Dr. Jiri Moskala has been appointed dean of the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan. In October Dr. Denis Fortin announced his desire to step away from administration in order to return to full-time teaching in the department of theology at the seminary beginning fall 2013. Moskala will become dean on July 1, 2013. Read the full story here.
“49104: The Next Best Place” was the theme for this year’s annual Faculty/Staff awards night, held Sunday, March 3, at the Howard Performing Arts Center. Each year at this event faculty and staff are given recognition through the Years-of-Service Awards, Excellence in Service Awards, Faith Development Leadership Award, Daniel A. Augsburger Excellence in Teaching Awards and Siegfried H. Horn Excellence in Research & Creative Scholarship Awards.
“49104” was an Andrews-themed take on Garrison Keillor's popular radio show, A Prairie Home Companion. It featured all local talent, including live bluegrass music by Five for Grace and a script written by Bruce Closser, Scott Moncrieff and Ivan Davis from the Department of English and Ronald Knott, director of the Andrews University Press. A cast of faculty and staff performed “live” radio skits about life in our little community, “Where all the faculty are strong, all the staff are smart, and all the students are over-performing.” Nicholas Miller, associate professor of church history at the Seminary, was the host for the evening’s performance, and coached the audience on proper British ways of etiquette and pronunciation. The title song, “49104: The Next Best Place,” was a parody written and performed by Knott, based on “Something Good” from The Sound of Music. Dining Services implemented the theme with local food items served from farm stands erected in the Howard Lobby.
Siegfried H. Horn Excellence in Research & Creative Scholarship Award
This award was established in 2011 to honor Siegfried Horn’s legacy of scholarship and contribution to the field of biblical archaeology at Andrews University, and his impact upon the world church and the wider community of scholars. The award was established to recognize the lifetime scholarship achievement of Andrews University faculty members. The chair of the Scholarly Research Council accepts nominations in four separate categories: Arts, Humanities and Education; Pure and Applied Sciences; Professional Programs; and Religion and Theology. Award recipients, who must be associate or full professors and full-time employees for a minimum of five years, are selected by the membership of the Scholarly Research Council.
This year’s recipients were: Fernando Canale, professor of theology & philosophy, Department of Theology & Christian Philosophy; Winston Craig, professor of nutrition, Department of Nutrition & Wellness; Tevni Grajales Guerra, professor of research and statistical methodology, Department of Graduate Psychology & Counseling; and Øystein LaBianca, professor of anthropology, Department of Behavioral Sciences.
Staff Excellence in Service Award
The recipients of this award are hourly or salaried full- or part-time staff who have served for at least three consecutive years, and have not previously received the award. The award is given in recognition of outstanding service to the University, the church and the community, and for demonstrating, by precept and example, a Christ-centered life. This year’s recipients were Cynthia Caballero, secretary, Ruth Murdoch Elementary School; Gregory Offenback, heavy equipment operator, Transportation; and Edelmira Guzman, custodial supervisor, Lamson Hall.
Daniel A. Augsburger Excellence in Teaching Award
Eight faculty members received the Daniel A. Augsburger Excellence in Teaching Award. This award recognizes faculty whose teaching reflects the high standards of excellence modeled by Daniel A. Augsburger in his 60 years of teaching at Andrews University. Augsburger’s leadership, academic rigor, breadth of knowledge, teacher-scholar role, along with care and concern for students, exemplify the best of faculty endeavors. Faculty from each school nominate and choose their individual candidates. This year’s recipients were: Gary Burdick, associate dean of research, School of Graduate Studies & Research; Pedro Navia, professor of Spanish, College of Arts & Sciences; Shelly Perry, associate professor of social work, College of Arts & Sciences; Tom Michaud, instructor of digital media, School of Architecture, Art & Design; Ben Maguad, professor of management, School of Business Administration; Nancy Carbonell, associate professor of counselor education and counseling psychology, School of Education; Richard Show, associate professor of medical laboratory science; and Darius Jankiewicz, associate professor of theology, Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary.
Faith Development Leadership Award
This honor is awarded to any employee, faculty or staff, who has made a significant contribution to the spiritual life of campus. Formerly known as the Spiritual Life Award, instituted in 2005, the name was changed this year. This year’s honoree was Paul Elder, manager of Plant Service. His humbleness is one of the first attributes folks notice about him. Elder leads worship for all his staff every Monday and encourages an open searching heart for Jesus. He believes doing a good job is also leaving a good impression that Jesus makes the difference in your life. He is also an avid supporter of student missionaries and served on the Student Missions Advisory at Andrews University. Elder knows the names of all his staff and students. The students who work in his area said, “He always says hello to us no matter where we are on campus.” He is also engaged in his local church as an elder and Sabbath School teacher and leads out in the mid-week prayer meeting.
35 Years of Service Awards
Daniel Bidwell, senior systems administrator, Information Technology Services
Dan Bidwell started full-time work as a systems administrator at Andrews University in August 1977. He began teaching computer science in 1980 and was a member of the first graduating class in computer science in 1981, receiving a Master of Science. Andrews is grateful for the many contributions Dan has made to so many campus firsts: the first Internet connection, the first fiber optic data cable, and the first WEB server at Andrews, to name a few. Dan was also the first Seventh-day Adventist to receive a doctorate in computer science in 1986.
Gregory Offenback, heavy equipment operator, Transportation
Since 1978, Gregory Offenback has been doing all kinds of heavy lifting, so to speak, at Andrews. From his years of fixing equipment to planting and harvesting crops at the Andrews Farm and Dairy, to his current role as a “jack-of-all-trades” at Transportation, Greg certainly is one of Andrews’ most dedicated caretakers. The next time you enjoy a snow-free parking lot or a recently filled-in pothole, you have Greg to thank!
30 Years of Service Awards
Daniel Cress, director of servers & networks, Information Technology Services
Daniel Cress and his work can be characterized by the words quality, vision, innovation, research, planning and service. His vision, research and innovation have significantly impacted Andrews University: from planning and developing the campus network beginning 20 years ago, to finding technology to connect outlying buildings, designing and engineering the Seminary classrooms, and so much more.
Meredith Jones-Gray, professor of English, Department of English
Andrews University is a place of significance for Meredith Jones Gray—both professionally and personally. She joined the Department of English faculty 30 years ago; authored a history volume of the University, As We Set Forth, and is working on a second volume; earned three degrees from Andrews, and attended Andrews Academy and Ruth Murdoch Elementary School. And before that, it was the Sutherland House where her parents brought her home from the hospital when she was born.
Barry Wilson, master electrician, Plant Service
Barry Wilson has served Andrews University for 30 years, much of that as a master electrician for Plant Service. His greatest gift is his willingness to respond to any emergency, during his regular hours or in the middle of the night. Barry also represents Andrews in the community as a volunteer fireman. At any time he might be called to help save one of our neighbor’s lives or property.
25 Years of Service Awards
Elynda Bedney, director, Office of Student Financial Services
When you get information from Elynda Bedney, director of Student Financial Services, you know it will be done accurately. Just take a look at the Compliance Reviews from our Federal and State Agencies: the outcome is always the same…an excellent report! Bedney has given 25 years of excellent service to Andrews. Not bound by a time clock, she is there to ensure the enrollment process for financial clearance is handled accurately and timely.
Winston Craig, professor of nutrition and chair, Department of Nutrition & Wellness
Winston Craig has served as a leader in the Department of Nutrition & Wellness for the past 25 years. During his term as chair, he has guided the department through several transitions and been instrumental in developing academic programs. Colleagues and students alike appreciate his great storytelling ability and Christian example. Student comments on course evaluations testify to his excellent teaching and commitment to Christian education.
JoAnn Davidson, professor of theology, Department of Theology & Christian Philosophy
When JoAnn Davidson joined the Department of Theology & Christian Philosophy, it was at a time when women usually taught part-time, lecturing mostly in biblical languages. JoAnn’s assignment in the seminary consisted of teaching theology, that is, an academic area of study, where she had to research her own lectures on various doctrines and deliver them to masters and doctoral students. While students were used to tenors and basses, when this soprano joined, the department rallied behind her and she became what she is now—one of the top professors in the Seminary.
Kathleen Demsky, director, Architecture Resource Center, James White Library
As director of the Architecture Resource Center since 1990, Kathleen Demsky has made it the living room of the School of Architecture, Art & Design, and one of the most inviting and comfortable places to study on campus. She’s also been a leading force in establishing a European study program and the Waldensian Study Tour. As sponsor of the American Institute of Architecture Students and sponsor for Friday evening vespers, she serves students with warmth and Christian character as both a mentor and friend.
Steven Hansen, professor of art, Department of Visual Art & Design
Steven Hansen has been a faculty member at Andrews since 1987—exhibiting a wide variety of artistic interests over the years, beginning with painting then moving on to sculpture, working primarily in clay for the last couple of decades. Most recently he added a renewed interest in art history, beginning research on a manuscript that he hopes will be published in the near future. Held in high regard by colleagues and students alike, one of the key lessons Hansen instills in all he encounters is how “there can be no specific tag placed on what qualifies as ‘art’ in general.”
Herbert Helm, professor of psychology, Department of Behavioral Sciences
For 25 years Herbert Helm has defined the core of our psychology major at Andrews University. Herb’s understanding of the need for research in undergraduate education, his teaching skill, his high standards and the time he spends with students outside of the classroom have resulted in a very high level of student-led research/scholarship in the Department of Behavioral Sciences.
Mildred McGrath, patron services manager, James White Library
Mildred McGrath graciously shares her welcoming smile with patrons of the James White Library, while serving as the “front door” for those seeking library services. She takes a special interest in her student workers and is known for creating a family atmosphere at work, a deep care for her students’ wellbeing, and being dedicated to helping them succeed.
Alan Mitchell, assistant professor of music, Department of Music
“Organized” was a consistent theme for those who reflected on Alan Mitchell’s service to Andrews. It’s an attribute that has endeared him to colleagues and students alike. From coordinating music study and performance tours both domestically and internationally, to conducting the Andrews University Wind Symphony, to teaching countless students pursuing degrees in music education, Alan is greatly respected.
John Reichert, physical education instructor, Andrews Academy
Weeklong backpacking and mountain biking excursions in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina are just some of the ways John Reichert’s emphasis on health and exercise extend beyond the gymnasium. Since 1987, he has been faculty for Andrews Academy’s physical education department. Always looking for ways to improve physical education at Andrews Academy, John has been instrumental in overseeing the renovations of the Academy fitness center, to the benefit of both students and staff.
Dorothy Show, administrative assistant, Department of Old Testament
Over the past 25 years, Dorothy Show has been an amazing, yes, awesome administrative assistant for the Department of Old Testament. Her encyclopedic knowledge and expertise in the various facets of Seminary life are legendary. Professors in the department unfailingly know that when Dorothy is given a job to do, it will be done thoroughly, completely and accurately. No one is unimportant to her—even the little children who come to the office and get one of her famous “stickers!”
Richard Show, assistant professor of medical laboratory sciences, Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences
Richard Show, or Dick as he is fondly known, is a consummate educator who brings a vast amount of clinical experience, practical insight and knowledge to his students. In addition to his teaching, Dick’s gift for instrument troubleshooting and repair has saved the University thousands of dollars over the years by cheerfully repairing donated instruments or fixing instruments that suffered under a little too much enthusiastic student use.
Additionally, the evening offered recognition for employees with 35, 30, 25, 20,15, 10 and 5 Years of Service.
In an effort to continue to follow best practices at Andrews University, a confidential complaint mechanism is available for faculty, staff and students to share concerns, independent of management, about questionable accounting, accounting controls, auditing matters or financial ethical misconduct. If you have a financial concern, you may contact the internal auditor, Sylvia Budd, at 269-471-6503 or email@example.com. You may submit a complaint online via the Internal Auditor’s homepage at www.andrews.edu/services/auditor
Old Testament scholar Moskala was chosen yesterday to serve as dean of the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University, located in the U.S. state of Michigan.
Moskala, who has served at the Seminary since 1996, will fill the role held by current dean Denis Fortin, who last October announced his intention to return to fulltime teaching at the seminary by this autumn. Read the full story here.
A new dean has been named at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University. Jiri Moskala, who has served at the Seminary since 1996, accepted the position most recently held by Denis Fortin. Moskala’s appointment is effective July 1, 2013. In October of 2012, Fortin announced his desire to step away from administration in order to return to full-time teaching in the Department of Theology & Christian Philosophy at the Seminary beginning fall 2013.
“We narrowed it down to five candidates. When the final candidate review was done, it felt like the Lord was leading because there was a definite consensus that emerged on one candidate: Jiri Moskala,” says Ben Schoun, chair of the Andrews University Board of Trustees and a general vice president for the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. “Dr. Moskala is a fine academic scholar and very loyal to the church. I don’t know anyone who can question his commitment to the mission and values that we stand for.”
Moskala presently serves as professor of Old Testament exegesis and theology and chair of the Department of Old Testament at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary. Moskala says of his new appointment, “My vision for the Theological Seminary is to be the light for the world and the theological resource for the church. We are here to serve the worldwide church in various capacities to prepare future church leaders to work and deal with different challenges in order to proclaim the eternal Gospel with conviction, urgency and passion, make a difference for good, and prepare people for the soon second coming of Jesus.”
The Seminary dean is a member of the General Conference International Board of Theological and Ministerial Education, the North American Division Executive Committee and the North American Division Board of Theological and Ministerial Education. Additionally, the dean of the Seminary works closely with leadership from both the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists and the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.
Schoun says, “The Seminary at Andrews University is like a wonderful think-tank for the Adventist church. For those of us in church leadership who are out encouraging the work on the ground to go forward, it’s nice to get the council of the thinkers who are here at the Seminary. It’s a wonderful resource to be able to call upon in these various kinds of church issues.”
“Moskala is someone who comes from a very strong biblical and mission-oriented background,” says Ted Wilson, president of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. “He and his family are very focused on the tremendous task the Lord has given to the Seventh-day Adventist Church and out of that grows his passion for the educational process and mission of the church. It is a blessing to have someone like that heading the Seminary, keeping in front of many theological students, not only the academic side, which is very important, but also the practical mission side as we approach Christ's soon coming.”
Born in Cesky Tesin, Czech Republic, Moskala received a Master of Theology in 1979 and a Doctor of Theology in 1990, all from the Comenius Faculty of Protestant Theology (now Protestant Theological Faculty of Charles University), Czech Republic. In 1998, he completed his Doctor of Philosophy from Andrews University. Moskala began his ministry as a pastor for the Czecho-Slovakian Union, serving in this capacity until 1989. When the Communist regime fell after the Velvet Revolution, he established and served as the first principal of the Theological Seminary in Prague for training pastors. Moskala also served in various other capacities including director of the Life and Health Society, Education Department and Health Department for the Czecho-Slovakian Union.
Moskala has served as a speaker for many Bible conferences and theological symposia in all 13 divisions of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and has lectured at Adventist universities and colleges around the world. He is a member of various theological societies including the Adventist Society for Religious Studies, Adventist Theological Society, Chicago Society of Biblical Research, Society of Biblical Literature, and Society of Christian Ethics.
Moskala has authored or edited a number of articles and books in both Czech and English. In addition, he has participated in several archaeological expeditions in Tell Jalul, Jordan.
Moskala and his wife, Eva Moskalova, have five grown children and three grandchildren. “This is a great honor for the confidence expressed in me, but it also holds a sense of immense responsibility. I feel like Moses in front of the Burning Bush. One of the Bible verses which speaks to me in this situation is Proverbs 16:9: ‘In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.’ But I trust God, because when He calls one to do something, He also provides strength, wisdom, guidance, and constant help. I rely on God’s promise: Isaiah 41:13, I am the Lord your God who took you by your right hand and says to you do not fear, I will help you,” he says.
The Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary
The primary mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary is to prepare ministers and teachers for the Seventh-day Adventist Church. It offers a Master of Divinity; Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry, Religion, Religious Education, and Youth & Young Adult Ministry; dual degrees in Master of Arts in Youth & Young Adult Ministry/Master of Social Work and Master of Divinity/Master of Social Work; and five doctoral programs: Doctor of Ministry; Doctor of Philosophy in Biblical & Ancient Near Eastern Archaeology, Religion, and Religious Education; and Doctor of Theology. The Seminary has seven departments: Christian Ministry, Church History, Discipleship & Religious Education, New Testament, Old Testament, Theology & Christian Philosophy, and World Mission. It also offers learning opportunities to students through several centers and institutes such as: Center of Continuing Education for Ministry, Institute of Church Ministry, Institute of Hispanic Ministry, Greek Manuscript Research Center, the Institute of Archaeology, and Institute of Jewish-Christian Studies. In addition, the Seminary works in close association with the North American Division Evangelism Institute (NADEI), the Center for Youth Evangelism, and the Seventh-day Adventist Institute of World Mission.
The Seminary is one of the most ethnically and linguistically diverse seminary campuses in North America with about 550 students studying on the main campus and an additional 750 attending Seminary classes offered at extension sites in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. The Seminary holds full accreditation from the Adventist Accrediting Association, the Association of Theological Schools and the Higher Learning Commission.
Just in time for tax season, Andrews University has launched an informational page regarding Form 1098T. Every January, the University mails form 1098T to students who were charged qualified tuition and fees in the prior calendar year. Often though, students and parents have questions about what's on the form, as well as what's not on the form. In an effort to answer some of the common questions, the Office of Student Financial Services and the Office of Financial Records have teamed up to create a 1098T FAQ page. The direct URL is: www.andrews.edu/future/financing/sidebar/1098t_info.html.
If you're looking for your 1098T, you can view and print a copy at: www.andrews.edu/go/my1098T.
The STEM Division in the College of Arts & Sciences, comprised of the Department of Biology, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Department of Mathematics and Department of Physics, now has Rachel Boothby serving as the first STEM division enrollment coordinator. STEM, which stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, is a growing initiative at Andrews. STEM offers a unique experience for students integrating the scholastic resources and practices of larger state universities with an environment that fosters spiritual development. Read full story.
For a limited time, Dining Services will be offering family-style meals that contain a delicious entrée coupled with the perfect side item, salad with dressing, and a dessert or bread. Gourmet To-Go can be ordered weekly until Wednesdays at noon for pick up on Friday afternoon. One take-out meal is designed to feed a group of 4 and is $24.99. We will be sending a weekly email, each Friday morning detailing menus, ordering information and pick-up time and location.
Please email us if you would like to be put on the Friday morning email list for Gourmet To-Go. You can visit our website for more information about this new program.
To promote a healthy body image and increase awareness about eating disorders on our community, the Andrews University Counseling & Testing Center will be sponsoring several events during the National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (February 24 – March 2, 2013).
Tuesday, February 26
11:30 a.m., Buller Hall, Room 149
Leilani Langdon and LaKeSha Morris will be offering the educational workshop “Self-esteem, Body-image, and Eating Disorders” during the Tuesday Choices program. Come and learn about the link between the way you think and feel about your body, your mood, and eating habits. Find out where you can find help for yourself or for your loved one. This program is open to students.
The Counseling and Testing Center is also sponsoring an art exhibition titled “Celebrating Every Body.” Students are invited to submit works of art that reflect this theme. A panel of counselors will select pieces to be exhibited at the Campus Center during our Awareness Event and will award prices to the three pieces that best represent this theme (Amazon.com gift cards for $75, $50, and $25, respectively). Visit andrews.edu/ctcenter for more information about how to submit your work of art.
Thursday, Feb. 28
12-3 p.m., Counseling & Testing Center
Faculty, staff, and students are welcomed to participate during our Awareness Event on Thursday, February 28, 2013, from 12-3 p.m. We’ll have a “Message Board” where the AU community can post messages of acceptance and encouragement. The selected works of art reflecting the theme “Celebrating Every Body” will be on display, including the award winners. Also, the Counseling & Testing Center will have information about eating disorders and will be offering in-person screenings.
The eating disorder screening consists of a brief, anonymous questionnaire designed to provide students with insight into symptoms they might be experiencing and receive helpful treatment and referral information, if necessary. In addition to in-person screenings during the Awareness Event, students can access an anonymous screening online at http://www.mentalhealthscreening.org/screening/andrews
Come, participate, and help in promoting a healthy body image and greater awareness of eating disorders in our community. For more information, contact Luis G. C. Ortega, LPC, NCC at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Berrien Springs, Mich.—As national debates intensify over how to effectively safeguard our educational institutions against future acts of violence, Professional Adventists for Safety and Security (PASS) is preparing for their third annual meeting, to be held in July 2013. PASS was organized in 2010 to bring together safety and security professionals serving at Seventh-day Adventist schools, hospitals and other institutions to discuss best practices, provide community resources, and maintain an Adventist network of security personal for the distribution of important information.
To date, there has been active involvement in PASS from campus security directors of Oakwood Adventist University, Southern Adventist University, Andrews University and Loma Linda University, and the directors of security at ADRA, the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, and the Review & Herald Publishing Association. Read full story.
Over 700 gathered in a suburb of Chicago, Ill., Feb. 11 & 12, for the One Project. This gathering is designed with one simple focus: Jesus. All. The One Project seeks—through gatherings, conversations, web-based content, and Christ-focused publications—to stimulate preaching, worship, and adoration of Jesus within and through the Seventh-day Adventist Church. It is supported by Andrews University's Office of Campus Ministries and the University Chaplain. During the two-day gathering, a handful of the church’s most dynamic leaders and speakers shared heart-felt Biblically-based reflections, each one thoroughly infused with a focus on Jesus. Following each reflection, there was an opportunity to "Recalibrate" through dialog and group discussion. Learn more about the One Project and future gatherings at the1project.org. (Photos courtesy of Ronald Pollard Photography)
Charles Reid has sung on some of opera's biggest stages, including a nine-season stint with New York's Metropolitan Opera, but Sunday's performance at Andrews University's Howard Performing Arts Center is of particular note in his accomplished singing career. Read the full story here.
When Lewis Eakins learned about the mass shooting at Virginia Tech in 2006, he wanted to increase the level of preparedness for his campus safety officers at Oakwood University.
Eakins, the director of Public Safety at the Adventist university in Huntsville, Alabama, embarked upon a state procedure that allows a private university to create its own police department. The move, he says, has enhanced training and now allows several of his 15 officers to carry a firearm.
Read the rest of the story here.
We are thrilled to see many people joining the BIKES FOR CUBA project. We are happy to report that out of the 50 bikes we need, we have cash or pledges for 20! Praise the Lord. But we still have 30 to go. If you want to participate in giving the “tool of a lifetime” to a Bible worker or pastor, mark your PMC envelope as “Bikes for Cuba” or bring your check to the Master of Divinity Office. On behalf of all the Bible workers and Pastors who will receive bicycles, thank you!
Come along for a Ride! Want to participate in our Study Tour to Cuba? This Spring break, a group of students sponsored by the Master of Divinity program will travel to Cuba to lead out in 5 evangelistic meetings.
Here is how you can participate:
Bible workers in Cuba go from place to place on foot. With long distances to cover and hot weather, it makes it difficult to reach their Bible interests. To this end, we are raising funds to buy 30 bicycles for these Bible workers. Each bicycle costs about $150. Here is your opportunity (or team up with a friend) to sponsor a bicycle. We already have commitments for 13 bikes!
How about giving the “gift/tool of a lifetime” to a Cuban Bible worker? Here's how:
- If you attend PMC, you can write in the tithe envelope and in the subject line of your check: “Bikes for Cuba.”
- Drop a check at the Master of Divinity office in the Seminary.
Contact Fernando Ortiz for more information email@example.com.
On behalf of the 30 Bible workers who will receive bicycles, thank you!
As national debates intensify over how to effectively safeguard our educational institutions against future acts of violence, Professional Adventists for Safety and Security (PASS) is preparing for their third annual meeting, to be held in July 2013. PASS was organized in 2010 to bring together safety and security professionals serving at Seventh-day Adventist schools, hospitals and other institutions to discuss best practices, provide community resources, and maintain an Adventist network of security personal for the distribution of important information. Read full story.
For those that have consented to only receive their Form W-2 electronically, please follow the instructions below to access your 2012 W-2. A paper form will NOT be sent to you.
If you did not consent, your paper W-2 will be mailed before January 31. You may also access the electronic version by following the instructions below.
Instructions to Access Your 2012 W-2
- Go to www.andrews.edu/goto/myW2
- Login with your Andrews username and password
- Click on "W-2 Wage and Tax Statement"
- Select tax year 2012 and click “Display”
- IMPORTANT: Follow instructions for printing
Andrews University will host Adventist Engaged Encounter (AEE) on the weekend of March 1–3, 2013. This is an enrichment weekend for engaged and recently married couples, which offers insights, tools and confidence to develop their relationships and strengthen their commitment to one another.
There are three main aspects to AEE’s programming: fellowship with other recently engaged and newly married couples; teaching by marriage mentors; and personal communication and connection development with one’s partner.
For many, attending an AEE weekend is one of the most significant experiences of their courtship or early marriage. Erin Castelbuono said, “AEE taught us a different way to communicate more efficiently for our marriage. From this weekend, I became more aware of my husband’s emotions and feelings. I would positively and certainly recommend AEE to anyone who is getting married or who is recently married.”
For registration information, contact the Undergraduate Leadership Program at Andrews University at firstname.lastname@example.org or 269-471-6636. Registration fees are $50 if at least one attendee is an Andrews student and $85 for non-students.
Spring graduation, scheduled for the weekend of May 3-5, 2013, marks a significant scheduling change. In order to make more seating available for graduates' families, Commencement services on Sunday, May 5, have been split into three separate services:
School of Health Professions
Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary
11 a.m.-1 p.m.
College of Arts & Sciences
Department of Agriculture
Department of Aviation
School of Architecture, Art & Design
School of Business Administration
School of Distance Education
School of Education
The fall 2012 Dean's List, originally posted online on Jan. 29, 2013, was incorrect. It omitted the names of students within the new School of Health Professions, School of Architecture, Art & Design, the Department of Aviation and the Department of Agriculture. The updated list has an additional 96 names. The updated fall 2012 Dean's List can be found at www.andrews.edu/news/2013/01/Deans_List.html.
If you felt your name was omitted in error, please contact the dean of your respective school/college to determine your eligibility.
All issues of Envision, a Christian collegiate lifestyle publication produced entirely by students, are now available online! Visit envisionmagazine.com to download.
Andrews University has announced the names of undergraduate students appearing on the dean's list for fall semester 2012. Read full story.
Area experts are skeptical new mental health measures will reduce gun violence, though they welcome President Obama's proposals to prevent, detect and treat mental illness.
The skepticism is rooted in the fact that the majority of violent crimes are not committed by people with a mental illness, including bipolar disorders, chronic depression and schizophrenia.
"It's important for the public to realize that mental illness does not equate with dangerous violence," said Duane McBride, chairman of the Department of Behavioral Sciences at Andrews University and chairman of the Berrien County Board of Health. Read full story.
Thursday, Jan. 31
11:30 a.m. Chapel—Pioneer Memorial Church
“Crucial Moments: An Introduction”
Featuring students Obed Zamore, Jameel Ali, Douglas DeMills
Friday, Feb. 1
7:30 p.m. University Vespers, Dan Jackson, President, North American Division
Pioneer Memorial Church
9 p.m. Impact—University Towers Auditorium
Sabbath, Feb. 2
11:45 a.m. New Life Fellowship—Seminary Chapel
5:30 p.m. Andrews University Advent Youth Service—University Towers Auditorium
Tuesday, Feb. 5
11:30 a.m. Tuesday Choices
“Implications and Impact of the Emancipation Proclamation”
Kathryn Silva Banks, assistant professor of history—Buller Hall, Room 250
“Breaking the Bonds: The Enduring Legacy of Slavery for the Black Man”
Trevor O’Reggio, associate professor of church history—Buller Hall, Room 251
Friday, Feb. 8
7:30 p.m. University Vespers
Carlton P. Byrd, Breath of Life Speaker/Director
Pioneer Memorial Church
Sabbath, Feb. 9
9 a.m. Worship Service, Carlton P. Byrd—Pioneer Memorial Church
10:30 a.m. Sabbath School—Pioneer Memorial Church
11:45 a.m. Worship Service, Carlton P. Byrd—Pioneer Memorial Church
Friday, Feb. 15
7 p.m. BSAS Vespers—Seminary Chapel
9 p.m. Impact—University Towers Auditorium
Sabbath, Feb. 16
11:45 a.m. New Life Fellowship, African Day—Seminary Chapel
4 p.m. “The Power of Sum,” Deliverance Mass Choir, Journey and others—Howard Performing Arts Center
Tuesday, Feb. 19
11:30 a.m. Tuesday Choices
“From ‘Jim Crow’ Laws to the March on Washington," Kathryn Silva-Banks, assistant professor of history—Buller Hall, Room 250
“Does Affirmative Action Create Job Search Equality?” Tim Nixon, associate chaplain, and Leilani Langdon, career coordinator/counselor—Buller Hall, Room 251
Friday, Feb. 22
7 p.m. BSAS Vespers—Seminary Chapel
9 p.m. Impact—University Towers Auditorium
Sabbath, Feb. 23
11:45 a.m. New Life Fellowship, Caribbean Day—Seminary Chapel
Tuesday, Feb. 26
10:30 a.m. BSAS Seminary Forum, Ron C. Smith, president, Southern Union—Seminary Chapel
11:30 a.m. Tuesday Choices
“Historical Implications of Current Events Such as the Election of Barack Obama," Kathryn Silva-Banks, assistant professor of history—Buller Hall, Room 250
“Is America Truly Post-racial?” Spencer Carter, director/dean, Meier Hall, and Edward Woods III—Buller Hall, Room 251
May 6-31, 2013
Experience the excitement of earning 6 credits on a 4 week tour of Central Europe! In addition to classwork, this tour to Poland and Czech Republic will include business field trips in which you will discover the similarities and differences of organizations in other countries. The tour will also include sightseeing excursions to various locations, including ancient castles, salt mines, and a trip to the Auschwitz concentration camp.
BSAD297 Cross-Cultural Business Communication (3 credits)
ECON225 Principles of Macroeconomics (3 credits)
(Non-business students may take BSAD297 as a general elective & ECON225 as a Social Science general education requirement for your degree)
Tour forms are due February 15 (except the financial clearance form which is due by April 5.)
Visit www.andrews.edu/sba/tour or contact Jen Birney at email@example.com or 269-471-3632.
Keep connected with volunteer opportunities, audition times, rehearsals and much more! Sign up for the Passion Play newsletter by visiting www.andrews.edu/passionplay.
The email addresses for financial advisors in the Office of Student Financial Services have changed. Please make note in your directory.
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May 6-27, 2013
From May 6-27 the Department of Religion is arranging an Evangelistic Field Trip to Cuba. Theology students and teachers as well as some former students, now ministers, will conduct evangelistic campaigns in various churches in the Eastern part of Cuba, and general education students will participate with public health
presentations, children program and more. Attached is the more detailed tour plan. There is still room for a couple of general education students who want to serve and share in this potentially mind and life changing experience.
Take a religion class and travel to the ancient home of the Waldenses in the Piedmonts of Northern Italy June 6-14, 2013.
All costs for the trip are covered by registration for this summer course RELG 360-04 (the cost is the same as a 3 credit class on Andrews campus, plus a $250 travel fee--the travel fee is subject to change).
Persons who wish to take this 3 credit class will need to contact Professor Kathleen Demsky, director of the Architecture Resource Center (ph. 471-2418/email - email@example.com).
Students will meet with Professor Demsky for 7 class periods * during spring semester in order to study the history and have a background on this ancient people of faith. This is a summer class and registration takes place at the end of the spring semester. (*These times will be determined according to student preference/schedules.)
In June we will journey to the sacred sites in the Piedmont Alps of Northern Italy - The purpose for the study of this topic is to bring to the student not only the historical and spiritual perspective, but also a personal experience of faith.
On Dec. 9, 2012, 73 individuals from around the country gathered in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to set sail on the Center for Youth Evangelism’s fifth Cruise with a Mission (CWM). Each year, this young adult focused mission-trip-meets-vacation aims to cultivate a lifestyle of connecting with God and building Christian community through on-board worships, community building experiences, and mission projects at ports visited on the trip.
Ryan Simpson, Southern New England Conference Young Adult Ministries director, was the featured speaker for the 2012 cruise and shared daily worship thoughts. Simpson’s dynamic and personal messages encouraged young adults to get “On-board with God,” despite the storms in our lives. Melody Ilacas, a young adult who attended the trip, commented that Simpson’s messages “reminded us that storms help to build our character.”
During the missions aspect of the trip cruisers were offered diverse opportunities. Mission ports included Ocho Rios, Jamaica; Georgetown, Cayman Islands; and Mohogony Bay, Honduras. This year the group brought 100 gallons of paint with them for three painting projects. Other options at port included light construction projects, landscaping and cleanup, as well as a Vacation Bible School.
If you’re looking for a vacation that focuses on service, try Cruise with a Mission. Cruise with a Mission 2013 embarks September 15–22, 2013 to the beautiful state of Alaska. Early-bird registration is now open at www.cye.org/cwm.
A new group of students from Korea arrived on campus in the early hours of December 27. The students spent 10 days reviewing for the English Language Test. They begin spring semester taking classes toward their BBA in Management in the School of Business Administration. They are transfer students who anticipate completing their degrees within 2 years. Welcome!
The Andrews University Cardinal men’s and women’s basketball teams did more than shoot baskets this season. In light of the holidays, the teams took a timeout to lift others up with Christmas carols, gifts and laughter during a recent tournament at La Sierra University in Riverside, Calif.
The Andrews teams were at La Sierra for their first-time participation in the university’s Holiday Tournament. From December 15–17, the Cardinals played games against other Adventist institutions including La Sierra University, Pacific Union College, and Oakwood University.
On the second day of the tournament, the coaching staff and players loaded onto the buses to go caroling and give gifts to needy families in the area.
“We wanted to do a special outreach project in the community,” says Dave Jardine, men’s head basketball coach and director of athletics at Andrews University. “Prior to the tournament, I contacted the La Sierra University Church looking for three families we could carol and bring gifts to. We got the names of three families: two with five children each and one with two children.”
That evening, the 30 student athletes and five coaching staff polished up their caroling skills. When they visited each family, Jardine briefly introduced the group while the players handed out gifts and sang carols. The Cardinals took special requests like Jingle Bells and Silent Night, and even attempted a rendition of The 12 Days of Christmas (skipping only a few days, laughs Jardine).
“When the families heard us coming, I’m pretty sure they expected a typical group of singers... Boy, were they wrong. We spiced up every song we sang and it was great to see their expressions,” says Kenny Dupont, freshmen forward on the men’s team. “It’s an experience we won’t forget and neither will they.”
One of the three families made a particularly lasting impression on the Cardinals. After singing and handing out gifts to the five children, the oldest of the siblings hugged Jardine and kept saying, ‘Thank you, thank you.” His mother had asked earlier if they could not give the children gifts that night so they’d have something to open on Christmas morning.
“We knew how much they needed and decided to give them gifts that night as well as extra for Christmas Day,” says Jardine.
The children received gifts like backpacks, basketballs and gift cards.
The players enjoyed giving nearly as much as the children enjoyed receiving. “It showed me how much fun and enjoyable it can be to give something to someone else,” says Cliff Allen, starting center for the men’s team.
“It made me smile and feel better to see the families light up with joy,” recalls Janessa Sorrells, guard for the women’s team. “It’s the little things we do to help others that matter most.”
This was the first time both teams have gone caroling as an outreach event, but it won’t be the last, says Jardine.
-Written by Ashleigh Jardine
Sabbath, Jan. 5
10:30 a.m., Nethery Hall, Room 143
At the Journey Through the New Testament Sabbath School class this Sabbath, January 5, we will conclude the book of Acts with a discussion on “Insights for Today from the Book of Acts.” Discussion will be led by Dr. Jane Thayer, associate professor of religious education, emerita. Next Sabbath we begin our study of the book of Romans. Reading cards for second semester will be distributed across campus early next week and may be available at Pioneer Memorial Church this Sabbath. Check with the visitor stations. For more information on Journey Through the New Testament, including the list of daily readings, go to https://sites.google.com/site/anyplaceparish.
Andrews University is getting some recognition from U.S. News & World Report, landing 11th on its "Overperforming Schools in the Nation" list. Read and listen to the full story.
The Christmas season has arrived at Andrews University! From office parties to putting up decorations, campus has been bustling with holiday cheer.
In light of the school shooting that occurred on Friday, Dec. 14 in Newtown, Conn., the Office of Campus Safety would like to share an active shooter resource card with campus. This active shooter information card offers a guide on how to respond to an active shooter, as well as coping, profile and characteristics of an active shooter. This resource is from the Department of Homeland Security.
Additionally, the Department of Homeland Security funded the informational video Run. Hide. Fight.: Surviving an Active Shooter. This "How To" video on surviving a shooter event depicts a fictional shooting incident at an office building/
Andrews University was recently ranked #11 on U.S. News & World Report’s Overperforming Schools in the Nation list, with an overall score of +75. This concept measures the degree to which a university’s overall position in the rankings exceeds or falls short of its undergraduate academic reputation rank.
This was the magazine’s first-ever analysis of colleges in the national universities ranking category that are overperforming or underperforming their undergraduate academic reputations in terms of their overall Best Colleges 2013 rankings.
“This report appears to support the reality that small private/Christian institutions can—and often do—offer an environment of excellence and nurturing where students thrive and succeed, often beyond what might be expected,” says Andrea Luxton, provost of Andrews University. “However, it is also difficult for smaller institutions to find the resources to communicate that value widely, which inevitably leads to an underestimation of value. As far as Andrews is concerned, this report recognizes that our quality programs are very competitive with some of the best institutions in the nation.”
In the study, the schools that were ranked, which include Andrews University, performed well in key academic metrics such as selective admissions, financial and faculty resources, alumni giving, and graduation and retention rates. Andrews University was the only institution in the Seventh-day Adventist educational system to be recognized as an overperforming university.
“With the additional value of the element of our Christian community, we have a winning combination!” says Luxton.
Earlier this year, Andrews University made a few other U.S. News & World Report college ranking lists too. With a diversity index of .73, the University tied for 4th in Campus Ethnic Diversity and with 13% of our student body composed of international students, Andrews tied for 9th in Most International Students.
Other overperforming universities include: Adelphi University, N.Y. (#1); Ashland University, Ohio (#2); University of St. Thomas, Minn. (#3); Stevens Institute of Technology, N.J. (#4); St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, Minn. (#5); Azusa Pacific University, Calif. (#6); Edgewood College, Wis. (#7); University of Tulsa, Okla. (#8); Yeshiva University, N.Y. (#9); Biola University, Calif. (#10); St. John Fisher College, N.Y. (#12); South Carolina State University, S.C. (#13); University of La Verne, Calif. (#14) and Maryville University of St. Louis, Mo. (#15).
For more information on the rankings, visit http://www.usnews.com/education/blogs/college-rankings-blog/2012/11/29/which-ranked-universities-are-doing-better-than-their-academic-reputations.
Dailey & Vincent, a bluegrass band, performs "A Bluegrass Christmas" on Saturday at Andrews University's Howard Performing Arts Center. Read the full story here.
U.S. News has published a first-ever analysis of colleges in their National Universities ranking category that are overperforming or underperforming their undergraduate academic reputations in terms of their overall Best Colleges 2013 rankings. This concept measures the degree to which a university's overall position in the rankings exceeds or falls short of its undergraduate academic reputation rank. Andrews University is named on that list. Read the full story.
Monday, Dec. 17, 2012 to Friday, Jan. 4, 2013
The Office of Campus Safety will be conducting routine tests of the fire alarm and sprinkler suppression systems from Monday, Dec. 17, 2012 to Friday, Jan. 4, 2013. These tests are required by the State of Michigan. Both tests will cause the building’s fire alarm system to activate with both visual and audible notifications. During this test period only, if a fire alarm activates in your building and lasts for less than 2 minutes, disregard the alarm. If an alarm is activated for a real emergency during the test period, the Office of Campus Safety will respond immediately and start the evacuation process. The alarm will continue to sound until the emergency has been resolved.
The annual test of the sprinkler system (visual and audible only; no water) will take place in the following buildings:
- Andrews Academy
- Airpark—Seamont Building
- Buller Hall
- Burman Hall
- Campus Center
- Chan Shun Hall
- Damazo Hall
- Halenz Hall
- Harrigan Hall
- Haughey Hall
- Howard Performing Arts Center
- James White Library
- Nethery Hall
- Price Hall
- Ruth Murdoch Elementary School
Seminary (Tan Hall)
The annual test of the fire alarm system will affect the following buildings:
- Administration Building
- Airpark—Seamont Building
- Airpark—Simulator Building
- Andrews Academy
- Architecture Building
- Art & Design Center
- Beaty Pool/Johnson Gym
- Bell Hall
- Buller Hall
- Burman Hall
- Campus Center
- Chan Shun Hall
- Damazo Hall
- Garland Apartment Building A
- Garland Apartment Building C
- Griggs Hall/Lake Union Building
- Halenz Hall
- Hamel Hall
- Harrigan Hall
- Haughey Hall
- Horn Museum
- Howard Performing Arts Center
- Information Services Building
- James White Library
- Lamson Hall
- Marsh Hall
- Meier Hall
- Nethery Hall
- Physical Therapy Building
- Pioneer Memorial Church
- Power Plant (HVAC)
- Price Hall
- Ruth Murdoch Elementary School
- Seminary (Tan Hall)
- Smith Hall
- University Medical Center
The administrative suite located on the third floor of the Administration Building will have disruptions in service this week due to installation of new carpeting.
Support staff will be working Tuesday, Dec. 4 through Friday, Dec. 7, to temporarily relocate their furniture and phone lines to AD307.
Staff members temporarily relocating to AD307 are:
- Dalry Payne, Office of the President
- Mimi Weithers-Bruce, Office of the Provost
- Loretta Nave, Office of Financial Administration
- Shari Smoot, Office of University Advancement
- Sylvia Budd, Internal Auditor
- Judy Mackie, Office of the General Counsel
- Sarah Kimakwa, Office of Research & Creative Scholarship
Staff should be settled into their temporary office area by Friday, Dec. 7. The work is expected to be completed and staff returned to their regular work areas by January 4, 2013.
Please note: Only support staff will be moving to AD307. Administrators and staff occupying side offices will not relocate.
Thank you for your patience during this time of transition.
C. Adelina Alexe, a graduate student at the Andrews University Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary, is one of twelve winners of a Stewardship Sermon Contest. The contest was open to North American active or retired ministers and graduate ministerial students. More than 100 sermons were submitted. Read full story.
An Andrews University student in the J.N. Andrews Honors Program took home the first place award in her category from the National Collegiate Honors Council Conference held in Boston, Mass., in mid-November. Read full story.
The 2012 issue of Envision has a cover story entitled “G.I. Joe Rivera” which is a profile of a student at Andrews University as well as several other profiles of students. Read the full story
President Niels-Erik Andreasen presented his Board Briefing on Oct. 30 to faculty and staff in the Newbold Auditorium of Buller Hall. Read the full story.
Students from several departments in the Andrews University School of Health Professions kicked off their Christmas season by giving to children around the world through Operation Christmas Child. Sharing the good news of God’s love with hurting boys and girls is the heart of Operation Christmas Child. Along with small presents and personal items for the children, each box contains literature on the gospels, an opportunity for the child to receive Bible lessons and a copy of The Greatest Journey in the child’s native language.
The Department of Physical Therapy became heavily involved when Esther Jones, Collection Center Coordinator for Operation Christmas Child and administrative assistant in the Department of Physical Therapy, and Sarah Hythecker, vice president of the Physical Therapy Class of 2014, set a dream in motion. Hosting a packing party in October and several collection dates between October and November, physical therapy students and staff were able to pack just under 100 boxes. This is the second year that PT has been involved in Operation Christmas Child. Wanting to get more people around campus excited about this ministry, Hythecker invited department chairs from the School of Health Professions to get their students and faculty involved.
Through Chapel announcements and Operation Christmas Child posters hung across campus, students were able to see that just a simple, small gesture could make a big difference. Participation meant packing a shoe box with small gifts, donating $7 online or including it in the box and then dropping it off on the collection days.
“As a physical therapy student my spare time is limited. What I like about Operation Christmas Child is that participation is quick and easy. All you have to do is purchase items to include in the box, make an online donation, and pack the box. Quick and easy!” says Hythecker. “I can only imagine the joy the little girl receiving my box will experience. She will find colorful hair accessories, a toothbrush and toothpaste, a teddy bear, a coloring book and crayons, a notebook and pencils, some candy, and most importantly she will learn about the love of Jesus Christ.”
As students from the Department of Physical Therapy encouraged others to join in, many lent a helping hand. The Department of Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology hosted a packing party in October, resulting in approximately 50 shoeboxes. Students from the Departments of Nursing and Nutrition & Wellness packed boxes on their own time. In total, students from across the Andrews campus ended up donating 212 packed shoeboxes to Operation Christmas Child.
From Andrews, the boxes were taken to the Niles Adventist School, a regional collection site. Operation Christmas Child is no stranger to Niles Adventist School. The school has been involved for the past 16 years, and during that time more than 158,000 gift boxes have passed through the site. This year alone, 23,701 shoeboxes were collected at the Niles Adventist School collection site.
This year, with the expected shoe box collection of over 9 million boxes worldwide, OCC expects to pass a significant milestone—collecting and delivering shoe boxes to more than 100 million children since it was established in 1993 by Samaritan’s Purse, a Christian relief and evangelism organization.
Even though the main collection drive has come to a close, shoeboxes can be “packed” online by visiting www.samaritanspurse.org/giving/buildabox.
December Hours for the Office of Financial Records
- Accounts Payable will stop writing checks on Friday, Dec.14 through January 2. If you need a check by Dec. 14, it must be submitted to Accounts Payable by Wed., Dec. 12.
- Corporate credit card bills will be paid and must be submitted to Accounts Payable by Friday, Dec. 14. Your corporate credit card statements are available online the 4th of the month.
- The departmental cashier will be open to the campus on Dec. 31 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. for normal business. During the University Holiday Office Closure, deposits may be dropped off and will be receipted by Dec. 31.
Holiday gift-giving is just around the corner. Please keep the gift policy in mind: Gift receipts submitted for reimbursement must include the name and social security number of the gift recipient if value is $50 or higher. Gift cards are discouraged, however, if you choose to purchase gift cards, this same information is required for all gift cards, regardless of dollar value. Gift cards given to international individuals have a 30% tax added which will be charged to the department. These are requirements of the U.S. Tax Law. (For more info see Gift & Gift Card Processing on our website)
Philanthropy and a giving spirit is abundant on our campus. If your department/office feels moved to donate to a project or cause, please take up a collection for this. The use of department/office funds that have been budgeted for the direct operating needs of your department/office are not to be used in this manner.
Soliciting donations of University departmental funds is against policy. Requests from individuals, external entities, departments or clubs should be directed to the Office of University Advancement which has an allocated budget for such requests. This policy can also be viewed on our website.
Thanks to the enthusiasm of our campus employees, Andrews University has surpassed our participation goal and our campaign dollar goal in record time. "I am deeply grateful for the campus spirit of generosity and support. I believe the United Way Campaign is a very visible and powerful way to provide stewardship and support to our community. All locally donated funds are distributed locally," said President Niels-Erik Andreasen. "Andrews University can become the light and salt our neighbors need, right here in Southwest Michigan."
On Thursday, Nov. 15, President Niels- Erik Andreasen made good on his promise to jump into the Beaty Pool in his suit if Andrews employees met the United Way Employee Campaign challenge. In early November, President Andreasen challenged Andrews employees to meet a $10,000 pledge goal with a minimum of 114 employees participating. To date, contributions total $14,280 with 132 employees participating.
President Andreasen wasn't the only one who took a dive. Several others, including Stephen Payne, vice-president for Integrated Marketing & Communication, and Anna Murphy, president of the United Way of Southwest Michigan, made a splash to show their support. Several other Andrews employees, including Dr. Andreasen's executive assistant, Dalry Payne, donned Live United shirts and also jumped into the pool in a show of support for the campaign.
The latest issue of Envision, Andrews University’s Christian collegiate magazine, was formally launched on Thursday, Nov. 8, in the Campus Center. This is the fourth annual issue of the collegiate magazine produced by the collaborative effort of Andrews’ students from multiple academic disciplines.
“The students have once again outdone themselves providing top-notch writing, photography and design,” says Debbie Michel, associate professor of communication and editor-in-chief of Envision.
This year’s issue features articles on many topics of special interest to students, including ways to stay energized, how to get a great internship, and how to erase student loan debt. The new issue also includes several feature articles on Andrews’ students. “We feature some students who’ve tackled some pretty daunting challenges head-on, which, of course, would not be possible without the power of God in their lives,” says Michel. Among these inspirational stories is the cover story for this issue, featuring “G.I. Joe Rivera.” “I believe there’s something in that story that will encourage and revitalize anyone who reads it,” says Michel.
Envision is created entirely by students in the classes Publication Production, Advanced Media Writing, Publication Design, and Studio Photography. Students were able to apply the skills they were learning in class to produce a finished, real-world product.
“It’s a great portfolio piece for them to show what they can do, in settings as close to the real world as a college environment allows,” says Michel. Students receive firsthand experience in every step of the process of writing, editing, designing and photographing a magazine.
“It was a great experience and I learned a lot about how a magazine works,” says Tacyana Behrmann, one of the magazine’s student editors. After her first year working on the magazine, Tacyana feels that she learned a lot about the business. “It gave me a look into the magazine publishing world—what it takes and the work that goes into it,” she says, describing how she used the campus “grapevine” to find stories for the magazine. Tacyana was one of about 50 students who were involved in producing this issue of Envision.
Envision is available for purchase for $2.50 at the Gazebo, the Andrews Bookstore, Apple Valley, Harding’s and the ABC. For more information on Envision or to get involved in the next issue, contact Debbie Michel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Sunday, Nov. 4, the Renaissance Kids Architecture Day Camp students and their families gathered for roasted marshmallows around a newly built fire pit nestled along a row of decorative piers to celebrate the completion of another successful year and finished project. Renaissance Kids is an architecture day camp for kids ages 5–16, held each summer at the Andrews University School of Architecture, Art & Design. Read full story.
Andrew von Maur, an associate professor of design and urbanism at Andrews University, returned to Michigan City to give a presentation discussing the impact of The North End Plan, which was completed by students of the University five years ago. Read the full story
Thanks to the enthusiasm of our campus employees, we have surpassed our participation goal and our campaign dollar goal in record time. To date, 114 individual employees have donated $11,500. Both of these numbers exceed the previous five years of Andrews United Way Employee Campaigns. I am deeply grateful for the campus spirit of generosity and support. I believe the United Way Campaign is a very visible and powerful way to provide stewardship and support to our community. All locally donated funds are distributed locally. Andrews University can become the light and salt our neighbors need, right here in Southwest Michigan.
As promised, I will now, literally, "Jump into the United Way Campaign." You are invited to come to the Beaty Pool on Thursday, Nov. 15, at 3:30 p.m. to witness my plunge. (Live streaming will be available at andrews.edu/president.) Representatives from United Way will also be on hand. Their staff has been encouraged by our increased support, and the accompanying fun, and they want to join in celebrating the successful conclusion of our Andrews United Way Employee Campaign.
Thank you, as well, to those who will be impressed to give in our final days of this campaign, which formally closes on November 14. If you haven’t given to this year’s campaign, we still welcome your pledge forms. Pledge forms may be returned to the Office of the President. The four-digit on-campus zip code is 0670.
The School of Distance Education will be offering HIST 117-99 Civilizations & Ideas 1 and PHYS 110-999 Astronomy for the spring semester. These new interactive courses are online and instructor-led but don't require live meetings. Email email@example.com to learn more, or visit the course page at www.andrews.edu/distance/courses/new.
HIST 117-999 Civilizations and Ideas 1
When: January 7 - May 2, 2013
Format: Interactive, online, instructor-led, discussion-based
Live meetings are not required for these classes.
Faculty: Adam Fenner, PhD
Credits: 3 AU semester credits
Tuition: $360/credit (plus General Fee and Supply Costs)
Interactive online course. Survey of the development of major world civilizations to the eighteenth century, including the origins and history of ideas, worldviews, and institutions (Stoicism, Hinduism, Catholicism, etc.), with an emphasis on the interaction of cultures in the premodern world.
PHYS 110-999 Astronomy
When: January 7 - May 2, 2013
Format: Interactive, online, instructor-led, discussion-based
Live meetings are not required for these classes.
Faculty: Mickey Kutzner, PhD
Credits: 4 AU semester credits
Tuition: $360/credit (plus General Fee and Supply Costs)
Interactive online course. Exploring the cosmic environment— the solar system, stars and their development, star clusters, the interstellar medium, galaxies, and large-scale features of the Universe. Includes a distance laboratory component and meets the Andrews General Education Physical Science requirement. Does not apply to a major or minor. The distance equivalent of 3 lectures, 1 recitation, and a 2-hour lab per week.
Prerequisite: MPE P2 or MATH145 or 166 or STAT285 or equivalent.
Dr. Denis Fortin has announced that he will return to full time teaching at the end of the current academic year. He has served as dean of the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University for the last six years and associate dean prior to that. Read the full story
The Monday Musical Club of Southwestern Michigan will present its November program, "Honoring Americana," at 7 p.m. Monday at The Heritage Museum and Cultural Center, 601 Main St.
The program will feature the Andrews University Singers, under the direction of Stephen Zork, with pianist James Kraus, mezzo soprano Lorie Kraus and cellist Sara Thomas performing "The Christ Child Sleeps," "A Teasdale Winter Trilogy," "Stars" and premiering "Dear Lord" and "Father of Mankind" all from Michigan composer Louis M. DeShantz. The Ed Bagatini Quintet also will perform a selection of original compositions. Read the full story
Dave Van Dyke has written a Ph.D. dissertation on the effect Creationist beliefs have upon the learning success of high school science students. Read the full story
The Battery Recycling Program, initiated by Todd Cook, an MSW student, continues to positively move forward at Andrews University. As of October 22, approximately 150 pounds of batteries have been collected for recycling. Cook says the majority of batteries for recycling have gone to the RadioShack at the University Park Mall in Mishawaka. “Radio Shack continues to support me in my efforts. The manager, David Lint, and the store employees are awesome to work with,” says Cook. Cook’s efforts have been self-funded and supported, however, team members are needed. In particular, additional manpower is needed to collect batteries from the campus drop-off containers. If you are interested in joining the efforts please contact Todd at 574-367-0456.
Battery Reclaim Program Introduced at Andrews
Denis Fortin, dean of the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary, has announced his plans to return to full-time teaching effective with the 2013–14 school year. Fortin has served as faculty at Andrews since 1994 and the last six years as dean.
“For personal and professional reasons, I have come to the conclusion that after serving in academic administration for the better part of the last 14 years, as director of the Master of Divinity program for three years, as associate dean for four years, and now as dean for six years, it is time for me to take a break,” Fortin said. “I have therefore asked President Niels-Erik Andreasen and Provost Andrea Luxton that I be permitted to return to full-time teaching in the Department of Theology & Christian Philosophy.”
Fortin was appointed dean of the Seminary in 2006. Since joining the Seminary faculty in 1994, Fortin has served as director of the Master of Divinity program (1999–2001), associate dean (2000–2004), and chair of the Department of Theology & Christian Philosophy (2006). Prior to coming to Andrews University, he served as a pastor in the Quebec Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.
“The Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary has been very well served by Dr. Denis Fortin, both as a professor, program director and dean for the past six years. The number of students, programs and services has grown under his leadership, and we have all been blessed,” says Niels-Erik Andreasen, president. “I am happy to note that he will return to his first love: teaching Seminary students. We are delighted to welcome him back full-time to the faculty.”
"The Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary has grown into one of the largest seminaries in the country, with a national and international faculty and student body,” says Andreasen. “It serves the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America and around the world. Its educational work is of critical important to the faith and ministry of the church.”
A search committee will be established, overseen by President Andreasen, to identify Dean Fortin’s successor. The search committee will include representation from the Seminary faculty, Andrews University administration and Seventh-day Adventist Church leadership.
Noted Christian researcher and author George Barna will present a three-part series on raising children from Nov. 14-15 on the campus of Andrews University. The series is composed of three sessions: two on Nov. 14 and one on Nov. 15. Read the full story
Winning the grand prize last May in the 2012 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition at the University of Notre Dame was especially gratifying for Justin Polyblank, who plays baritone in the all-saxophone Barkada Quartet. Read the full story
There is apparently a competition to find out which college campus is the best for vegans, and Andrews University is sitting towards the front of the line. Read full story.
You could see it as either the ultimate test of engineering skills, or one potentially messy way to spend an afternoon. Watch full story.
Having started out as a small Christian school with only 12 students in 1874, Andrews University has excelled beyond what many universities hope to achieve in their lifetime. Offering undergraduate, graduate, as well as doctoral studies, Andrews prides itself in helping students achieve a spiritual growth, while successfully growing in their career paths. Read the story
The Christian music group Gungor performs at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Howard Performing Arts Center at Andrews University. Read the full story.
On Oct. 10, at its regularly scheduled October meeting, the Lake Union Conference Executive Committee voted to proceed with construction of a new headquarters building on recently purchased property at the west corner of M-139 and Redbud Trail in Berrien Springs, Mich.
The need for a new building was precipitated by Andrews University's exploration to lease part of the office complex and the subsequent agreement to purchase the current LUC headquarters, which includes several buildings at the corner of M-139 and College Avenue in Berrien Springs. The purchase of these buildings allows expansion of the University campus and provides a place to locate the newly acquired Griggs University & International Academy, a distance learning and homeschool curriculum provider.
"As we plan our new office, taking advantage of efficiencies of size and modern construction, we will continue to enjoy the blessings of our long-term relationship and appreciation of Southwest Michigan and the Berrien Springs area," stated Don Livesay, president of the Lake Union Conference.
Floyd Brock, assistant to the president for special projects, is the construction manager for the new headquarters. Currently, the LUC is processing bids from general contractors for the project.
The Lake Union Conference Headquarters is one of nine regional offices throughout North America for the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Its administration and staff provide support and services for the Seventh-day Adventist churches and schools in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin.
The renovation and reinvention of The Gazebo, an on-campus eatery, puts Andrews University one step closer to meeting President Niels-Erik Andreasen’s challenge to become the healthiest university in the United States. The transformation of The Gazebo is the latest in a series of improvements in Andrews University’s Office of Dining Services. In 2008, the main food service area and Terrace Café dining rooms were renovated and in 2010, Bon Appétit Management Company was selected to manage Andrews University’s Dining Services.
The decision to renovate The Gazebo was made in February of 2011. Brett Pherson, retail manager for Dining Services, worked on the initial plans with Dick Scott, director of Plant Administration. Tri-Mark, one of the country’s largest providers of design services, equipment and supplies to the foodservice industry, produced the final plans. On Sept. 3, 2012, The Gazebo reopened with a fresh look, expanded equipment, a redesigned floor plan and a brand-new menu.
The footprint of The Gazebo didn’t change, but the space was reconfigured. A former storage room was transformed into an expanded kitchen area. Prior to the renovation, The Gazebo’s only cooking appliances were a fryer and a microwave. Since the remodeling, additional equipment allows for a much more diverse menu including a flattop grill, an open flame grill, conventional oven, fryer, steamer and salamander (a push-in toaster that heats food quickly). Several features, including the custom-made smoothie station inset into the counters and coolers/hot well built into the counters, were designed by Tri-Mark especially for The Gazebo.
With more cooking equipment, the menu has not only expanded, it’s been reinvented. Last year there were approximately 15 menu items to choose from. Now there are almost 70, ranging from breakfast crepes and burritos, to a variety of salads and sandwiches. “Some of the students’ favorite items include smoothies, fresh salads, burrito wraps and our grilled pizzas,” says Daniels.
The recreated menu is the handiwork of Brett Pherson. According to Mark Daniels, general manager of Dining Services, Pherson’s experience as a chef was critical in the menu creation process. Daniels says, “He listened well at the end of last semester. He had his ears and eyes open to what the students were saying was important to them.”
Healthy Choices from Scratch-Made Dishes
The changes in menu options are also aimed to encourage healthier choices by giving customers healthier options. “In The Gazebo, a costumer is first exposed to the Smoothie Station followed by the Salad Bar before the other items, such as pizza, sandwiches and fries, which are all made from scratch with fresh ingredients, giving our customers a surplus of healthy options,” says Daniels.
Dining Services makes as much as possible from scratch and frequently sources food locally, including from the Andrews Farm. More than 150 students, along with 40 full-time staff, are employed at Dining Services, making it one of the largest employers at Andrews University.
All-Vegetarian and Vegan-Friendly
Both the Terrace Café and The Gazebo serve an all-vegetarian and vegan-friendly menu. Payment options include cash and credit, along with the option for Andrews students to charge their purchases to their meal plans.
The Gazebo is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m.–11 p.m., Fridays from 8 a.m. until one hour before sunset, Saturdays from 8–10 a.m. for a continental breakfast and again beginning one hour after sunset until 11 p.m. seasonally, and Sundays from 11 a.m.–11 p.m.
The Terrace Café is open Monday to Friday, 7–10 a.m., 11 a.m.–2:30 p.m. and 5–7 p.m. On Saturdays, it’s open from 12:30–2:30 p.m. and 6–7 p.m.; on Sundays, 10:30 a.m.–2 p.m. and 5–7 p.m. Hours vary when classes are not in session.
Please note the following changes to the recently published 2012–2013 Information Directory. A PDF of the directory is available for download at www.andrews.edu/services/imc/services/2012-2013_info_directory.pdf.
Page 8, Aviation
Darryl Penney, Faculty/Flight & Maintenance, phone: 3637, email: darrylp
Randall Robertson, Faculty/Flight & Maintenance, change phone number to 3410
Caleb Sigua, change phone number to 6545
Page 9, Biology
Dennis Woodland—phone number should be 269-591-5030
Page 10, Center for Adventist Research
Replace Lubasi Ngonda with Juliette Johnson, email: juliettj
Replace Carol Williams with Angelika Kaiser, email: angelika
Page 11, Center for Youth Evangelism
Add Erica Ross, administrative assistant, phone: 8341, email: rosse
Page 19, Graduate Records
Phone number should be 6583
Page 25, Library
Add Nancy Sheppler, Cataloging Specialist, phone: 3033, email: nriemann
Replace Muritha Mutale with Jovanka Mbunjwa, email: drobac
Page 37, School of Education
New fax number: 6374
Sallie Alger—Associate Professor Emerita
Larry Richards—home phone number should be 473-1123
Andrews University has been ranked as one of the “Best National Universities” for 2013, as reported in U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges 2013” issue. In addition, Andrews is also ranked again on Forbes.com’s 2012’s “America’s Top Colleges.”
Of the 281 institutions classified in U.S. News & World Report as national universities, Andrews is ranked at #189. Andrews is the only Seventh-day Adventist institution included in this classification. According to U.S. News, schools in the National Universities category, which also includes Columbia University and Stanford University, offer a full range of undergraduate majors, plus master’s and PhD programs. These colleges also are committed to producing groundbreaking research.
Andrews University made a few other U.S. News & World Report college ranking lists, too: with a diversity index of .73, the University tied for 4th in Campus Ethnic Diversity. (The closer a school’s number is to 1.0, the more diverse it is.) And with 13% of our student body composed of international students, Andrews tied for 9th in Most International Students.
The physical therapy and social work programs at Andrews made the top 150 of U.S. News’ “Best Grad Schools” list. Andrews was also named on the “A+ Colleges for B Students,” “Economic Diversity” and “Freshman Retention Rates” lists.
Andrews Ranked on Forbes.com
Forbes.com also ranked Andrews University #553 in “America’s Top Colleges,” a compilation of the 650 best educational institutions (out of more than 6,000) across the country. Forbes gives an overall rating and smaller subcategory ratings; once again, Andrews University also made the lists “Best Private Colleges,” “Best Research Universities” and “Best in the Midwest.”
Increase in Enrollment
The University has also seen an increase in the 2012–13 enrollment, with 3,551 undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral students on our main campus. That’s the second highest enrollment ever. Andrews had its highest enrollment in 2009–10 with 3,589 students enrolled. Over the past 11 years, enrollment has increased by over 800 students.
Additionally, there are 3,686 students pursuing an Andrews degree at an affiliate or extension site. Griggs University & Griggs International Academy, which Andrews assumed ownership of in November 2010, has 5,963 students. These students include elementary and high school levels; Job Corps, a program that offers high school diplomas and job skill training to at-risk students; and students in higher education.
The complete rankings list can be found at www.forbes.com/colleges/andrews-university/ and colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges/andrews-university-2238.
The Andrews Bookstore has been recycling for a cause, turning old, outdated books into cash for a charity. On Friday, Sept. 21, 2012, staff from the Andrews Bookstore presented a $2,120 check to Adventist Development & Relief Agency (ADRA). The funds were collected from the bookstore’s participation in the One Planet recycling program, run by MBS (Missouri Book Systems), a used book supplier.
For each box of old and outdated books the Andrews Bookstore sends to One Planet for recycling, they receive $10. This was the second donation the Andrews Bookstore has made to ADRA from funds raised through One Planet. Since they started recycling in 2010, the Andrews Bookstore has donated a cumulative total of $4,130 to ADRA.
“This is a great way to recycle books and not throw them away,” says Cindy Swanson, Andrews University’s textbook manager and bookstore manager for Griggs University & Griggs International Academy. “There is very little we have to do and we generate money for ADRA, which goes everywhere and helps everyone.”
In addition to responding in emergency situations, ADRA provides aid for those lacking in basic needs such as food, water and sanitation. They also work to provide literacy training and offer financial assistance in establishing livelihoods.
“Donations that come into ADRA help alleviate poverty and suffering throughout the world,” says Tina Hudgins, director of constituency development at ADRA and the representative who accepted the donation. “What makes ADRA different when it comes to relief is that we respond immediately, but then we stay behind to see what needs to happen to move them into development so they are not left alone and in trouble after the relief goods are done.”
The Andrews Bookstore is always accepting books for recycling. They’ll accept any old, outdated books, including outdated textbooks. Simply drop off your books for recycling at the Andrews Bookstore during regular business hours.
Monica Wringer has been appointed as director of Graduate Enrollment Management. Wringer brings her 16 years of higher education experience as well as her diverse involvement with graduate education, marketing and human resources. Monica will be overseeing the functions for:
- The graduate admissions system
- Graduate recruiting and marketing
- Overall graduate enrollment experience and communication
Wringer has a Bachelor’s in Mathematics from University of Antioquia ('94), a Master’s in Organizational Management from Adventist University of Colombia ('99) and a Master’s in Business Administration from Universidad de Montemorelos (2004). She is currently working towards her PhD in Higher Education Administration at Andrews University.
On Monday, Oct. 1, this year's Fund for Andrews Phonathon Campaign will kick off! This annual event allows current students to connect with Andrews alumni to update their contact info, provide current info on new happenings at Andrews and to ask for their financial support. With 16 students on board, the goal is to raise $130,000 this year.
“I’m excited about this 8-week long campaign”, says Jackie Spencer, annual giving coordinator for the Office of Development. “We have a great team of supervisors: Elroy Byam, Katelyn Ruiz and Victor Bartley. Not to mention an enthusiastic group of student callers this year. With the combined efforts of ITS (Jennifer Janssen and Robert Steele) and AIM (Jared Dalmas, Chris Snyder and Doug Janssen), I have high expectations for this year–please keep us in your prayers!”
This year’s Phonathon callers are:
- Arleni Calderon
- Alexia Derma
- Audrey Wu
- Brooke Jones
- Elkid Alvarez
- Emmanuelle Tchamba
- Kristina Burke
- Lillian-Marie Drew
- Marcelle Fleurantin
- Meruany Soriano
- Patrick Dyson
- Sindy Victor
- Yolanda Torres
If you see them, encourage them in this important work for the University!
The Office of Campus Safety has published the 2011 Annual Security & Fire Safety Report as required by the Department of Education under the Jeanne Clery Act. This report contains statistical information on criminal activity and fire related incidents. It also contains University policies in regards to the safety and security of the campus. The report is available as a PDF download. Printed copies may also be obtained upon request at the Andrews University Office of Campus Safety, located at 4355 International Court, or by calling 269-471-3321. For additional information on the report and the Jeanne Clery Act, please go to the Andrews University Office of Campus Safety website or www.SecurityOnCampus.org.
Students and staff at Andrews University were challenged to Eat Local Tuesday for the third year in a row. Hundreds were served lunch made entirely from ingredients sourced within 150 miles of Berrien Springs. Read or watch the full story.
They set out to feed hundreds a vegetarian meal made of only locally grown food. They called it challenge but it turned out it wasn't that difficult for them. Read or watch the full story.
Have you ever tried to make your entire lunch or dinner with foods only grown by local farmers? On Tuesday, Andrews University Dining Hall in Berrien Springs proved that it's possible. Read full story.
Andrews University on Tuesday will serve a vegetarian lunch made only from local food.
The university's "Eat Local Challenge" lunch will be made entirely from ingredients within 150 miles of Berrien Springs. Most of the ingredients will actually come from the Andrews University Farm. Read the story
From 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, the dining services at Andrews University will take part in Bon Appétit Management Co.'s "Eat Local Challenge" by serving up lunch made entirely from ingredients sourced within 150 miles of Berrien Springs. Read full story.
It’s ArtPrize time again. The public art competition in Grand Rapids that first captivated the art world three years ago opened again Wednesday and continues through Oct. 7. Andrews University's own Harry Ahn and Greg Constantine are amoung the artists in the competition. Read full story.
Andrews University will celebrate the Department of Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology’s move to new quarters in Bell Hall with an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012. The open house, which includes complimentary hearing screenings, will be held from 3:30–7 p.m. with the ribbon cutting ceremony taking place at 4 p.m. Students, clients, faculty and members of any professional and referral healthcare organizations are invited to attend. This is also the first official event for the new Andrews University School of Health Professions.
The expanded and renovated location in Bell Hall provides the growing department with room to expand their educational vision, programs and Speech & Hearing Clinic. The remodeled suite features new state-of-the-art sound booths for complete hearing evaluations, and a new lab monitoring room for the Speech & Hearing Clinic. The clinic is open to the public, offering hearing and speech evaluations, and speech therapy. It is the only clinic in a 60-mile radius offering central auditory processing testing, which evaluates how the ear and brain are working together to use auditory information.
“Our former space was cramped at 700 sq. ft., but the new area is a spacious 2,800 sq. ft. There is room to grow and we have taken initial steps toward a master’s degree in speech-language pathology,” says Darah Regal, chair. “Over the last five years our enrollment has increased steadily from 25 to 65 majors in 2012. We’re delighted and impressed as we meet this year’s freshmen, with their animated curiosity to start learning and growing in their chosen field.”
With their new facilities, the department is beginning to expand. The current program offers a bachelor’s and a minor in speech-language pathology and audiology. The department’s proposal for a master’s program has received approval from the Andrews University Program Development Review Committee (PDRC) and the Graduate Council, and is being reviewed by Provost Andrea Luxton. The department is working on a proposal for master’s program accreditation from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
The department will also be open for tours on Saturday, Sept. 29, from 3–5 p.m., as part of the annual Andrews University Alumni Homecoming Weekend. For more information, visit www.andrews.edu/shp/speech/.
With four different institutions represented, the logistics of rehearsing can get a little bit complicated for members of the American Piano Quintet. However, for musicians used to performing at a high level, the solution is simpler than it might seem, in violinist Carla Trynchuk's perspective. Read full story.
Andrews University Press Releases Book on Issues of Homosexuality
First major title from an Adventist publishing house on the subject
Andrews University Press has just released the first major book from a Seventh-day Adventist publishing house addressing the complex issues surrounding homosexuality and Adventist life and faith. Niels-Erik Andreasen, president of Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan, and chair of the Andrews University Press board, said the topic of this book is timely and needed. “Recent developments in our faith community, religious organizations, American politics, and secular society require careful thought on this sensitive subject. Andrews University is pleased to help sort out some of these issues by bringing together a range of perspectives on this subject within our church.” Read full story.