Monday, April 20, 2015

Eau Claire Church Service for April 25

Sabbath Speaker: Jiri Moskala
Sermon Title: The God of Jacob: Wrestling with God
Church Service 10:50 a.m.
Sabbath School  9:15 a.m.

Stroke Awareness Class

Stroke Awareness Class Scheduled for Niles, Coloma, and Benton Harbor

(ST. JOSEPH) – In honor of American Stroke Month, Lakeland Health is offering free “Stroke 101” classes this May. Participants will learn all about strokes, including risk factors, ways to decrease your risk, and the warning signs of stroke. The presentation will also discuss the importance of early treatment by calling 9-1-1.
                According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the fourth-leading cause of death and the leading preventable cause of disability in the United States. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds, and about 795,000 people have a stroke each year.  The good news is that stroke is largely preventable, treatable, and beatable.


Friday, May 1
12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Salvation Army, Niles 
424 N. 15th Street

Tuesday, May 5
12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
North Berrien Senior Center, Coloma
6648 Ryno Road

Tuesday, May 12
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Benton Harbor Public Library
213 E. Wall Street

Preregistration is required. To learn more or to register, call (269) 556-2808 or (866) 260-7544. Visit or find Lakeland Health on Facebook or Twitter for more classes and events.

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AU Bookstore De-Stress Event

Wednesday, April 22
1–3 p.m.

Stressing for finals? Come to the bookstore for a De-Stress event. Enjoy cookies, puzzles, paraffin hand dips, free gifts and more! Don't let finals stress you out.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

James White Library Extended Hours

Extended hours at the James White Library begin Sunday, April 19, and are as follows:

Sunday, April 19              1–11:30 p.m.
Mon–Thurs April 20–23    8 a.m.–11:30 p.m.
Friday, April 24                 8 a.m.–3 p.m.

Sunday, April 26              1–11:30 p.m.
Mon–Thurs April 27–30   8 a.m.–11:30 p.m.
Friday, May 1                  8 a.m.–3 p.m.

The library will be closed to all patrons on Sunday, May 3, for graduation.

Intersession hours will begin on Monday, May 4, at 10 a.m. Intersession hours are Monday to Thursday, May 4–7, 10 a.m.–7 p.m.  Friday, May 8, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

Regular hours resume Sunday, May 10, at 1 p.m.

G.P.S. Presents: "A Conversation With An Imam"

Location: Newbold Auditorium

Date: Saturday, April 18, 6 p.m.

Alternate Spring Break for Andrews Student

Lianne Wynne, a sophomore social work major, was recently invited to Washington D.C. to participate in an alternative spring break by United Way. The “Alternate Spring Break” program is sponsored in partnership with Kimberly-Clark Corporation, and provides an opportunity for 25 young women who are leaders from college campuses across the country to join together for a week of service and advocacy.

The week-long event was held in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area, and afforded Wynne an opportunity to learn about and participate in events focused on critical issues for women such as human trafficking, STEM education for girls, women and girls’ health, women’s leadership and more.

Wynne, who is minoring in leadership, says that United Way’s Alternate Spring Break program was influential in helping her decide how to employ her talents and passions to empower women. Having previous experience with Girls On The Run and working with United Way of Southwest Michigan won her over.

“For a long time I’ve been trying to figure out what I wanted to do and what population I wanted to work with and it’s slowly coming to me. Several professors have told me that they believe I’d be great in advocacy and I’ve always ran away from it. I’m trying not to anymore. I’m becoming curious about my abilities in that area.”

As part of the program, Wynne got to spend time with other driven and brilliant college-aged women carrying out service projects and advocating for policy change on Capitol Hill. When asked what her favorite memories include she recalls, “having dynamic conversations with these brilliant girls from around the country and the world, and bonding with the program director, Lauri Valerio.”

“The most rewarding part would have to be getting a realistic, hands-on experience, even though it was in the smallest capacity, in advocacy. I have a better understanding of what it takes to effect change, and how long it can take. This was also great for me because, as a social work major, working in the realm of social policy and advocacy was something that I wanted to explore and find out if it was right for me. This experience made things a lot clearer and I have a more solid idea of what exactly I’m interested in.”

While Wynne fondly reminiscences about her experience, she also admits that it was largely a surprise to be selected for the program because of the limited number of annual participants.

“Alternate Spring Break wasn’t even on my radar until the day before the deadline. I was scrolling through Facebook and saw United Way out of the corner of my eye. When I looked it said something about spring break and I clicked it because I had worked with United Way doing research for Girls On the Run and I was just really curious. I read through it and thought that it sounded really awesome! When I started reading, it said that they would only select 25 women! I thought that was a small number compared to the many that might apply. I wasn’t so sure I’d be selected! But, I thought it wouldn’t hurt [to apply].”

Wynne brings an interesting perspective to her advocacy, and one that she thinks might have set her apart from other possible candidates. When asked what she thought was more important to empowering women, service or public policy, she chose service.

“I thought service was fundamental to informing public policy. From a social work perspective, being intimate with the issues at hand and practicing in communities allows us to experience firsthand whether or not these policies are effective. Sometimes things may be great on paper, but in practice they can be problematic. I also thought that service gives a more immediate effect with regards to observable change in the lives of these women…”

“So, long story short? I love the opportunity to be able to serve. I love being able to make someone’s life a little better, and this experience is definitely that opportunity. I want to cause and facilitate change! I want to get involved.”

By Samuel James Fry, IMC student writer

International Students Featured at Special Services

On Saturday, March 21, Andrews University held its annual International Student Sabbath at Pioneer Memorial Church. As the second most ethnically diverse national university in the United States, Andrews enjoys hosting students from 92 countries around the world.

Special services at 9 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. recognized the unique contribution these students make toward the Andrews experience. The Office of International Student Services & Programs (ISSP) presented videos, musical numbers and readings by international students.

One of the videos included clips of students from around the world offering a tiny glimpse into their experiences at Andrews. Comments included:

“It’s very diverse here, similar to where I’m from. I appreciate that.”
“I feel welcome on this campus.”
“It’s been a blessing to be a part of Andrews University and get to know people from all different parts of the world.”
“Being able to attend classes with and get to know people from around the world, I see things with new perspective.”
“Andrews University is open-minded. You get to see the world here.”

One student even gave a shout-out to ISSP in the video: “People here are warm no matter what the temperature, and the International Student Services staff are very supportive. They’re always checking in to make sure things are going alright.”

While Andrews may seem like a good home away from home for many international students, it’s not always easy being so far from the familiar. The video also highlighted some of the challenges students face coming from very different backgrounds and cultures to the U.S.

These challenges include weather, misunderstanding cultural norms, food, language, living arrangements—living with other people in the dorm—being lonely and missing home, conflicts between thoughts and ethics across cultural lines, among other things.

A second video featured personal experence stories from President Andreasen and Provost Luxton, both of whom arrived at Andrews as international citizens.

“I came here many years ago and was quite overwhelmed by what I found at Andrews,” began Andreasen. “Things are not the same here as they are in Denmark. I had to figure out how to find my classes and a place to live, figure out what to eat and how to make friends. I’d always attended a small church and this one is quite large. I enjoyed it, though, and was blessed by it. I hope that is your experience as well.”

During the Sabbath program, several students presented cultural elements from their own countries of origin. Kolia Afamasaga, Seminary student and a Samoan living in Australia, gave the congregational prayer.
“It was a privilege for me to represent my country,” he says. “I was able to display the Samoan Talking Chief role of speaking on behalf of his clan and village on an important occasion.”

Although Afamasaga chose to pray in English rather than his mother tongue, he still was glad to demonstrate his native culture before he began to pray.

Sonovia Mcfall, a first-year graduate student in speech-language pathology from The Bahamas, “felt honored to be used in whatever way possible to lift up the name of Jesus.”

“The purpose of International Student Sabbath is to celebrate the fact that we are created equally to worship our Creator God no matter our background,” says Robert Benjamin, director ISSP. “We add a beautiful variety to our worship experience that showcases our diversity, but focus on coming together as one people to give us a small taste of what heaven will be like.”

The provost shared her own great experience at Andrews, even as different as it is from her home in England. She spoke specifically about the positive worship experience and environment at Andrews.

“Particularly on a Sabbath like this, when we’re celebrating international students on our campus, it’s important to remember that God is at the center of what we do,” she said. “It doesn’t matter where we’re from, we’re of great value to God and therefore of great value to each other.”

Andreasen went on to share thoughts on how the Andrews experience removes the labels of “international” and “national” but instead creates an extended and expanded family.

“I like to imagine that students who graduate from Andrews and move on will never meet a stranger,” he said. “That they’ve learned to view other people as God’s children.”

Luxton concluded, “When we worship together, pray together and study together, we enrich each other because of our backgrounds, individualities and languages. That’s what it is to be at Andrews University.”

By Becky St. Clair, Media Communications Manager, Integrated Marketing & Communication

Student Movement seeks **Jeremy Phillip

The Student Movement is searching for a person who used the pseudonym Jeremy Phillip to write a letter to the editor that was published on November 4, 1992. 

They have some questions they would like to ask you for their upcoming centennial issue, out April 22.  If you are said person, please contact Joelle Arner at  

Your information will be kept confidential. 

Thank you!

Wind Symphony Spring Concert

Sunday, April 19, 4 p.m.
Howard Performing Arts Center

The Wind Symphony will perform a Michigan premier of "For Those Who Wait" by Gregory Youtz and "Connacht Rhapsody" by David Holsinger, both selections were jointly commissioned by Andrews University and other universities.

The program will also feature "March Grandioso" by Roland Seitz, Movement 5 from "English Dances, Set 2" by Malcom Arnold, Symphonic Highlights from “Frozen” arranged by Stephen Bulla, "Three Dances" from Henry VIII by Edward German. The program will also feature guest tuba soloist, Roger Lewis, performing "Introduction and Dance" by Ed. Barat and the unaccompanied 2nd Movement from "Sonata in A Moll for Flute" by C.P.E. Bach.

The AU Jazz Ensemble will also perform "Pecking Order" by Kris Berg, "Bling" by Andy Farber, and "Second Line" arr. by Victor L. Goins.

General admission is $5, student and senior admission is $3 and children under 12 are free. Purchase tickets online or call the Howard Center Box Office at 888-467-6442 for student discounts and more information.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Starter Plants for Sale

Andrews Student Gardens is offering spring starter plants for sale at Smith Hall from 8–10 a.m. on Sunday, April 19, 2015. Crops include kale, swiss chard, mustard greens, collard greens, basil, oregano, sage, etc.

Eau Claire for April 18

Eau Claire SDA Church
6562 Naomi Road
Eau Claire, MI 49111

Sabbath Speaker: Pastor Ted Toms
Sermon Title:  Something to Talk About

Church Service 10:50 am
Sabbath School  9:15 am

Farewell Reception for Brent Geraty

Date: Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Time: 3–5 p.m.
Location: Howard Performing Arts Center Lobby

You are invited to join us to celebrate Brent’s 15 years of service to Andrews University as its legal counsel, corporation secretary, pre-law advisor and part-time faculty member in the Department of History & Political Science. For the past four and a half years, Brent also served as chair of the Andrews Academy Governing Board. He is the third generation of Geratys to serve Andrews University and Adventist education with distinction. Brent and his family are relocating to Southern California where he will serve as general counsel at the University of Redlands.

Come wish him and his family well at this come-and-go reception.

University Garden Plots 2015

Retirement Celebration for Bonnie Proctor

Date: Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Time: 3:30–5:30 p.m.
Location: Administration Building, Room 307

The School of Graduate Studies & Research invites you to join them in wishing Bonnie Proctor well as she retires. Bonnie Proctor has been the dissertation secretary for Andrews University since 1991. Her dedication and service for the last 20+ years have been greatly appreciated and she will be missed.

This will be a come-and-go reception with a farewell program from 4–4:30 p.m.

Hope to see you there!

Faculty Brainstorming Session

Faculty: Are you passionate about professional development? Do you have ideas of activities that could enhance the professional development of faculty here on campus? Are you excited about the possibility of connecting with other faculty members as you continue to explore ways of enhancing the learning experience?

The Office of Human Resources, Department of Teaching, Learning & Curriculum, and Effective Teaching and Learning Council invite you to a "come-and-go" brainstorming session during lunch on Tuesday, April 21, from 11:30 a.m.–2 p.m. in the Lincoln Room at the Campus Center. You are invited to come and join us as we brainstorm ideas for faculty professional development for this coming year. 

RSVP by sending an email to, and be sure to include your name, ID#, email address, and the department where you teach.

PMC Family Vespers: Media on the Brain

Saturday, April 18
7:30 p.m.
PMC Youth Chapel
Guest speaker: Scott Ritsema

We see it all around us. Hollywood, popular music, TV, video gaming, spectator sports, e-relationships, and pornography are saturating the lives of God's proefssed people. But what does the latest science say about the mind-altering efects of 21st century media? And what is the spiritual agenda in the entertainment and advertising industries?

AU x ALTSO Thank You

On behalf of the AU Marathon Team and A Leg to Stand On (ALTSO), we want to thank you so much for your generous donations in support of our Marathon/Half Marathon on April 12. We were able to raise over $2,400 towards our fundraising goal! This will help nine children receive prosthetic devices who otherwise wouldn't be able to stand, let alone walk, and it's all because of you. On behalf of them, and of us, thank you!

Here is a link to a short video with pictures re-capping our marathon weekend:

Thank you again!

AU x ALTSO Marathon Team

Here's a link to the full album of pictures, just in case you want to see more.

Cuba Study Tour Report

Hear touching stories and see amazing pictures of the spring break 2015 Cuba mission trip at the Stevensville SDA Church on Sabbath April 25, at 11 a.m. See firsthand how God used our missionaries and their evangelistic efforts to reach the people of communist Cuba as well as how the bikes and tablets changed the lives of hundreds of people.

Presentation of Festschrift to George Knight

Dr. George R. Knight - Festschrift

Please join Andrews University for the presentation of a festschrift to George Knight in honor of his distinguished teaching, research, editorial and publishing career.

The recently released book, "Adventist Maverick: A Celebration of George Knight’s Contribution to Adventist Thought," is a collection of writings by colleagues and students who have come to highly respect Knight and his scholarship.

The event will take place on Tuesday, April 21, at 11:30 a.m. in the Seminary Chapel at Andrews University and will feature tributes by the editors and a response from Knight. A reception will follow in the Seminary Commons. All are welcome.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Week in Pictures

University Wind Symphony Spring Concert

The Andrews University Wind Symphony, directed by Alan Mitchell, will present their spring concert on Sunday, April 19, at 4 p.m., at the Howard Performing Arts Center. They will perform a Michigan premier of “For Those Who Wait” by Gregory Youtz and “Connacht Rhapsody” by David Holsinger. Both selections were jointly commissioned by Andrews University and other universities.

The program will also feature “March Grandioso” by Roland Seitz, Movement 5 from “English Dances, Set 2” by Malcom Arnold, Symphonic Highlights from “Frozen” arranged by Stephen Bulla, “Three Dances” from Henry VIII by Edward German. Guest tuba soloist, Roger Lewis, will be featured in “Introduction and Dance” by Ed. Barat and the unaccompanied 2nd Movement from “Sonata in A Moll for Flute” by C.P.E. Bach.

The Andrews University Jazz Ensemble will perform “Pecking Order” by Kris Berg, “Bling” by Andy Farber, and “Second Line” arranged by Victor L. Goins.

General admission is $5, student and senior admission is $3 and children under 12 are free. Purchase tickets online or call the Howard Center Box Office at 888-467-6442 for student discounts and more information.

Interdisciplinary Public Lecture

Speaker: Christopher R. Mwashinga
Location: Garber Auditorium, Chan Shun Hall, Andrews University
Date: Saturday April 25, 2015
Time: 4–5:15 p.m.

The Tanzanian Club of Andrews University presents “Global South Christianity and Adventism: How should the Church respond” by Christopher R. Mwashinga.

Christopher R. Mwashinga is a PhD student in systematic theology at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University. The concept of global south Christianity [also global south Adventism] describes some important trends in Christianity which in the coming decades will affect the makeup of Christianity in general and Adventism in particular, and how churches do their missional work. So, how should the Seventh-day Adventist church respond to these trends? Mwashinga will share some important insights on how the church should respond to this worldwide phenomenon.

Come one come all. Let’s start a conversation.

U.S. Flag at Half Mast April 15

Gov. Rick Snyder has joined President Barack Obama’s call for all United States flags to be lowered to half-staff on Wednesday, April 15, as a day of remembrance for President Abraham Lincoln.

The day marks the 150th anniversary of the day the nation’s 16th president died.

“We do not lack for reminders of President Lincoln’s actions, which will live in our nation’s hearts for as long as we remain a strong and united country,” Snyder said. “Today we will remember the person—his dedication to what we should stand for and the courage to fight for it. Let us all pause today and reflect on President Lincoln’s vision for America and what we all can do moving forward in that spirit.

Revive Vespers: From Questions to Answers

Friday, April 17, 2015
7:30 p.m.
Biology Amphitheater/Price Hall

Do you have questions on forgiveness, unity and the church, prophecy, revival in light of the second coming, or the Laodicean church and how it applies to the church today? Join us for Revive Vespers this Friday as several of our speakers from this past school year will be answering questions on these topics? If you have a question on one of these topics, please text it to 269-422-7098.

Co-curricular credit available.

Joshua Martin Senior BFA Thesis

Tuesday, April 15, 2015
6 p.m.
Art & Design Gallery, Smith Hall

A photographic series focusing on the bodies of athletes, fashioned in editorial and fine art style. Understanding how various skin tones are shaped by light and shadow, whether they be static or in motion. 

Prints will be available for sale.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Sitting is the New Smoking Intensive

The Institute for Prevention of Addictions Presents…“Sitting is the New Smoking”

Date: May 4–7, 2015
Time: Monday–Thursday
Location: Buller Hall 208

An intensive course for students to learn about the damage of sedentary lifestyles and the relationship to addiction.

Featuring Ernie Medina from Loma Linda University and presenters who are research, prevention and treatment experts.

Tuition cost same per credit hour as package rate. Will be videotaping, so can miss part of the week.

Academic credit available: Enroll for 1–3 academic credits through the Departments of Behavioral Sciences or Social Work. May attend for non-credit at $40 per day or CEUs available for $126/day.

BHSC 438-001 CRN (430)  (Behavioral Science majors, minors or General Education)
BHSC 648-001 CRN (431)  (Non-social work graduate students)
SOWK 438-001 CRN (364) (Social work students only)
SOWK 648-001 CRN (365) (Social work graduate students only)

For additional information email

Electronics Recycling Event at Andrews University

Andrews University, in partnership with Green Earth Electronics Recycling, will hold its biannual electronics recycling event on Wednesday, April 22, from 3–7 p.m. Community members, businesses and residents from the surrounding communities are encouraged to recycle their unwanted electronic items at the Transportation building on the Andrews campus.

Accepted items include computers, laptops, smart phones, monitors, TVs, telephones, cameras, DVD players, cords/cables, printers, toner cartridges, cell phones, refrigerators, air conditioners, appliances and any other electronic items or items with a cord.

A hazardous waste fee will be collected for CRT monitors ($5) and tube TVs ($10). All other items are recycled free of charge. Thin monitors and TVs (LCD and plasma) are free to recycle.

All hard drives are wiped according to Department of Defense specifications or shredded. Businesses are encouraged to pre-register by emailing or calling 269-326-1232.

Efficiency UNITED will be partnering with Green Earth and offering rebate incentives to customers of a participating utility provider (Indiana Michigan Power, South Haven Public Works, Dowagiac Electric) when they recycle a working refrigerator, freezer, dehumidifier or room air conditioner (AC). There is a $50 rebate for working refrigerators and freezers/$15 rebate for working dehumidifiers and room AC units.

Green Earth Electronics Recycling is headquartered in St. Joseph, Michigan, and is focused on keeping unwanted electronics out of landfills by using the best practices in information destruction and recycling. They are a registered recycler with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and services include corporate and institutional pickups and community drop-off events. For more information about Green Earth visit or email

Any Andrews University departments wishing to participate are asked to please contact Information Technology Services to have items picked up prior to the event.

Andrews Electronics Recycling Day

Wednesday, April 22, 3–7 p.m.
Transportation Building

Andrews University invites community members, businesses and residents from surrounding communities to recycle their unwanted electronic items at the University’s biannual electronics recycling event. The event will take place on Wednesday, April 22, from 3–7 p.m. at the Transportation building. In partnership with Andrews University, Green Earth Electronics Recycling will be operating the event.

Accepted items include computers, laptops, smart phones, monitors, TVs, telephones, cameras, DVD players, cords/cables, printers, toner cartridges, cell phones, refrigerators, air conditioners, appliances and any other electronic items or items with a cord.

A hazardous waste fee will be collected for CRT monitors ($5) and tube TVs ($10). All other items are recycled free of charge. Thin monitors and TVs (LCD and plasma) are free to recycle.

Any Andrews University departments wishing to participate are asked to please contact ITS to have items picked up prior to the event.

All hard drives are wiped to Department of Defense specifications or shredded. Businesses are encouraged to preregister by emailing or calling 269-326-1232.

Efficiency UNITED will be in partnering with Green Earth and offering rebate incentives to customers of a participating utility provider (Indiana Michigan Power, South Haven Public Works, Dowagiac Electric) when they recycle a working refrigerator, freezer, dehumidifier, or room AC ($50 rebate for working refrigerators and freezers/$15 rebate for working dehumidifiers and room AC units).

Green Earth Electronics Recycling, headquartered in St. Joseph, Michigan, is a company whose focus is to keep unwanted electronics out of the landfill by using the best practices in information destruction and recycling. They are registered as a recycler with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. Their services include corporate and institutional pickups as well as community drop-off events.

For more information please visit or email

Michigan Maritime Museum March lecture

100 Years Brings New Thoughts on the Eastland Disaster

The Michigan Maritime Museum is proud to present the fourth lecture of their 2015 Lecture Series with speaker Michael McCarthy. McCarthy will be giving a lecture on the 1915 Eastland disaster titled after his book, "Ashes Under Water: The SS Eastland and the Shipwreck that Shook America," on Saturday, April 25, at 2 p.m.

This year marks the centennial of one of the nation's worst disasters, the 1915 sinking of the steamship Eastland in the Chicago River, with more passenger deaths than the Titanic. An astonishing 844 poor people perished on the Eastland—a ship still tied to its dock when it capsized.

For a century, the cause of the nearly forgotten tragedy had remained a mystery. McCarthy’s work offers a fresh, sinister explanation for the tragedy: that management neglected needed repairs to the stabilizing machinery of the ship.

Michael McCarthy, who learned to sail on Lake Michigan, is the author of "The Sun Farmer" and worked as a reporter and editor for the Wall Street Journal for 22 years. He lives in South Haven, Michigan.

McCarthy will be speaking on the Michigan Maritime Museum Campus. The lecture series will finish on the last Saturday of May. He will also be signing copies of his book at the event.

Admission is $8 for adults and $7 for seniors. There is no admission fee for Museum members. Light refreshments will be provided. Become a member and attend each additional lecture at no cost. It is the perfect time to become a member!

The Michigan Maritime Museum is dedicated to the preservation of Michigan Great Lakes waterways, maritime history, and culture. Located at the drawbridge in South Haven, the museum is a 501 (C3) organization and donations are tax deductible. For more information call 1-800-747-3810 or visit

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Artwork by Mark Hunt Unveiled

Monday, April 13, 2015
3 p.m.
James White Library Lobby (Seminary collection side)

As part of the National Library Week Celebration, April 13–17, the James White Library will be unveiling the "Creation of Man" artwork by Mark Phillip Hunt. This piece of art is 64”x32", medium: hand etched granite and glass.

Everyone is welcome to attend. Refreshments will be served, and you can enjoy great music as well.

Having the race talk

The first meeting of the Summit on Social Consciousness featured a panel of students, moderated by Michael Polite, associate campus chaplain. Debra Haight of the Herald-Palladium covered the event. Read more.

Trynchuk Violin Studio Recital

Sunday, April 19
7 p.m.
Howard Performing Arts Center

Enjoy the performances of Carla Trynchuk's students in this violin studio recital.

McAndrew Voice Studio Recital

Sunday, April 19
3:30 p.m.
Hamel Hall, Room 304

Chamber Music Studio Recital

Sunday, April 19
11 a.m.
Howard Performing Arts Center

Chamber musicians will perform in a studio recital.

Department of Music Assembly: Recital

Tuesday, April 14
11:30 a.m.
Howard Performing Arts Center

Come enjoy a showcase of musical talent.

Junior Violin Recital: Hayden Leung

Monday, April 13
7:30 p.m.
Howard Performing Arts Center

Come support Hayden Leung as she performs her junior violin recital.

The Amazing Grace Race

This Saturday afternoon, April 11, you are invited to enjoy a fun musical play performed by the children's choir organized out of the monthly Cactusville Children's Worship ministry. They will be presenting the musical play, "The Amazing Grace Race."

Forty children have been learning songs and memoraizing lines since January. These are children that are working to use their talents for the glory of God, come out and support them and cheer them on!

The event starts at 6 p.m. at the Andrews Academy Chapel.


Update from President Andreasen

Dear Friends:

As you prepare for the end of the school year, I want to update you about a concern that emerged around the time many of you left campus for spring break.

For those of you who may be unaware, Andrews University has come under criticism in several media outlets about its response to a request for an on-campus fundraising event.

Let me emphasize that as part of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Andrews University is committed to help all of God’s children, regardless of gender, race or sexual orientation. This commitment clearly reflects the values of Christ and His calling.

The question of whether or not Andrews University views the needs of homeless LGBT youth as an important humanitarian cause is one that we can answer with a resounding “yes,” just as we believe Jesus would have responded.

We recognize the passion a number of our students have demonstrated in support of this issue. We believe that exploring the underlying causes of LGBT homelessness, along with other needs and concerns facing LGBT youth, is important for the University to consider.

Today I am sharing with you that we are committed to taking steps forward that will include careful study and the appointment of a taskforce that will help us gain greater understanding of this problem and propose helpful responses to the needs of these young people.

Further, we realize that these needs exist, in particular, because some Christian parents struggle with how to relate to their children as they identify and are honest about their orientation. This struggle sometimes leads to the tragedy of homelessness for LGBT youth.

We will keep you informed as we move forward on these issues, but in the meantime, an email address has been set up where you can send thoughts about the process or concerns that you’d like to have addressed. That address is

Niels-Erik Andreasen, President

Village Church Service for April 11

First Service: 8:30 a.m.
Title: "What Might Have Been"
Speaker: Pastor Ron Kelly

2nd Service: 11:20 a.m.
Education Sabbath—Service will be given by Village Adventist Elementary School students
Title: "Sea of Galilee"

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Andrews Receives $3,500 Grant from MDEQ

Andrews University was recently awarded a $3,500 grant from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ). The grant will be used to update the University’s Wellhead Protection Plan (WHPP) for the groundwater areas that supply drinking water to the University.

Andrews, in cooperation with the MDEQ, has been involved in the Michigan WHPP for years. The primary purpose of participating in the plan is to protect groundwater and provide a clean uncontaminated water supply. By engaging in this voluntary program, Andrews is eligible for special grants from the state government for implementing different aspects of the program.

The task of maintaining a clean water supply is made easier because of the good relationship Andrews has with the City of Berrien Springs. Paul Elder, director for Facilities Management, says, “We have a benefit being close to the city, because we have two connections with the city to help us when we are down or vice versa. Last summer we renovated the water tower and had to drain our tower for a month. During this time we were able to open our connections to the city and make arrangements with their utilities maintenance department to allow Andrews University to use their water tower during our shutdown.”

The University has contracted with Fleis & VandenBrink, an environmental engineering firm, to provide professional guidance during the update. The firm will help to determine the best actions for preserving the groundwater supply, and assist with development of an updated Wellhead Protection Plan for Andrews University. This process should not cause any interruptions beyond what is caused by normal maintenance shutdowns on the system.

by Marcus Larivaux, student writer for Integrated Marketing & Communication

Horn Lectureship Series Features Undergraduate Students

The Horn Lectureship Series is proud to present: “Making a Future for our Past: Student Research at the Institute of Archaeology and the Siegfried Horn Archaeological Museum,” on Monday, April 13, at 7 p.m. in the Seminary Chapel on the campus of Andrews University.

Robert D. Bates, PhD research associate for the Institute of Archaeology, and Andrews University students will be presenting ongoing research projects for the museum. The diverse projects included photographing artifacts, ceramic analysis, remodeling museum displays, serving as docents, correlating bones, scanning coins and creating archaeological illustrations.

The Horn Lectureship Series is presented by the Siegfried H. Horn Museum. This installment is a product of the hard work of undergraduate students who are taking general studies courses in history and behavioral sciences. For the past four years, these students have been privileged to participate in ongoing research at the Institute of Archaeology. Although most of the students were not archaeology or anthropology majors, they were given the unprecedented opportunity not only to handle ancient artifacts, but to study their history and context, along with making an important contribution to archaeology, history and even our understanding of the Bible. This type of research is usually limited to graduate students.

The Horn Museum already houses more than 8,500 ancient Near-Eastern artifacts, including coins, pottery, sculptures, tools, weapons, figurines, jewelry, seals and glass vessels, among a myriad of other artifacts. The students added to this body of research, gaining hands-on experience by engaging in artifact examination from the Early Bronze Age to the Late Ottoman period.

As of today, nearly 300 undergraduate and high school students have participated in this program, including students from the Berrien County RESA program. The work showcases their ability to contribute to the archaeological research goals of the Institute of Archaeology and the Horn Museum.

Learning about the past teaches us more about ourselves, and how to deal with the future. This presentation will do just that. In the words of one of the presenting students, “We as humans can not know who we truly are unless we know where we came from, and I think that this archaeological work is a step in the right direction.”

To learn more about the Siegfried H. Horn Museum or schedule an appointment, visit or call 269-471-3273.

By Marcus Larivaux, student writer for Integrated Marketing & Communication

Gymnics Homeshow and 50th Anniversary

The Andrews University Gymnics are celebrating their 50th anniversary this weekend with a Gymnics alumni get-together and a tribal themed homeshow titled "With All." The schedule is as follows:

Friday, April 10
Vespers, 9 p.m., Johnson Gym

Saturday, April 11
Church service, 11 a.m., Johnson Gym
Lunch: 12:45 p.m., Dining Services, Campus Center
(meal tickets available from Gymnics coach)
Homeshow, 9 p.m., Johnson Gym

Sunday, April 12
Homeshow, 3 p.m., Johnson Gym

Tickets for Homeshow are $5 for students and Gymnics alumni and $7 for all others.

Graduate Piano Recital

Anne Loura will perform at 7 p.m. in the Howard Performing Arts Center.

Youth Ministry Opportunity

HELP WANTED: Are you available Sabbath, April 11th? Are you comfortable working with youth grades 9-12? Enjoy singing & talking about God with youth? Interested in FREE BREAKFAST? Well, this is a great ministry opportunity for you. CONTACT: Kreshona Brown at, NO LATER THAN APRIL 9, with your interest in the Andrews Academy Youth Rally at HPAC, April 11th. Free t-shirt for participation.

Sam's Chicken at Dining Services

Tomorrow night, Thursday, April 9, the Terrace Cafe will be serving their classic Sam's Chicken meal. Don't miss out on your favorites!

Terrace Cafe Supper Hours:
5–7 p.m.

21st Commemoration of the 1994 Genocide Against the Tutsi in Rwanda

This event will take place on Saturday, April 11, from 3–6 p.m. in Newbold Auditorium, Buller Hall. This is a memorial commemoration of the genocide that took place in Rwanda in 1994, 21 years ago. It is in the "Never Again" spirit of the United Nations policies.

The keynote speaker will be the Rwandan Ambassador to the United Nations in New York and there will be a testimony from Consolee Nishimwe according to her experience she called "Tested to the Limit" in her book.

Come one, come all.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

A Conversation on Race and Justice in America

Andrews University invites you to attend its fourth annual Summit on Social Consciousness from Wednesday, April 8, through Saturday, April 11. This year’s symposium will focus on the theme of “A Conversation on Race and Justice in America.” The objective will be to inform the community of the injustices and racial prejudices still alive in our nation, 51 years after the civil rights movement, and also provide a means for students and community leaders to engage in social action regardless of background. All events are free and open to the public.

Please note the following schedule highlights:

Wednesday, April 8
Panel Discussion
7 p.m., Seminary Chapel

Thursday, April 9
Documentary Screening of “The New Jim Crow”
7 p.m., Seminary Chapel

Friday, April 10
University Vespers: Race, Justice and Adventism
7 p.m., Pioneer Memorial Church

Saturday, April 11
Keynote Address: Paul Buckley
4 p.m., Seminary Chapel

The keynote presentation will be followed by breakout sessions at 6 p.m. The breakouts are designed to provide an informal setting to let everyone join the conversation on these important issues. These sessions will explore topics related to race and justice in the U.S., including health outcomes, white privilege, minority youth issues and more.

The Summit on Social Consciousness began in 2012 to bring awareness of current social issues to the graduate students of Andrews University.

Michelle Alexander, associate professor of law at Ohio State University and civil rights advocate, author of “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness,” says, “The fate of millions of people—indeed the future of the black community itself—may depend on the willingness of those who care about racial justice to reexamine their basic assumptions of the role of the criminal justice system in our society” (Alexander, 2009). Regardless of background, issues related to race and injustice have a wide societal impact and should be a concern to members of any community.

The Summit on Social Consciousness is designed to bring both awareness and public education to various subjects through the knowledge of different speakers and the opportunity to serve the surrounding community.

“The hope is,” said Lhorraine London Polite, project manager and assistant to the dean in the School of Graduate Studies & Research, “that each year students assume the responsibility as the rightful advocates of those that have no voice. Andrews University seeks to empower students to 'Change the World'" and the summit has become our way to aid the mission as well as to give students the tools they need to succeed.”

by Samuel Fry and Jenna Neil, student writers for Integrated Marketing & Communication

Running for Change

Every donation helps, big or small! Please help us raise $3,885 to reach our goal of $5,000 by donating here: 

Nominate a Volunteer to be Recognized

United Way of Southwest Michigan wants to say “thank you” to the wonderful volunteers in our community who are making an impact at local nonprofit organizations, schools, and churches! Your help is needed to bring their accomplishments to light. Nominate a volunteer to be recognized at the annual Volunteer Celebration and Recognition Event.

The Awards:

Powerful Giving AwardsGoes to volunteers from Berrien or Cass County who are making a difference within United Way’s goals in the areas of dducation, income, health or basic needs. The winner in each category will have the opportunity to direct $200 to the non-profit organization of his or her choice.

LIVE UNITED Youth Award Scholarships—Honors outstanding youth volunteers, one from Cass County and one from Berrien County. Along with the recognition at the event the winners receive a $500 scholarship. Applicants should show a commitment to volunteerism through innovation, time and dedication, and advocacy for community improvement.

Margaret B. Upton Volunteer Leadership AwardHonors a Berrien County resident with a lifetime record of volunteer service. Nominations should demonstrate a candidate's lifetime of exemplary service to the community through a range of diverse projects or services. The winner will receive $3,000 to direct to the non-profit organization of his or her choice.

Nominations are due by May 1st, 2015. Full descriptions and nomination forms can be found online at If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Kelsey Cheyne, senior campaign relationship coordinator at United Way at 269-982-1700.

What that talk sounds like

The Herald-Palladium highlights the upcoming conversation about race and justice to take place during the 2015 Summit for Social Consciousness, sponsored by the School of Graduate Studies & Research.

Horn Lectureship Series

Monday, April 13
7 p.m.
Seminary Chapel

The Horn Lectureship Series presents “Making a Future for our Past: Student Research at the Institute of Archaeology and the Siegfried Horn Archaeological Museum” by Robert Bates and his students from Andrews University.

Robert Bates, research associate at the Institute of Archaeology, is having a profound impact on the lives of students here at Andrews University. For the past four years undergraduates taking general education courses in history and behavioral sciences have had an unprecedented opportunity to participate in ongoing research projects at the Institute of Archaeology and the Siegfried H. Horn Archaeological Museum.

Under his direction, students are being trained and mentored in conducting research, analyzing artifacts, developing museum displays, photographing artifacts, collecting data, and preparing databases. They are given hands-on experience in examining artifacts ranging from the Early Bronze Age to the Late Ottoman period.

As of now, nearly 300 Andrews University undergraduate and Berrien County RESA high school students have participated in this project. The students are given an opportunity to do the type of research that is generally limited to graduate students, making an important contribution to archaeology, history and our understanding of the Bible.

Come see them showcase their unique and impressive contribution to the archaeological research goals of Andrews University.

Co-curricular credit will be offered. The event is free and open to the public.

Thank You for Participating in the NSSE Survey

Simone, Alex, Haley, Megan and Joshua wish to thank all freshmen and seniors who spent some of their valuable time taking the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE).

“This semester I have been finishing up my research projects to complete my bachelor’s degree in marketing,” says Megan Reid, one of our NSSE student representatives. “I’ve come to realize firsthand how important it is to collect good data—and how difficult it is to get people to participate. I was glad to help promote a culture of assessment on our campus because I know it can lead to improvements in effectiveness. And I’m proud for the participation improvement we had this year with the NSSE Survey.”

To further promote participation in the NSSE Survey, the University’s Office of Institutional Effectiveness entered students who took the survey into a drawing for gift cards. Lynn Merklin, director, recently announced the winners: Jasmine Griggs, Jae-Hyun Joo, Brian Shockey, Tim McGuire, Amanda Phillips, Lindy Elloway, Jesse Snelling, Whitney Watson.

Our NSSE survey response increased nearly five percent over the last survey, with 34.8 percent of freshmen and seniors participating. Survey results will be delivered sometime in August. When those results are available they will be posted at

Youth Ministry Opportunity April 11

HELP WANTED: Are you available Sabbath, April 11, 2015? Are you comfortable working with youth grades 9–12? Enjoy singing & talking about God with youth? Interested in FREE BREAKFAST? Well, this is a great ministry opportunity for you. Get a free T-shirt for participation.

CONTACT: Kreshona Brown at, no later than April 9, with your interest in the Andrews Academy Youth Rally at the Howard Performing Arts Center on April 11.

Week in Pictures

Free Seminar on Addiction

Is It an Addiction, Habit, or Obsession?

Southwestern Medical Clinic, a Lakeland Health Affiliate, will offer a free seminar for community members, titled “Is It an Addiction, Habit, or Obsession?” The presentation will take place on Tuesday, April 21, from 6–7 p.m. in the Frederick S. Upton Education Center at Lakeland Medical Center, 1234 Napier Avenue, St. Joseph, Michigan.

Bradford Wilson, MS, MA, TLLP, and Richard Watson, MA, LPC, LLP, from Southwestern Medical Clinic’s Christian Counseling and Psychological Services will discuss the many forms that addiction can take, including food, gambling, substances, shopping, and even dependence on technology such as mobile devices and social media. The event will include a presentation on the psychological and emotional implications of addictive behavior.

“As technology has evolved, we are able to access virtually anything we want or need through the Internet,” said Rich Watson. “Indirectly or directly, our vulnerability to addiction has never been higher.”

For more information or to register, call 269-429-7727. Visit or find Lakeland Health on Facebook or Twitter for more classes and events.

Engineering Students Place Second in Stryker Challenge

Two Andrews University engineering students, Jonathan Penrod and Michael Hess II, were part of the Michigan Colleges Alliance team that placed second at the 2015 Stryker Engineering Challenge, held March 26–27, 2015, at Stryker Medical in Portage, Michigan.

Teams of four students, preferably sophomores, competed for $1,000 scholarships and interviews for Stryker internships. This year there were six teams competing from the following institutions: Purdue University, University of Notre Dame, Michigan Tech University, Western Michigan University, University of Michigan, and the Michigan Colleges Alliance. The Michigan Colleges Alliance team consisted of Penrod and Hess from Andrews University, and Rochelle Miller and Justin Hanselman from Hope College.

Before the challenge began students were given a product demonstration and tour of Stryker’s facilities. At 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 26, teams were provided with the rules and sent to their assigned workspace with their Stryker mentor. The workspace contained tools and supplies to build a remotely controlled vehicle with different custom attachments. They worked until 2 a.m. before retiring for the night.

Gunnar Lovhoiden, associate professor of engineering and faculty sponsor, says, “The best part for me was observing how well the Andrews and Hope students worked together as a team. I think they maximized their potential.”

The challenge continued later Friday morning from 6 a.m. to 1:45 p.m., followed by the competition at 2:30 p.m. Each team was assigned a pit area to work on their vehicles if they needed service or repair during the competition. Challenge One consisted of rescuing Lego “victims” in “downtown” Kalamazoo. Stryker had constructed several models of downtown Kalamazoo buildings. All the victims had small magnets attached so they could be rescued using a pick-up magnet controlled remotely from the vehicle.

All teams competed against each other and points were awarded according to how difficult the victims were to access. Some were behind doors that had to be opened by activating different sensors while others were on roofs as high as three feet. In order to get points, the vehicle had to pick up victims and carry them out of the playing field, which was marked with tape. The Michigan Colleges Alliance vehicle broke down four times due to drive chain issues, but each time the team was able to fix the vehicle and put it back into play. Challenge One lasted 20 minutes. The Michigan Colleges Alliance team collected enough points for second place.

The Final Challenge was to traverse an obstacle course with one horizontal section followed by a ramped section. If you made it up the ramp you had to raise/lower a bridge to cross to the finish line. The raising and lowering was accomplished by flashing an LED at a light sensor at two different predetermined rates. The final challenge had a 10-minute time limit.

Michigan Colleges Alliance competed against University of Michigan for first place. The Michigan Colleges Alliance team’s vehicle made it across the horizontal obstacle and up the ramp without any issues, but could not get further because their LED flasher didn’t work. The University of Michigan was able to complete both tasks and therefore won the competition.

Stryker provided meals and hotel accommodations for all team members. Lovhoiden commented, “I was impressed with the effort Stryker had put into the event and the number of Stryker staff involved. The whole challenge had a professional feel to it. It was good to see that there are companies willing to give students opportunities such as this. It reaffirms that although we [Hope College and Andrews University] are smaller engineering programs with limited resources, our students have good engineering skills and perform as well as or better than students from much larger programs.”

Reflecting on the experience, Michael Hess said, “What stood out to me most about our team’s performance was how effectively we were able to collaborate in spite of our setbacks. We were the only team from two different schools, none of us had ever worked together previously, and unlike the other teams most of us didn’t even know we were competing until the day before. Even so, we were able to figure out each other’s strengths, delegate tasks accordingly, and maintain effective communication throughout the build. Coming from less-than-ideal circumstances to take second place showed that being from a smaller school like Andrews is not a disadvantage; we’re on par with some of the best engineering schools in the country.”

Robert Bartlett, president of the Michigan Colleges Alliance, was also very pleased with the results. “Most prospective students, counselors and employers in the state don’t even realize MCA member schools offer engineering, this is a great ‘myth buster.’”

To learn more about the Department of Engineering & Computer Science, visit or call 269-471-3420 or 888-467-6443.

Niles Westside Church Service for April 11

Niles Westside Adventist Church
1105 Grant St (at Fairview Ave), Niles, Michigan

Speaker: Pastor Darrel le Roux

Sabbath School: 9:30 a.m.
Church Services: 8:30 & 11 a.m.

Our Living Jesus series continues on Saturdays at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m., and on Fridays at 7 p.m. through April 25. See our Facebook page for more information.

Hugo Cotro Doctoral Defense

Monday, April 13, 2015
9:30 a.m.
Seminary Hall, Room S215

Hugo Cotro will defend his dissertation in partial fulfillment of the PhD degree in the area of New Testament Studies. Cotro's dissertation title is "Up From Sea and Earth: Revelation 13:1,11." Those wishing to attend must make their request by calling 269-471-6002 no later than April 9.

Seating is limited.

Christine Vetne Doctoral Defense

Thursday, April 16, 2015
3:30 p.m.
Administration Building, Room 307

Christine Vetne will defend her dissertation in partial fulfillment of the PhD degree in the area of Old Testament Exegesis. Vetne's dissertation title is "The Function of 'Hope' as a Lexical and Theological Keyword in the Psalter: A Structural-Theological Study of Five Psalms (PSS 42-43, 52, 62, 69, 71) Within Their Final Shape Context (PSS 42-72)."

Those wishing to attend must make their request by calling 269-471-6002 no later than April 15.

Patrice Allet Doctoral Defense

Tuesday, April 14, 2015
1:30 p.m.
Seminary Hall, Room S325

Patrice Allet will defend his dissertation in partial fulfillment of the PhD degree in the area of New Testament Studies. Allet's dissertation title is "Revelation 6:9–11: An Exegesis of the Fifth Seal in the Light of the Problem of the Eschatological Delay."

Those wishing to attend must make their request by calling 269-471-6002 no later than April 13.

Please note that seating is limited.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Heaven Bound

Come for a weekend of food fun and fellowship at the Buchanan SDA Church and YMCA on April 10-11th. (Buchanan SDA Church Address: 3115 Niles Buchanan Rd, Buchanan, Michigan 49107)

April 10, Friday 7:00 PM @ Buchanan SDA Church
Speaker: Bryan Choi
Refreshments provided

April 11, Saturday, 10:50 AM @ Buchanan SDA Church
Speaker: Sikhu Hlatshwayo
Lunch provided following the service

April 11, Saturday 9:00-11:00 PM @
Benton Harbor St Joseph YMCA
3665 Hollywood Rd, St. Joseph
Activities include basketball, swimming, raquetball, volleyball, kids activities, wollyball, table games, food sale!

Revive Vespers: Powers of Heaven

Friday April 10, 2015
7:30 p.m.
Biology Amphitheater, Price Hall, Science Complex

Join us for Revive Vespers as Alanna Knapp presents a message titled "Powers of Heaven." 

Co-curricular credit available.



Health Fair

Girls on the Run 5K

Girls on the Run is a transformational physical activity based program for girls in 3rd-8th grade sponsored by United Way of Southwest Michigan. We teach life skills through dynamic, interactive lessons and running games. The program culminates with the girls being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5k running event. The goal of the program is to unleash confidence through accomplishment while establishing a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness. For more information about Girls on the Run of Berrien County, our 5k event, donating or volunteering: - 269-982-1700 -

Entry Fees
Early Registration (by April 27)           $20
Late & Race Day Registration*          $25

Family 4 Pack- immediate family members
(must live at same address)               $40
Join over 800 girls as they complete the 5K in celebration of our Girls on the Run 2015 season!

When: May 21, 2015
Time: 6 p.m.
Where: Berrien County Youth Fairgrounds
Register at

May 21 Race Day Schedule
3:30-6 p.m.     Registration table open
3:30-8 p.m.     Merchandise table is open
6 p.m.              Welcome and presentation
6:10 p.m.         Group warm-up
6:15 p.m.         Group cheer
6:30 p.m.         5K run begins

The event will begin and end at the Berrien County Youth Fairgrounds.

Early Packet Pick Up:
May 18 & 19
7:30 a.m.–6 p.m.
United Way Office
2015 Lakeview Ave.
St. Joseph, MI  49085

Race Day Packet Pick Up:
May 21
3:30–6 p.m.
Berrien County Youth Fairgrounds
9122 Old U.S. 31
Berrien Springs, MI 49103

Call 269-982-1700, ext. 22

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Volunteers Needed - Girls on the Run 5K

This year marks the 6th annual United Way of Southwest Michigan Girls on the Run 5K 825+ girls (grades 3rd - 8th) will be celebrating their accomplishments by crossing a 5K finish line and they will be counting on the help and support of volunteers like you to make this a safe and inspiring event.  There are a variety of volunteer roles and times available.  Please click here to sign up!

When:  May 21st, 2015
Time:  Varies from 3:00-8:30 pm
Where:  Berrien County Youth Fairgrounds
What:  Volunteers can select from several volunteer opportunities such as registration, security, hair station, and more!

Show your support for GOTR of Berrien - JOIN US as a RUNNER!
Community runners can sign up to run in the 5K event at Please remember this event is not set up for runners looking to get their best times. It is a non-competitive race.

When:  Thursday, May 21st, 2015
Time:  Check-in is from 4-6:00 pm, Race begins at 6:30 pm
Where:  Berrien County Youth Fairgrounds in Berrien Springs
Fee:  Registration by April 24th is only $20, Late registration $25, Family Four-Pack Discounts available

Questions? Email

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Easter Choral Concert

The Andrews University Singers and Chorale, under the direction of Stephen Zork, will perform their annual Easter concert on Saturday, April 4, at 8 p.m., in the Howard Performing Arts Center. No tickets are required.

The concert will feature the premier of a choral piece written by Andrews University student and composer Michael Momohara titled, “My Plea.” The text of the piece was written by WWII Japanese internment camp survivor Mary T. Matsuzawa.

“Our music will celebrate Christ’s healing touch and teaching ministry,” says Zork. “Pieces such as ‘By Peter’s House’ by Brad Lehman and ‘This House of Peace’ by Ralph Johnson express the pathos experienced by Jesus Christ in the events leading up to His death.”

The ensembles will also perform “God So Loved the World” by Bob Chilcott, “Crucifixus” by Antonio Lotti, “Prayer of Gratitude & Psalm 150” by Andrew Bleckner (sung in Hebrew and English) and “Gloria Dios” by Ariel Ramirez (sung in Spanish).

Soloists for the event include Charles Reid, tenor; Carrie Vandenburgh, soprano; Christina Gibson, flute; and Mowa Mowa, cello.

For information on this and other upcoming concerts, visit

Friday, April 3, 2015

Microsoft Office Support

Faculty and Staff: Do you have questions about Microsoft 2013? Are you working on a project and would like more one-on-one assistance on how to complete it to better meet your needs? Do you have more general questions about Word, PowerPoint, Excel or any of the other Microsoft Office applications? 

During the month of April we are offering a few opportunities for Microsoft Office Support in various buildings around campus (in the same fashion as “Moodling with Marsha”). These will be general help sessions (with no planned training agenda) open to faculty or staff who have questions and would like some one-on-one support in Microsoft Office.

      April 6, 3:15–5:15 p.m.      Administration Building, Room 307
      April 8, 3:15–5:15 p.m.      Seminary, Student Lounge
      April 10, 9–11 a.m.            Science Complex, Biology Lobby
      April 13, 3:15–5:15 p.m.    Harrigan Hall, Room 235
      April 15, 3:15–5:15 p.m.    Marsh Hall, 2nd Floor Lobby
      April 17, 9–11 a.m.            Buller Hall, 2nd Floor Student Lounge
      April 20, 3:15–5:15 p.m.    Science Complex, Biology Lobby
      April 22, 3:15–5:15 p.m.    Architecture Building Lobby
      April 24, 9–11 a.m.            Seminary, Student Commons

Spring Honors Thesis Symposium

The academic capstone of our Honors school year takes place Friday, April 10, from 1:30–5 p.m. in Buller Hall—the Honors Thesis Symposium. At that event, our thesis researchers will be presenting the final results of their year-long investigations in formal talks throughout the afternoon.

Please consult the program to find topics of particular interest. Refreshments will be served at 3 p.m. in the Buller Hall Lobby.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Benefit Piano Concert

Sabbath, April 18, 7:30 p.m.
First SDA Church of South Bend, 1936 E. Altgeld St, South Bend, IN 46614

Mary Grace, who was born with the absence of her right forearm and her right leg 8" shorter than her left, has inspired audiences with her awesome music and testimony. Please come prepared to donate to her two ministries: Adopt A Minister Int'l and Help the Needy, Inc. CDs will also be available.

If you have questions call: 574 234-3044.

Andrews Food Fair Helps Student Groups, Too

The 2015 International Food Fair was featured in the South Bend Tribune on Monday, March 30. Check out the coverage here.

Michiana Adventist Forum

Saturday, April 11, 2015
3:30 p.m., Garber Auditorium, Chan Shun Hall
Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan

Michiana Adventist Forum presents "Conflict as Catalyst—Is a Lawsuit the Best Option?" presented by Deborah Bennett Berecz, collaborative lawyer and mediator.

About the Speaker
Deborah Bennett Berecz is a collaborative lawyer and mediator who practices family law in Berrien and Kent Counties. She is a graduate of Andrews University and of the Notre Dame Law School, where she earned her JD degree.

She has been involved in alternative dispute resolution since 1995, and has served as chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the State Bar of Michigan, and as president of the Collaborative Practice
Institute of Michigan, the Berrien Association of Mediators, and the Collaborative Divorce Professionals of W. Michigan.

As an adjunct professor at Andrews University she has taught Family Law and Public Policy to master’s level and doctoral students.

About the Topic
Christians are called to love others. But conflict is inevitable as long as people interact with one another. When we’ve been wronged, there are many options for redress. Some have the potential to heal and achieve meaningful resolution. Others ensure that the battle and resentment rage on for years. Lawyer Deborah Bennett Berecz will share insights regarding creative alternatives when experiencing conflict.

Adventist Forum is open to the public. All are welcome. For information, contact Art Robertson at or call 269-471-7150.

Graduate Enrollment Office

The Office of Graduate Enrollment will have limited services from April 7 to April 10 due to a Professional Development Conference staff members will be attending. The staff will have limited acces to Internet, however you may send an email to and we will respond as we are able. 

AndrewsVolunteers Launch Party

Monday, April 13
4–6 p.m.
Howard Performing Arts Center

We are happy to introduce a new function of the Office of Alumni Services. At the request of David Faehner, vice president for University Advancement, an organization is being formed to coordinate the valuable service of our current and future volunteers. Through the years, volunteers have given untold hours of their time and energy to enhance University experiences. Having an organized volunteer program will become even more important in the future. Ray Nelson, a local retired alum, has accepted the coordinator position for this important venture.

In order to best serve the campus, he will be contacting you shortly to determine if you have a need for volunteers in your specific department/area. We would also appreciate a representative from your area attending the launch party on April 13 so the good news can be shared with your team.

Further details about the AndrewsVolunteers program are available online at, including a Service Request Form. Contact can also be made by email: or phone: 269-471-6274.

Nutrition Lab Offered During May Express

FDNT 240 Nutrition Lab (non-science students only) is offered during May Express!
Registration is now open.
Hurry, this course may fill up fast since it is offered due to popular need.

When: May 4–15
Time: M, T, W, R 1:30–4 p.m.
Where: Marsh Hall Rm 300 (main campus)

To register, go to, click on Registration Central.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Classical Seminary Concert

Sunday, April 12
7 p.m., Seminary Chapel

A free concert by students, staff, faculty and friends of the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary

Light reception to follow.

Co-curricular credit available.


AICER's Round Table Presentations

On Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. Andrews International Center for Educational Research (AICER) will host Round Table presentations to showcase graduate dissertation proposals. You  are invited to attend and participate in the discussion following the presentations.

  Students’ Perceptions about Academic Motivation

 Samuel Adamou

This study investigates the roles that innate psychological needs and students’ attitudes have on student motivation.  The study seeks to explore how students’ perceptions of autonomy, competence, and relatedness play an important part in college and university students’ attitudes and motivation. Using the self-determination theory, this study is focused on how the appropriation process of extrinsic motivated activities is necessary and is a key to success. 

Course Type, Course Level, Student Age, Gender and Personality Type as Correlates of Student Evaluation of Teaching  

Fatima Al Nasser

Student Evaluation of Teaching (SET) is a significant tool that most higher education institutions around the world use to help measure the course and instructor effectiveness. A review of the literature indicated that course type and level were the characteristics that affect the SET’s results. Also, the review indicated that student’s age, gender, and personality type were the student’s characteristics that most affect the SET’s results. The purpose of the study is to propose and empirically investigate the effects of the five factors on the students’ level of satisfaction with their education.      

Curriculum Design & Language Learning: An Analysis of English Textbooks in Brazil

Ellen Rodrigues

The purpose of this study is to analyze two sixth-grade Brazilian EFL  textbooks, identifying the underlying methodological approach of these textbooks and observing to what extent textbook writers are taking into account language curriculum design. The study analyzes how language learning processes are being incorporated into the foreign language textbook and evaluates the textbooks’ strengths and weaknesses, indicating changes necessary for these textbooks.

Capacity Building for International Development Practitioners
through an Off-Campus Program

Ralph Wood

Andrews University a Master of International Development Administration (MIDA) degree. This program was developed to 1) build the capacity of international development practitioners, 2) build capacity of the organizations that employ them through MIDA transference and 3) build the capacity of the society they are serving. Perception(s) and capacity building that has occurred will be studied. The main hypotheses of this program evaluation is that the MIDA capacity building will have a positive effect both on the MIDA alumni and the organizations, and the lessons learned through this research can be used to strengthen the MIDA Program. 


Venue for face-to-face Participants :  Bell Hall Room 013,

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Week In Pictures

Collegiate Fellowship SS Class

A relevant, exciting and spiritual Sabbath School class for individuals between 18 and 35 years of age!

Classes are held every Sabbath at 9:30 a.m.

Location: All Nations SDA Church
                4259 East Snow Rd
                Berrien Springs MI 49103

For more information, please email

Ten Students Help Children Who Have Lost Limbs

On April 12, 2015, ten Andrews University students will participate in the “Running So They Can Stand” marathon, to raise money for children in need of orthopedic care in developing countries. The students have partnered with “A Leg To Stand On” (ALTSO), an organization that has provided free prosthetic limbs, orthotic devices, mobility aids, corrective surgery and rehabilitative care to at least 12,804 children who have lost limbs. Whether by traumatic accident, or if the children are suffering from congenital limb disabilities, ALTSO has worked to serve this need worldwide. Recognizing that they too can help, Andrews students have partnered with ALTSO by agreeing to run in either a half-marathon (13.1 miles), or a full-marathon (26.2 miles), at the Ohio River Road Runners Club.

ALTSO has provided care for children in Asia, Africa and Latin America. They have assisted families who cannot afford the care they need in order to be self-sufficient. The organization has sponsored adolescents and juveniles who may have suffered from diseases, birth defects or war injuries. However, they are incapable to do that work without your support.

In the words of Jennifer Calhoun, one of the marathon runners, “Physical deformities…have limited their mobility to distances that can be hopped, crawled or carried. It doesn’t have to be this way forever! Which is why we’re using our legs to run for change… literally.”

Andrews University has partnered with ALTSO because they are looking for financial sponsors. Support the runners by making a donation today; even the smallest donation helps. A $25 donation provides a clubfoot brace, $100 an orthotic device, $250 a prosthetic limb, and $500 provides corrective surgery. All donations are tax deductible, but donations must be made by April 1. The goal is to reach $5,000 by race day. Make your donation at

Gourmet To Go

Dining Services will be offering family-style takeout entrées, making your dinner experience hassle free. These delicious made-from-scratch entrées can be simply paired with a side of vegetables and salad for the perfect meal. No pre arrangements are necessary, entrées are available at the Gazebo during regular business hours. Each entrée of 12 servings costs $28. Choose from the following options:

†Italian Lasagna
†Sam’s Chicken
*†Special K Roast
*vBBQ Meatballs
†Marvelous Meatloaf

For Gazebo hours, please visit our webpage:


* Contains nuts
† Contains dairy
v Vegan

International Festival

Saturday, April 4, 8 p.m.
Discipleship Center
8450 Kephart Lane, Berrien Springs.

Please join us for an evening of cultural music, dancing and food. Support several worthy causes including: Living Word Fellowship: Mexico mission trip 2015 (building a church, vbs, community outreach) Michiana Fil-Am Church: local missions Girls of Mercy: Benton Harbor Community Outreach India mission for Jesus: to distribute Steps to Christ for Christian churches and to provide a scholarship fund for an Adventist boarding high school.

Eight countries will be represented: Philippines, Mexico, Malawi, Korea, India, Panama, Bolivia and Guyana

Raffle tickets for prizes available with $2 suggested donation at entrance.

Revive Vespers: Revival In Light of the Second Coming

Join us this Friday for Revive Vespers! Yerling Quispe, Karin Erickson, Veronica Penny, Celena Barclay and Akeem James will be presenting on how love, seeking Christ, humility, patience and witnessing connect with revival in our spiritual lives and the Second Coming.

Friday, April 3, 7:30 p.m.
Biology Amphitheater, Price Hall, Science Complex

Co-curricular credit available.



Monday, March 30, 2015

Sweet Citi's Poetry Expo

Seven Amazing Days


You are invited to enjoy a very special, one-time event on May 8 featuring JAIME JORGE, internationally acclaimed violinist, and RICH AGUILERA, the "Mud Guy" from Guide Magazine and 3ABN.  Together they will deliver a musical/special FX presentation celebrating Creation Week unlike you've ever seen before.

Free and open to all.

Friday evening, May 8, 6:30pm, Howard Performing Arts Center


Friday, March 27, 2015

Readers Theater: "The Great Divorce"

Andrews University’s J.N. Andrews Honors Program invites you to attend a free reader’s theater production of C.S. Lewis’s “The Great Divorce.” The presentation will take place on Sunday, April 5, at 6 p.m. in the University Towers Auditorium on the campus of Andrews University. Admission is free and open to the public.

“The Great Divorce,” written in 1946, is a short, allegorical novel about a man who finds himself in Hell, only to discover that the damned may take a bus to Heaven, and that anyone who wishes may stay there. What follows is a series of conversations between the ghosts of Hell and the “solid people” of Heaven, exposing the choices that we make toward either of those destinations in our everyday lives.

The performance cast includes Brian Strayer as the narrator, in addition to Keith Mattingly, David Faehner, Frances Faehner, Monique Pittman, Ante Jeroncic, Hyveth Williams, Joseph Greig, Ronald Knott, Zackery Babb and Alejandra Castillo.

This live presentation of reader’s theater differs from traditional theater in that the voice, rather than blocking and costuming, carries the drama. The script is read rather than memorized, resulting in a directed, well-rehearsed dramatic presentation.

The production is directed by Olivia Ruiz-Knott in partial fulfillment of her Senior Honors Thesis.

Easter Choral Concert

The Andrews University Singers and Chorale, under the direction of Stephen Zork, will perform their annual Easter concert on Saturday, April 4, at 8 p.m., in the Howard Performing Arts Center. No tickets are required.

The concert will feature the premier of a choral piece written by Andrews University student and composer Michael Momohara titled, “My Plea.” The text of the piece was written by WWII Japanese internment camp survivor Mary T. Matsuzawa.

“Our music will celebrate Christ’s healing touch and teaching ministry,” says Zork. “Pieces such as ‘By Peter’s House’ by Brad Lehman and ‘This House of Peace’ by Ralph Johnson express the pathos experienced by Jesus Christ in the events leading up to His death.”

The ensembles will also perform “God So Loved the World” by Bob Chilcott, “Crucifixus” by Antonio Lotti, “Prayer of Gratitude & Psalm 150” by Andrew Bleckner (sung in Hebrew and English) and “Gloria Dios” by Ariel Ramirez (sung in Spanish).

Soloists for the event include Charles Reid, tenor; Carrie Vandenburgh, soprano; Christina Gibson, flute; and Mowa Mowa, cello.

For information on this and other upcoming concerts, visit

Gymnics Travel the World

The Andrews University Gymnics recently performed at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis during halftime of the Indiana Pacers' game on March 12.

It is hardly the only time the Gymnics, a noncompetitive gymnastics team at the Berrien Springs' college, has been on a big stage.

<<< Read the full story in the Herald-Palladium >>>

Kingsway College Alumni Meeting

Calling ALL Kingsway College Alumni--Save the date: March 28


See flyer for more details


Do you hate filing for financial aid?  Do you wish someone would walk you through it? 

From March 30 to April 10, the SFS lobby will turn into a full-service financial aid station.  Financial aid advisors and trained staff will be there to walk you through your financial aid requirements for the 2015-2016 school year.  No appointments are necessary.  If you need to turn in a Financial Information sheet, download one at this link, and bring it with you.


Thursday, March 26, 2015

Pathfinder Leadership Training

Pathfinder Leadership, AYMT Instructor seminars held in the PMC Junior 1 classroom.

The new AYMT certificate for Teen Leaders in Training and Pathfinder staff.  There is no registration or fee required. 

March 27, 5:45pm, EDUC 230 Teaching AY Honors

March 27, 7:15pm, EDUC 212 Practical Application for Teaching Investiture Achievement in a Large Club

March 27, 2:30pm, EDUC Teaching the Pathfinder AY Curriculum

March 27, 4:00pm, EDUC 200 Teaching Investiture Achievement

March 27, 5:30pm, Teaching a Specific Honor

April 3, 5:45pm, EDUC 003 Understanding Learning Styles

April 3, 7:15pm,  Teaching a Specific Honor

April 4, 2:30pm,  EDUC 002 Understanding Teaching Styles

April 4, 4:00pm,  EDUC 004 Understanding Multiple Intelligence

Spring Blood Drive

Come give blood on Wednesday, April 8 from 10:30 am - 4:30 pm.  Everyone who gives blood gets a coupon for a free large one topping pizza from Papa Johns. Appointments are preferred go to Come donate blood and save lives.

What Is Going On Here?

What Is Going On Here?
Answers for our world today

In this exciting seminar you will discover that Bible prophecy provides messages of hope for all people! You will find assurance and strength knowing that God is in control during these uncertain times. More importantly, you will discover that the Bible provides the answers to life's most challenging questions. Discover how you can find true hope and lasting stability in your own life. We'll see you there!

This seminar is presented in three sessions (see dates below).

Tim Arena
Lynn Bryson

April 7, 10, & 11; 7 p.m. 

Stevensville Adventist Community Center
6657 Stevensville-Baroda Road
Stevensville, MI 49127



For more information: 

Click the link below for additional information about speakers and the titles of the three sessions.

2015 Cuba Study Tour Outreach Report

Join us in the Seminary Chapel on Thursday, April 2 at 11:30am to hear stories and see photos of the spring break 2015 Cuba Study Tour. We will talk about how God used our evangelistic efforts to reach the people of communist Cuba as well as how the Bikes for Cuba and Tablets for Cuba fundraisers changed the lives of the people we met there. Worship credit for Seminary students will be provided. Be there! 

Madagascar Study Tour

Ready to Quit Smoking?

Lakeland Health is offering a free six-week smoking cessation program in Niles, St. Joseph, and Watervliet to help community members kick their tobacco habit for good. Led by tobacco treatment specialist Margaret Clayborn, classes are one hour each, and smokers are invited to attend one session, or all six. Each session is different and will cover the following topics:

  • Preparing to quit
  • Coping with the urge to use
  • Long-term benefits of not using tobacco
  • Medications and usages
  • Living tobacco-free
  • Overcoming relapse

Mondays, April 13 to May 18
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Lakeland Hospital, Niles
Health Resource Library
31 N. St. Joseph Avenue

Tuesdays, April 14 to May 19
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Lakeland Medical Center, St. Joseph
Community Room
1234 Napier Avenue

Thursdays, April 16 to May 21
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Lakeland Hospital, Watervliet
Classroom A
400 Medical Park Drive

To learn more, call (269) 927-5403 or email Visit or find Lakeland Health on Facebook or Twitter for more classes and events.

Children's Leadership Conference 2015

Join the Kids' Center @ CYE at the 3rd annual Children's Leadership Conference April 17-19, 2015! If you love sharing Jesus with children, this weekend event is perfect for you! Come out and learn how to "Use Your Gifts" for Christ as we explore traditional and creative ministry techniques.  Weekend presenters include Sherri Uhrig, Rocio Rojas, Ben Roy, and Mike Edge. Workshops will also be offered for Master Guide training and Hispanic ministries.  Register by February 1, 2015 to take advantage of our great Early Bird Pricing: $69 for students & $49 for adults.  

For more information, visit our website:

Lebanon Mission Trip

Two more team members are urgently needed for the Middle East mission trip.

If you are mission-minded and have an interest in learning about missions in the Muslim world, consider the Lebanon study tour/mission trip. For 6 religion credits you can spend three weeks in Lebanon serving and learning at the cross-roads of the Middle East. Deadline is fast approaching. Contact Glenn Russell (269-87607657 or for more information. 


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Clear As Black

by Jenna Neil

Adriana Monsalve, a 2008 Andrews University photography graduate, has been working on a series of photos titled Clear As Black. The series features people from Puerto Rico who have albinism, a condition that refers to little or no pigment in the eyes, skin or hair. Her work was recently featured in the Washington Post in an article by Nicole Crowder.

“Through the series I hope to dispel misconceptions of people with albinism by highlighting the fact that they are people before albinos,” she says.

Monsalve came up with the concept for Clear As Black after living in Puerto Rico for three months. Puerto Rico has the highest prevalence of albinism and Hermansy-Pudlak Syndrome (HPS) in the world. HPS is a rare disease that occurs most commonly in albinos in a variety of ways. HPS 1 and HPS 3 are the most common in the population of Puerto Rico and can include platelet dysfunction and fibrotic lung disease.

“I came up with ‘Clear as Black’ because I felt it represented exactly what it was that I had been seeing for three months in Puerto Rico,” Monsalve explained in the Washington Post article: “White people that are black, and black people that are white and all the visual representations of that.”

Monsalve was hesitant at first to do the series because it forced her to tackle her own story of being classified based on looks. She is fair skinned but Hispanic and Black.

“By looking at me you will not know what I am,” she said in the article. “I am white, but I am black. Slowly the personal side of this story kept gnawing at me more and more, and before I knew it this project was about me. Through this series, I discovered who I am genetically.”

Monsalve wants society to break away from the narrative of seeing people with albinism as “other” and highlight the fact that they are fundamentally people.

“They are people with a condition called albinism and they live interesting lives just like you and me,” she says, “full of layers and puberty, racism and prejudice, romance and break-ups, academic achievements and religious views, family drama and everything else that makes them a whole person.”

She began her project in June of 2013 and it’s still ongoing.

“At some point it will be finished,” she commented. “But I feel like there are so many layers and this is just the surface. The way I work is long-term and in-depth. I don’t feel that it will reach fruition for another ten years or so.”

Monsalve recommends supporting organizations that work with albinos and encourages everyone to consider doing so. She plans on working on other projects while continuing to work on Clear As Black.

To read the Washington Post article, click here. To view more of Adriana’s work, visit or follow her on Twitter @fotofolife or Instagram @amfoto.

Computing History

Andrews Computing History Still Alive and Well in Seattle

For a long period of our history, there was only one computer on the campus of Andrews University. In 1973, Andrews switched from a succession of early IBM computers and card equipment to a Xerox Sigma 6. The 1972 computer selection committee report is a classic and copies still exist on various Adventist college campuses. That report studied several computing options in detail and recommended the acquisition of the Sigma 6 with 256 KB of main memory, 100 MB of disk storage, and 16 communication lines. It also recommended hiring a full-time systems programmer.

Xerox entered the mainframe computer business in 1969 with the billion-dollar acquisition of the real-time computer company Scientific Data Systems or SDS. SDS served a niche market, which included NASA, power companies, high-energy physics and airline flight simulators. Their Sigma line was well suited for general business computing, including time-sharing, and was making inroads into the university market. However, Xerox never achieved recognition as dwarf status (IBM was “Snow White” and the other computer companies were the “Seven Dwarfs”). Xerox had no idea how to even manage a computer company. In 1975, after a campaign saying how they wouldn’t “love you and leave you,” Xerox left the mainframe computer business with many high-valued contracts on the table.

System software was free in those days. The Sigma 6 came with the long-delayed UTS (Universal Time-Sharing System) operating system whose name was soon changed to CP-V or Control Program-fiVe to help ameliorate some of the bad press garnered over the years. CP-V is an event-driven, real-time operating system that was ahead of its time in many ways, such as security and programs running seamlessly across multiple access modes like online or batch.

Andrews hired George Plue as the systems programmer. However, George’s job soon expanded from just software programming to helping engineers assigned to fix the hardware. When they couldn’t fix it before leaving for the day, he would fix it at night when they were gone, allowing production to keep running. With Xerox exiting the mainframe computer business, obtaining expansion equipment and good maintenance soon became problematic.

By 1979 the Xerox system had expanded to 512 KB of main memory, 500 MB of disk storage, and 64 communication lines. The new communication lines were designed by George and built internally. Several important decisions were made at that time. Andrews would start providing their own “in-house” maintenance and the computing center would expand with now readily available used equipment. Keith Calkins had been hired in 1978 to replace Dan Bidwell as systems programmer but was soon pressed into hardware service and Dan returned as the programmer. By 1980 the academic and administrative computer systems had been split onto separate Sigma 6/7 computer systems. In 1983 George Plue left for Arizona to provide time-sharing services using Xerox Sigma mainframes for the Ritland family medical practice in Flagstaff, Arizona.

From 1984–1985 Keith and his technical support staff converted the two Andrews mainframe computer systems onto Sigma 9s, which were about 50 percent faster and could handle much more main memory. A cooperative software development and maintenance arrangement with Telefile brought tri-density tape drives to campus. By 1990 similar work with Belo-Box resulted in smaller, higher capacity disk drives.

By 1992, University administration decided to sell the entire collection of Sigma equipment. A few minor details needed to be addressed since George had first right of refusal, plus the Sigmas still ran all the software for the University’s financial and grading systems. Keith Calkins ended up purchasing the 80 tons of equipment and sold to George Plue what he wanted. This time the Sigma 9 had 152 communication lines, with many of those connected to a terminal server providing access to many more. It also had 16 MB of main memory and 4 GB of disk storage.

One of the eight Sigma 9s Andrews University owned came from the University of Southern Mississippi. In November 1985, Robert Moon, Keith Calkins and Jim Massena disassembled it there and loaded it onto a truck for transport. That Sigma 9 CPU (Central Processing Unit) was used for testing within the Andrews computing center. In February 1990 it was sold to George Plue and Keith hauled it out to Flagstaff in a 24' Ryder truck. Since it overheated when the air conditioning failed at the University of Southern Mississippi, George had some challenges getting it to run reliably. It was used until the mid-90s, when the Ritlands converted their business onto personal computers.

George Plue moved back to Berrien Springs in 1997. In late September he gave Keith a call and said he wanted to write an emulator for the Sigma computer. Keith came right over with diagnostics code and within a month they were running the CP-V operating system. In December, George went back to Arizona to convert his backup tapes. During the spring of 1998 Keith added the decimal instructions and George added floating point. They also added large memory and terminal support. The emulator was a project that stretched all their hardware, software and personal computer knowledge. The emulator was also instrumental in helping to preserve the software to this time; since many “permanent” save tapes had been scratched.

Although George never bothered to finish a degree at Andrews he was inspirational to many, providing technical support in the pursuit of their education. Dan Bidwell obtained his PhD by porting the C language onto the Sigma and utilizing its real-time capabilities to precisely time differences in code optimization schemes. Jim Wolfer obtained his PhD in image processing, another area of interest to George. Keith Calkins obtained his PhD in metrology, the study of measure, in part due to extensive work with statistics on the Sigmas. Devin Zimmerman obtained his doctorate in medicine while honing his diagnostic skills repairing terminals and writing code.

George died in 2010 but had already made contact with the Living Computer Museum (LCM). The LCM is the brainchild of Paul Allen, cofounder of Microsoft with Bill Gates, and thus about the 25th richest person in the U.S. George wanted to see CP-V on his Sigma computer kept running and that was consistent with Paul’s goals for the museum. In the fast-paced computer industry it is easy to lose vital parts of our rich heritage.

Stanley Ritland delivered five truckloads of computer equipment from Flagstaff, Arizona, and Berrien Springs, Michigan, to the Seattle museum in 2011. In 2012 the museum contracted with Keith to bring the Sigma 9 back to running order. Keith spent 12 weeks there over the next 2.5 years and in December 2014 LCM announced that the CP-V operating system, a copy of the actual boot tape last used at Andrews University, is running on a Sigma 9 once owned by Andrews University.

CP-V ran Andrews University’s business on Xerox Sigma mainframes for over 20 years, from 1973–94. During the 70s it was also the only computer available for student use. It is thus familiar to many workers and students from that era. The Andrews technical support staff made substantial changes to the operating system, associated processors, languages and hardware over the years, molding it to the many and varied needs of the University. George Plue, Keith Calkins and their technical support staff saved the University more than $2 million by extending the Sigma era into the 1980s and 90s.

This era marked the beginning of a philosophy of Andrews Information Technology staff to provide significant support “in-house” rather than through vendor provided maintenance, resulting in very significant cost savings. It also encouraged a spirit of innovation that still marks the department today.

If you are ever in Seattle, consider stopping by the LCM to see a big part of Andrews computing history running there with many other computers of that era.

Submitted by Keith Calkins



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