 member campuses will receive awards.

Filip Milosaveljevic will receive the Commitment to Service Award. This award is given to one student per member campus in the state of Michigan for their commitment to community service. Only 34 students will receive this award.

Mary Cregan will receive the Heart and Soul Award. This award is given to students to recognize their time, effort and personal commitment through service.

MCC will honor all award recipients at an awards brunch on April 10, 2010, at the Kellogg Center in East Lansing from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Michigan Campus Compact is a coalition of college and university presidents who are committed to fulfilling the public purpose of higher education. We promote the education and commitment of Michigan college students to be civically engaged citizens, through creating and expanding academic, co-curricular and campus-wide opportunities for community service, service-learning and civic engagement. For more information, please visit www.micampuscompact.org.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Easter Passion Play 2010

This year, nearly 800 student, staff, faculty and community volunteers presented the 7th annual Easter Passion Play at Andrews University. Under the direction of Richard Parke, event director, nearly 6,000 guests walked through our campus as they witnessed a portrayal of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Memory, Meaning & Faith Adds to Thoughtful Discussion in Adventist Blogging

Memory, Meaning & Faith, www.andrews.edu/go/memorymeaningfaith, a new blog focused on Christian history in light of contemporary issues, will officially launch on Friday, March 19. Sponsored by the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University, this blog seeks to make the benefits of Seminary research more easily accessible to both lay persons and academics with the goal of refining thinking through broad-based dialogue in order to strengthen the faithful life of the mind within the Adventist and broader Christian community.

This blog was the vision of Nicholas Miller and John Reeve, who both teach in the Department of Church History at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary. They envisioned a place on the Internet where church members could interact with Seminary professors across the broad range of topics related to history and theology. “We want to add to thoughtful, faithful discussion in the Adventist blogging community and become a hub of thoughtful, faithful online historical discussion,” says blog co-founder Nicholas Miller.

Miller and Reeve invited Roy Gane, a professor of Hebrew Bible and ancient near eastern languages; Martin Hanna, associate professor of historical theology; and Teresa Reeve, assistant professor of New Testament contexts, to join them in becoming regular contributors to Memory, Meaning & Faith.

Together, this team of scholars will blog on cutting edge topics in their fields by drawing from their current research interests. “Our aim is to strengthen faith while critiquing and discussing historical and theological ideas,” says blog co-founder John Reeve.

Each contributor, writing on a rotating schedule, will generate two posts each week made up of a quote from a historical source with discussion questions and an 800-1200 word post addressing a historical topic and its contemporary application. The contributors plan to engage in vigorous discussion with those who comment on their post while at the same time maintaining an atmosphere of courtesy and respect. The blog holds several values in high regard: Christian faith, scripture, scholarship, respectful dialogue, inquiry, intellectual honesty, relevance and love.

In celebration of Memory, Meaning & Faith’s launch, books by the blog’s main contributors will be given away to some of the first individuals who visit www.andrews.edu/go/memorymeaningfaith and then either become a fan on Facebook, a follower on Twitter or sign up for the newsletter. For conference, union or division ministerial directors who refer their pastors to Memory, Meaning & Faith and cc’s memorymeaningfaith@gmail.com, one of the first 50 to do so will receive a copy of Shadow of the Shekinah by Roy Gane. For college or university religion or theology department chairs or professors who refer their students and cc’s memorymeaningfaith@gmail.com, one of the first 50 to do so will receive Cosmic Christ of Scripture by Martin Hanna. Additional giveaway information is available by visiting www.andrews.edu/go/memorymeaningfaith and clicking on the “Giveaway” tab.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

New Initiatives in Fitness Education

Andrews University is about to get a little bit fitter. Starting in the fall of 2010, the Department of Nutrition & Wellness will begin offering a Bachelor of Science in Health & Fitness and a Bachelor of Health Science in Wellness. Read more.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Focus Feature Highlights Andrea Luxton

Interested in learning more about Andrea Luxton, the incoming provost at Andrews University? In the Fall 2005 issue of Focus, a feature article highlights Luxton’s worldwide leadership credentials. Visit www.andrews.edu/focus and open the Fall 2005 issue. The feature begins on page 16.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Nutrition Research Update Goes Digital

The Nutrition Research Update, published by the Department of Nutrition & Wellness, has gone digital! Due to rising paper costs, this 20-year-old publication recently transitioned from hard copy to electronic. Now, you can always access the latest issue of The Nutrition Research Update by visiting the Department of Nutrition & Wellness website and clicking on the “Nutrition Research Update” tab.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

AU Students United for Haiti Benefit Concert Raises over $2,000

AU Students United for Haiti, a group of several campus clubs united to support a single cause, raised a little over $2,000 at the Benefit Concert for Haiti held Sunday, March 7, in the Howard Performing Arts Center.

“Nearly 400 people attended and it was a nice mix of students, staff, faculty and community members,” said Louise Albert, a lead organizer of the event. “It was plain to see everyone there truly cared about those affected by the earthquake in Haiti.”

A number of campus talents including Alison Brooks and Justin Davis, along with Living Springs Fellowship Choir from Berrien Springs and Heavenly Harmony from Alabama, joined together for this diverse musical concert. The Deliverance Mass Choir (pictured) along with special guest artists performed Are You Listening: A Love Song for Haiti by singer/songwriter Kirk Franklin.

To date, AU Students United for Haiti has raised more than $10,000, which will be divided between their $10,000 fundraising goal for ADRA for Haiti and the fund to benefit the families of Haitian students at Andrews University who lost family members and/or property in the Haiti earthquake.

AU Students United for Haiti is a joint initiative of the Hispanic Association of the Seminary, Bringing Youth to Christ, Graduate Student Association, New Life Fellowship, Parlé Club, Black Student Association of the Seminary, Caribbean Club and Seminary Student Forum.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Building Projects Approved

For the next couple of years, the sounds of construction will ring through the heart of the Andrews University campus. This week, the Andrews University Board of Trustees voted and unanimously approved a finance and construction plan for three major building projects: Buller Hall, Nethery Hall and a new residence hall. Read more.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

New Provost Appointed

Following a vote by the Andrews University Board of Trustees, President Niels-Erik Andreasen has announced the appointment of Andrea Luxton as the new provost at Andrews University. Read more.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

2010 Faculty-Staff Awards Presented

The 2010 Faculty-Staff Service Awards Celebration was held Monday, March 1, in the Howard Performing Arts Center. At this annual event, faculty and staff members who reach a milestone in their Andrews career are honored with a Years-of-Service Award. The Excellence in Service Awards, Spiritual Life Award and Daniel Augsburger Awards for Excellence in Teaching are also presented. Read more.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Journey Toward Intimacy Offers Couples An Opportunity for Growth

By J.B. McMillen

Over 50 couples participated in the Journey Toward Intimacy marriage retreat held Jan. 22-23 in the Garber Auditorium of Chan Shun Hall. Presented by Willie Oliver, director of NAD Family Ministries, and his wife Elaine, the marriage retreat was specifically designed and focused on the nurturing and strengthening of marriages, both well-established and just “starting out.”

“I was impressed by how many important topics and interactive sessions the Olivers could fit into one weekend! I had a fun time with my wife at every meeting, and we got to talk about some things we have needed to discuss but hadn't found the time or motivation to do so,” lauded seminarian David Hamstra. “My wife and I have made several improvements to our marriage as a result of what we experienced, and I consider the Journey Toward Intimacy time well spent.”

Journey Toward Intimacy is one of several community-wide events hosted by the Department of Religious Education at the Seventh-Day Adventist Theological Seminary on the campus of Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan. This summer, July 16-17, 2010, is Family Celebration Sabbath. It’s a weekend of affirming family life and values. For more information on Journey Toward Intimacy, Family Celebration Sabbath, and/or the variety of academic offerings through the Department of Religious Education, call 269-471-6186 or visit www.growingdisciples.info.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Korean Teachers 'Immersed' at Andrews

Korean Teachers "Immersed" at Andrews
For four weeks during January and February, the Andrews University Center for Intensive English opened its doors to 34 elementary, middle-school and secondary education language arts teachers from Korea. Read more.

Friday, February 19, 2010

When Big Artists were Little Kids Exhibit and Book Signing

Reception and book signing, Thursday, Feb. 25, 6-7:30 p.m.

What was Monet’s nickname? Why did Seurat paint with dots? The real answers—accompanied by imaginative childhood tales—are explained in When Big Artists were Little Kids, a new children’s book by Greg Constantine, research professor emeritus of art and artist-in-residence at Andrews University. A book signing and exhibit of seven pairs of original watercolor illustrations from the book and eight acrylic paintings will be exhibited at Andrews University’s Art & Design Gallery in Smith Hall in Berrien Springs, Mich., beginning with a reception and book signing on Thursday, Feb. 25, from 6–7:30 pm.

Constantine’s latest children’s book was inspired by his own beginnings as an artist. Released in November 2009 by Edgecliff Press, When Big Artists Were Little Kids is for middle readers (ages 7–12). It depicts 17 famous artists, from Leonardo to Warhol, as little kids. Constantine uses a combination of the artists’ real biographical incidents and his own imagination to tell the stories. On one side of the spread, the book depicts an incident from the artist’s childhood, and on the facing page it shows how that may have influenced their adult work.

“It’s good to be somewhat informed about what the artist ultimately achieved, and if not, you will learn even if you don’t realize it,” said Constantine. “So there’s a certain amount of education involved.” The book includes simple questions on each page for children to answer by looking at the pictures, promoting the learning experience.

Constantine crafted all of the watercolor illustrations in the 36-page book himself and then wrote the stories to go with them.

Constantine taught painting, drawing and art history at Andrews University for 46 years. He has published three books containing his drawings and paintings infused with sophisticated humor. Constantine exhibited this artwork in over 62 shows, many in New York, and some internationally.

Born in Windsor, Ontario, Canada to parents who emigrated from Romania, Constantine recalls as a child filling all his workbooks with more drawings than schoolwork. This became such a problem that pencils and paper were taken from him in order to focus his attention on the necessary academic subjects. Eventually, however, art survived and prospered in his life as he boldly broke into gallery exhibiting in New York and beyond.

The 8.5” x 11” book can be previewed and purchased online from the publisher’s website.

Gallery exhibit hours are 9 a.m.–6 p.m., Sunday–Friday, Feb. 25–March 14. After this exhibit closes March 14, it will travel to New York City’s Tribeca district for an exhibit and book signing on March 21.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Fall 2009 Dean's List Announced

Andrews University has announced the names of undergraduate students appearing on the dean's list for fall semester 2009. Read more. 

Friday, January 15, 2010

Andrews Mobilizing Haitian Relief Effort

Andrews University is mobilizing resources to respond to the Haitian earthquake victims located both in Haiti and here on the Andrews campus in Berrien Springs. Read more.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

2009-10 Howard Center Presents

Featuring a vast offering of musical genres, the Howard Performing Arts Center’s 2009–10 concert series Howard Center Presents … will include Christian and classical performing artists, including Brandon Heath, Vienna Boys Choir and Soweto Gospel Choir. Read full story.

Monday, March 30, 2009

6th Annual Easter Passion Play

Easter celebrations have never been more life-changing. Join Andrews University for the sixth annual Easter Passion Play on Saturday, April 11, for the experience of a lifetime: an interactive indoor/outdoor walk-through play depicting the Passion of Christ. Read full story.

Celebration of Research

"We want the campus, especially the students, to realize how important the opportunities for students and faculty to grow as creative, productive scholars really are," says John Stout, dean of research/creative scholarship. Read full story.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

HLC Accreditation On-Site Visit

Countdown to the Higher Learning Commission Accreditation On-site Visit. Read full story.

45th Annual International Food Fair

About 20 campus clubs representing traditions from around the world will come together on Sunday, March 29, for the 45th annual International Food Fair at the Johnson Gym on the campus of Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Mich. Read full story.

Monday, March 9, 2009

LaBianca Elected to Post at ASOR

Øystein S. LaBianca, professor of anthropology in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and associate director of the Institute of Archaeology at Andrews University, was recently elected to serve as vice president for Archaeological Research and Policy (CAP) at the American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR). Read full story.

2009 Faculty and Staff Awards Presented

The 2009 Faculty & Staff Service Awards Presentation took place Monday, March 2, at 7 p.m. in the Howard Performing Arts Center. Read full story.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

VGPS Install Recycling Bins

Recycling on campus is about to get easier thanks to grant from the Berrien County Resource Recovery (BCRR) office. Read full story.

Tuned into Discovering God's Love

“I want to give the Lord Jesus thanks for your radio program,” wrote Keisha, who listens to CMRadio. “This evening’s program and the exhortation have touched my heart. It almost seems as if I was expressing these same words.” Read full story.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Barry Black Speaking at Andrews

Rear Admiral Barry C. Black (Ret.), chaplain for the United States Senate and alumnus of Andrews University, is coming to Berrien Springs, Mich., on Saturday, Feb. 21, 2009. Read full story.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Textbooks Going Paperless

For students at Andrews University, the catch phrase "going green" carries significant meaning. Read full story.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Service in a Suitcase

“Seek Knowledge. Affirm Faith. Change the World.” A Christian perspective for affecting positive change in the world is a big reason why many students come to study at Andrews University. Read full story.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

King's Singers in Concert

In celebration of the ensemble’s 40-year anniversary, the King’s Singers will perform a special President’s Day concert on Monday, Feb. 16, 2009, at 7 p.m. in the Howard Performing Arts Center at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Mich. Read full story.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Students Lead Week of Spiritual Emphasis

Derrick Nelson, the featured Week of Spiritual Emphasis speaker, is the religious vice-president for the Andrews University Student Association (AUSA). Read full story.

Fall 2008 Dean's List Announced

Andrews University has announced the names of undergraduate students appearing on the dean's list for fall semester 2008. Read full story.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Mark Lowry Coming to the Howard Center

Mark Lowry, former baritone member of Gaither Vocal Band and the author of Mary, Did You Know?, is performing an evening of entertainment on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2009, at 7 p.m. at the Howard Performing Arts Center at Andrews University in Berrien Springs. Read full story.

Monday, January 12, 2009

The New Face of Poverty

In an effort to bring identity and understanding to a growing global crisis, Andrews University faculty, staff and students honored the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with “The New Face of Poverty”: a week-long event from Jan. 17−23, 2009. Read full story.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra in Concert

Michigan’s third largest professional orchestra, the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, will make a tour stop at the Howard Performing Arts Center on Sunday, January 18, 2009 at 3:00 p.m. Read full story.

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