Friday, March 13, 2015

Adventist Forum presents: "When Loughborough Got It Wrong,"

Adventist Forum presents:
"When Loughborough Got It Wrong," by Brian E. Strayer, PhD, Professor of History, Andrews University, at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 28, 2015, in Chan Shun Hall on the campus of Andrews University in Berrien Springs, MI.

Dr. Strayer is professor of history at Andrews University where he has taught since 1983. He earned degrees in history from Southern Adventist University, Andrews University, and the University of Iowa. He specializes in European history and Adventist history.  His most recent book is the first scholarly biography of J.N.Loughborough, titled "J. N. Loughborough: The Last of the Adventist Pioneers."

About J. N. Loughborough:
Beginning his ministry in 1849, John N. Loughborough was one of the first to be ordained by the budding denomination that became the Seventh-day Adventists. Nonetheless, he outlived all the other early leaders, dying in 1924 at the age of 92. In addition to his pastoral, missionary, and administrative activities,  he published two book-length apologetic histories of Seventh-day Adventism, along with extensive historical sketches published in various periodicals. Accordingly he is sometimes considered ³the first Adventist historian.²  This presentation will examine his historical writings and interpretations in the light of modern scholarship.  How do the facts he omitted and the interpretations he made affect the historical understandings his readers would take away from his accounts?

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

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Lamson Health Club Spring Break Hours

Lamson Health Club will be open the following hours during Spring Break (March 13-22):


Friday, March 13:  6:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Mon-Fri, March 16-20:  6:00 AM - 11:00 AM (M-F)

                                      5:00 PM - 8:00 PM (M-Thurs.)

Sundays, March 15 & 22:  10:00 AM - 4:00 PM




Dining Services Spring Break

Spring Break Hours are as follows -



March 13          CLOSED
March 14          12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
March 15 - 20  CLOSED
March 21          12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
March 22          11:30 am - 1:30 pm,  5:00 pm - 6:00 pm



March 13           9:00 am - 7:00 pm
March 14           6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
March 15           9:00 am - 8:00 pm
March 16 - 19   9:00 am - 8:00 pm
March 20           9:00 am - 7:00 pm
March 21           6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
March 22          11:00 am - 9:00 pm



March 14          10:00 am - 12:00 pm
March 16 - 20  CLOSED

For assistance please contact Dining Services at 269-471-6352 or


Have a great + restful break!

Open House for Van's Medical Equipment of Lakeland

Community members are invited to an open house on Tuesday, March 31, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Van’s Health & Appearance Center, located within the Marie Yeager Cancer Center 3900 Hollywood Road, St. Joseph.
Part of Van’s Medical Equipment of Lakeland, the Van’s Health & Appearance Center is dedicated exclusively to products and services for cancer patients and survivors, including postsurgical bra and prosthetic breast form fittings. Open house attendees will get the first look at the latest in bras, breast forms, and swimwear. Colleen Ruby, Anita Care Education Manager and Care Consultant, will be on hand to share her expertise, answer questions, and review products with customers.
Van’s customer service representatives will help answer any questions about insurance coverage of products. Refreshments and door prizes will be available.

About Van’s Medical Equipment of Lakeland
Van’s Medical Equipment of Lakeland is a third-generation home medical equipment company that has served southwest Michigan for 100 years. The company merged with Lakeland Health in 2008. Van’s offers a broad line of products, including include oxygen and sleep therapy equipment, electric hospital beds, wheelchairs, walkers, canes, braces and supports, and bathroom safety equipment. Van’s operates four retail stores throughout southwest Michigan: a main office and store on Glenlord Road in St. Joseph, a store in the Welcome Center at Lakeland Medical Center in St. Joseph, a health and appearance center at the Marie Yeager Cancer Center in St. Joseph, and at the Lakeland Medical Suites in Niles. For more information, visit or call (269) 927-8635 or at (800) 780-0499.

Say Happy Birthday to Benton Harbor!

Say Happy Birthday to Benton Harbor. On March 14, 2015 Benton Harbor celebrates 150 years.

You can send your greeting to us in any of the three ways:

1. Upload your greeting to the Benton Harbor Celebrates Facebook page


2. Email it to


3. Mail it using the attached form to PO Box 465, Benton Harbor, MI 49023

Birthday greetings received by March 15 may be published in the March 19 edition of Benton Spirit News.  

Please see the attachments for more information.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Empty Bowls 20th Anniversary Soup Supper


For questions about the Empty Bowls project
and its 20th Anniversary, please contact:
Marie Remington at 269-683-2794
or Karla Hurlbutt at Buchanan Middle School 269-695-8406


The 20th Buchanan Empty Bowls Soup Supper will be hosted at Buchanan High School on Friday, April 17, 4:30 - 7 pm.  The community is invited to attend and purchase hand-made ceramic bowls along with a simple soup supper and help end hunger. All potters, students, teachers, administrators, parents, donors and other volunteers who have worked over the years to make Empty Bowls so successful in Buchanan are invited to join in the celebration. There will be a memorabilia table and an open potter’s wheel for past potters to "throw" one for old time’s sake.  All profits from the supper and presales will be donated to Redbud Area Ministries (RAM) food pantry in Buchanan.

This philanthropic project is made possible by a partnership of Buchanan Art Center, Buchanan Community Schools, Redbud Area Ministries, and local potters, as well as the continuing generosity of local merchants, area foundations, and our caring community. Adult potters' bowls may be pre-purchased at the BAC February 25 through April 11. There will also be a commemorative t-shirt available for pre-order at the BAC in March; further information will be sent out by the schools and on BAC's website and Facebook.

The Buchanan Art Center is located at 117 West Front Street in Buchanan, Michigan. The Center features three galleries with rotating exhibits of regional artists’ works, a program of educational art classes for all ages, and a gift shop offering works of local artists. Current hours are Monday – Thursday 10:00 am-6:00 pm, Friday 10:00 am–5:00 pm, and Saturday 10:00 am–4:00 pm. Closed Sundays. More information, including a schedule of classes, can be obtained at the Center by calling 269-697-4005, or by visiting their website at:

Michigan Maritime Museum March lecture

Please find attached the press release for the Michigan Maritime Museum’s March lecture.

Second Installment of 2015 Winter-Spring Student Seminar Presentations

All are encouraged to attend and hear Satoshi Thiele, SungJun Kim, Irene Hwang and Tokin Kim present their topics on Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 4:30pm in A-107 Halenz Hall.

Their topics are:
Illicit Drugs: A Look at Phencyclidine (Satoshi Thiele)

Ultra High-Molecular Weight Polyethylene (Irene Hwang and Tokin Kim)

Microbial Metabolism of Phosphatidylcholine & Cardiovascular Risk (SungJun Kim)

This is the second installment of our 2015 Winter-Spring Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry StudentSeminar Series. See the attached flyers for more speaker information.

For non-Andrews faculty, students and others wishing to attend:

There are directions given to Andrews at:

To get to the A-107 Halenz Hall:
Turn in at the J. N. Andrews Blvd. entrance.  Go pass the Security Gate House.  Make  right turn at the first intersection on to E Campus Circle Drive.   Then make a left turn at the next intersection (E Campus Circle Drive).  Make another left onto Administration Drive.  The Science Complex is the bldg on your left.  The Chemistry Dept. is on the side of the Science Complex (4270 Administration Drive) opposite the Bookstore parking lot.  You can park in the bookstore parking lot or the one straight ahead.  My Office # is A-323 Halenz Hall .... on the third floor of the Science Complex.

Teachers are encouraged to announce this seminar in their classes and/or forward this email to their classes.All are welcome to forward this email along to colleagues and friends.

Bookstore Hiring Temp Workers

The Andrews University Bookstore will be hiring temporray workers for finals week from April 27 to May 1. All applicants must apply online at

2015 Basic Sail Training Program

Lakeland Offering Two Free Programs

Lakeland Offers Class on Nutrition in Cancer Treatment

(ST. JOSEPH) –  Lakeland Health will offer a free nutrition class to cancer patients undergoing treatment and their families. “Nutrition Matters in Cancer Treatment” will be held on Wednesday, March 25, from noon to 1:00 p.m. in the Houseworth Conference Room at the Marie Yeager Cancer Center, 3900 Hollywood Road, St. Joseph.
Led by a Lakeland Health registered dietitian, the class will include information about healthy eating habits, ways to enhance overall well-being and quality of life during and after cancer treatment, and managing side effects while maintaining adequate nutrition.
                For more information or to register, call (269) 556-2808 or (866) 260-7544. A complimentary bag lunch will be provided to all participants.
Visit or find Lakeland Health on Facebook or Twitter for more classes and events.

Free Program on Heart-Healthy Foods at Lakeland

(ST. JOSEPH) –  Lakeland Health will present “Eating Right for a Healthy Heart” on Thursday, March 26, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., in Community Room at Lakeland Medical Center, St. Joseph, 1234 Napier Avenue.
At this free program, a registered dietitian will discuss how better food habits can help reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, and give participants tips on following the American Heart Association’s eating plan.
A 24-hour advance registration for this class is requested. For more information 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.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Q&A About Student Fundraising Request

The below statement was sent to Andrews faculty, staff and students on March 10, 2015 from President Andreasen.

Dear Friends,

In the last 48 hours, there has been a significant amount of social media commentary and coverage regarding a decision by Andrews University to deny a fundraising request by an unofficial student club to raise funds for a Chicago agency that is focused on aiding homeless LGBT youth.

That reporting has included some information that is not correct.

As a result, I want to share, as best I can, some questions and answers that will seek to provide you with some accurate information and context.

I trust it will be helpful as you encounter opinions and reporting on this topic on the web and elsewhere.


Niels-Erik Andreasen, President

Q: Is Andrews University opposed to helping, or fundraising for, LGBT homeless youth?

A: Absolutely not.

It is within the University and Church mission to seek to provide care and compassion wherever and for whoever needs it.

The problem of LGBT homeless youth in particular is a heartbreaking national problem—perhaps as many as 40 percent of the homeless teens on the street at any one time are LGBT. Many of these teens were in Christian families who rejected their child’s orientation and, in the process, their child. A safe place and genuine care must be provided for these homeless LGBT youth.

Q: Did Andrews University offer approval for AULL4One, an unofficial campus club, to raise funds for this purpose and then later retract it?

A: No.

When campus administrators were approached with the idea of having a fundraiser to benefit LGBT homeless youth, those administrators expressed openness to the idea and encouraged the students to explore options, emphasizing to the students that any official fundraising effort would have to be aligned with the University’s mission. So, originally, the University neither “approved” nor “rejected” the proposal. The University merely said: Let’s explore the options. Subsequent to that, a number of conversations happened between students, Campus Ministries and Student Life.

At question in those conversations was not the cause itself, but the perceived mission and advocacy of a proposed agency that was to receive funds from the fundraising activities. In particular, the Church’s religious and moral views do not allow for the pursuit of intimate LGBT relationships, including marriage, and as a result Andrews University’s policies do not permit the raising of funds to support the work of agencies that advocate behaviors contrary to Adventist beliefs. This is true even though many unapproved agencies do valuable and important work that is within the University’s mission.

As the University was saying “no” to the specific, proposed agency, an administrator suggested an alternative support agency in Chicago that also deals with homeless LGBT teens. That suggestion does not appear to have been pursued by the student who instead proposed an additional unacceptable agency. Shortly thereafter, the student stopped his conversations with administrators, asked for a “written” clarification of the decision not to support his recommended agency, and went to the press/social media.

Q: Why would Andrews University say “no” to helping homeless kids? Isn’t that “unchristian”?

A: Again, Andrews University has no objection to helping LGBT homeless youth. As an Adventist university operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Andrews is called and committed to absolute compassion for those with an LGBT orientation.

Andrews University believes that it is possible to both show Christian care and compassion for all people while also pursuing a life that lifts up biblical values. 

As has been true with the national debate on these issues, the Seventh-day Adventist Church and Andrews University believe that there is room for respect of differing viewpoints within this discussion and within society.

Unfortunately, Andrews University does not believe that its sincerely held beliefs have been afforded such respect. To “disagree” with another person’s view is seen as callous, uncaring and unchristian. It does not have to be this way. For example, recent proposed legislation in Utah seems to protect the rights of the LGBT community while also respecting and allowing the Mormon Church to operate and practice within its own religious and moral beliefs as it relates to LGBT relationships.

Q: So, how can Andrews University students officially help homeless LGBT youth or engage in fundraising for other worthy causes?

A: Students should engage in serious-minded dialogue about fundraising options with club sponsors or University administrators. Together, students and faculty/staff should explore whether a particular recipient of funds is largely and primarily aligned in support of the University’s mission and its faith commitment. The University recognizes that every single activity of an agency may not be in “alignment”—to expect perfect alignment might never permit any outside fundraising. But it is reasonable for the University to expect primary alignment between its mission and an agency’s activities.

In reference to the specific matter that brought about this attention, the “problem” as the University sees it is that once a decision was made that a student did not like, he stopped conversation about it and went to the press/social media to portray the University in a light that was neither fair nor accurate. What happened to the specific suggestion of an alternative Chicago-based agency that works with homeless LGBT youth and why was that option not explored more fully? These kinds of misunderstandings can be avoided when students and faculty/staff work together in good faith.

Q: What information or statements have you shared with media about this topic?

A: To date, four different online blogs/newspapers have asked for information on this decision, and the following statement has been shared in return:

Andrews University recognizes the special challenges facing LGBT youth and believes that efforts to help them are worthy.

Providing care to LGBT homeless youth is compatible with our institutional mission to demonstrate God’s love to all people, and reflects our denomination’s specific call to exhibit compassion for LGBT persons.

At the same time, Andrews University has declined a student request to officially endorse a fundraising effort to raise money for an organization that may have a perceived LGBT advocacy role.

This decision was made in the context of our student fundraising policy in the Student Handbook, which states that funds may be raised for non-profit organizations “whose mission and practices do not conflict with those of the University.”

So, our objection was not to the worthy goal of serving LGBT homeless youth and their transitional housing needs but to the perceived advocacy stance of the proposed organization.

As a result, we can and will support LGBT homeless youth through organizations whose mission and purpose clearly align with the religious mission and purpose of our University and its sponsoring church. We invite our student clubs to find the appropriate organizations and opportunities to do just that.

Click on the following links for more information on the Seventh-day Adventist Church's positions on homosexuality and same sex unions.

Beyond this statement, Andrews University will have no additional comment at this time.


Week in Pictures

Steel Band Concert March 22

Andrews University welcomes the Walla Walla University (College Place, Washington) Steel Band to the Howard Performing Arts Center on Sunday, March 22, at 7 p.m. The concert will feature guest artist Liam Teague, hailed as the “Paganini of the Steel Pan,” from Northern Illinois University (DeKalb, Illinois).
Musical styles featured in this concert will include Caribbean (Calypso, Soca, 2-3 Son, Reggae), South American (Samba, Bossa Nova), jazz and classical.

WWU’s steel band, under the direction of Brandon Beck, has been in existence since 2002 and has toured the West Coast twice, the East Coast five times and has also toured to the island of Bermuda. They have performed with world-class steel pan artists Victor Provost, Gary Gibson and Tom Miller.

During their 2013 performance in Walla Walla, Washington, guest artist Gibson announced to the audience that he considered that year’s WWU Steel Band “one of the best collegiate steel bands in the nation.”

Guest artist for the March 22 concert at Andrews University, Liam Teague, currently serves as head of steel pan studies and associate professor of music at NIU. He has received many awards in his homeland of Trinidad and Tobago, including the Humming Bird Award (silver) for “loyal and devoted service.” He has also won a number of notable competitions such as the Trinidad and Tobago National Steelband Festival Solo Championship and the Saint Louis Symphony Volunteers Association Young Artist Competition.

“We are excited to perform with astounding steel pan performer Liam Teague,” says Beck. “He will not only perform solos at the concert, but he does us the honor of playing with us on several pieces. We look forward to this event very much.”

His commitment to demonstrating the great musical possibilities of the steel pan has taken Teague to Europe, Asia and Australia, as well as North and Central America and the Caribbean.

Teague has collaborated with prominent musicians such as Paquito D’Rivera, Dave Samuels, Zakir Hussain and Evelyn Glennie. In addition to commissioning a number of significant composers to write for the instrument, Teague has had many of his own compositions published, and has produced eight solo albums.

He has also served as musical arranger of the TCL Group Skiffle Bunch Steel Orchestra and Starlift Steel Orchestra for Panorama, the most prestigious steel band competition in the world.

General admission is $9; students (with ID) and seniors are $5. Tickets for this concert can be purchased at, or by calling the Howard Center box office at 888-467-6442.

Prepare Enrich Training Seminar

PREPARE-ENRICH TRAINING SEMINAR:  Learn how to administer, interpret and counsel with the most widely-used and researched premarital and marital inventories. Excellent resource for social workers, counselors, pastors and others who work in the field of human services.

Sunday, April 12, 2015, 9:00 am -4:30 pm,  AU Seminary, room S120. 

Pre-registration is necessary by Monday April 6.  Registration forms available by contacting Sue Murray, Life Innovations Seminar Director,  at 470-6877 or, 

Cost: Professionals $195, Fulltime enrolled AU graduate students $145, Attending spouses $35 (with arrangements). Fee payable by check, money order or cash by April 6.  Late registrations accepted with additional $10 fee for mailing materials.

Niles-Westside Church Service for March 14

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

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

March 14: Alex Prouty, Speaker

There will be a Fellowship Lunch following second service.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Faculty & Staff Awards Celebration 2015

The theme for the 2014 Andrews University Faculty and Staff Awards celebration was “An Evening of Fun and Recognition.” On Sunday, March 1, hundreds of faculty and staff gathered in the Howard Performing Arts Center for this annual event recognizing their coworkers and colleagues.

The evening’s entertainment was a mockup of the popular TV game show “Family Feud” called “Family Fusion,” featuring seven teams of four individuals from the honored years-of-service groups plus a team of retirees called “Once Upon a Time.” Participants were required to guess the top three answers from a survey of 16 questions that was sent to all faculty and staff three weeks in advance. David Nowack, professor of biochemistry, did a masterful job as host for the evening.

A surprise tribute was given to Niels-Erik Andreasen, celebrating 20 years as president of Andrews University, and Demetra, who has served graciously at his side.

Just after accepting the presidency of Andrews in 1994, Andreasen was quoted in a FOCUS editorial. “The whole nation talks about failing public education and the risks that presents to our future. We must not allow Christian education to fail. That cannot be. With God’s help, it must succeed, and if it is to remain Christian education it must be good education. A bad Christian education is a contradiction in terms. If we dare call it Christian it must be good in every respect. To seek this goal in every plan and decision made in Andrews University is the chief assignment of the university president and everyone who works here.”

The Andreasens were thanked for setting Andrews on a true-north direction and leading the way together.

“Dr. and Mrs. Andreasen, we’re so glad you said yes to Andrews 20 years ago,” stated Stephen Payne, vice president for Integrated Marketing & Communication, who presented the award. “We believe the future of Adventist education and Andrews University is stronger because of your God-honoring leadership.”

Additionally, recognition from the Faculty Senate was given to Teresa Reeves, associate professor of New Testament contexts and associate dean, Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary and Marcella Myers, associate professor of physical science and chair, Department of History & Political Science. Both of these women were instrumental in reshaping the structure and role of the current Faculty Senate.

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.

Click on each name to hear an audio recording of the tributes given to that recipient at the event.

Siegfried H. Horn Excellence in Research and 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. It recognizes the lifetime scholarship achievement of Andrews University faculty members in four separate categories. 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 are:
Arts, Humanities and Education: Carla Trynchuk, professor of music and string area coordinator, Department of Music, College of Arts & Sciences
Professional Programs: Andrew von Maur, professor of architecture, School of Architecture, Art & Design
Pure & Applied Sciences: James Hayward, research professor of biology, Department of Biology, College of Arts & Sciences
Religion & Theology: Wagner Kuhn, professor of world mission, Department of World Mission, Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary

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 are Beverly Peck, administrative assistant, Department of Behavioral Sciences; Fares Magesa, financial advisor and Veterans Affairs student advisor, Office of Student Financial Services; and Erno Gyresi (posthumously), associate director, Andrews University Press

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 nominates and chooses their individual candidates.

This year’s recipients are:
Harvey Burnett, assistant professor of psychology, Department of Behavioral Sciences, College of Arts & Sciences
Henrietta Hanna, assistant professor of nursing, Department of Nursing, School of Health Professions
Ryan Hayes, associate professor of chemistry, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, College of Arts & Sciences
Douglas Jones, professor of English, Department of English, College of Arts & Sciences
Paul Kim, associate professor of documentary film, Department of Visual Art & Design, School of Architecture, Art & Design
Janet Ledesma, associate professor of leadership, Department of Leadership, School of Education
Stanley Patterson, professor and chair, Department of Christian Ministry, Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary

Faith Development Leadership Award
This honor is awarded to any employee who has made a significant contribution to the spiritual life of campus.

This year’s honoree is David Iwasa, director/dean, University Towers

40 Years of Service Awards
Bonnie Beres, administrative assistant, Department of Christian Ministry, Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary
Ronald Neumann, operations manager, Office of Telecommunications, Information Technology Services

35 Years of Service Awards
Richard Davidson, J.N. Andrews professor of Old Testament interpretation, Department of Old Testament, Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary
Norma Greenidge, assistant professor of library science, head of bibliographic services, James White Library
Margarita Mattingly, professor and chair, Department of Physics, College of Arts & Sciences
Donald May, assistant provost and associate dean, College of Arts & Sciences
Rebecca May, community relations and events, Integrated Marketing & Communication
Dianne Wilson, assistant to general manager for finance and resource management, Office of Dining Services (Bon Appétit)

30 Years of Service Awards
Lorena Bidwell, chief information officer, Information Technology Services
Jacques Doukhan, professor of Hebrew and Old Testament exegesis and director of the Institute of Jewish-Christian Studies, Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary
Lois Grimm, administrative assistant, Office of Transportation
James Massena, director of institutional research, Information Technology Services
Keith Mattingly, professor of Old Testament, dean, College of Arts & Sciences
Rhonda Root, professor of art and architectural history, School of Architecture, Art & Design
Peter Swanson, associate professor of pastoral care, Department of Christian Ministry, Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary
Janice Wrenn, professor of social work, Department of Social Work, College of Arts & Sciences

25 Years of Service Awards
Lori Colwell, dispatcher, Office of Campus Safety
Mickey Kutzner, research professor of physics, Department of Physics, College of Arts & Sciences
Arlen Springer, power plant operator, Office of Plant Services
Curtis VanderWaal, research professor of social work and chair, Department of Social Work, College of Arts & Sciences
William Wolfer, assistant professor of computer science, Department of Engineering & Computer Science, College of Arts & Sciences

Additionally, the evening recognized employees with 20, 15, 10, and 5 years of service to Andrews University.

Music Professor Performs Wagner in Hong Kong

by Jenna Neil

Charles Reid, associate professor of voice and voice area coordinator at Andrews University, spent a week in January performing one of the four operas from Wagner’s “Ring Cycle” with the Hong Kong Philharmonic in China. 

The Hong Kong Philharmonic has committed to performing and recording Wagner’s “Ring Cycle” over the next four years. This collection of four operas written by the German composer Richard Wagner is compromised of, in sequence, Das Rheingold, Die Walküre, Siegfried and Götterdämmerung. The opera in which Reid participated was Das Rheingold and he performed the role of Froh. 

“Jobs come for various reasons,” he said. “I have two agents, one in Vienna and one in New York. As we establish our singing careers, we build reputations and many jobs develop because of ‘word of mouth’ references.”

The Ring Cycle is written in German and it was also performed in German.

“Second to English, German is the language I know best, thanks to living and working in Germany for approximately ten years,” says Reid. “In addition to training our voices, musicianship and acting abilities, opera singers must become proficient at singing in multiple languages.”

Reid regularly performs in French, English, German, Italian and Latin and has also performed several times in Czech and Russian.

One of the titles that Reid holds at Andrews is artist-in-residence, meaning he takes part in some singing events at Andrews.  Because of this title, he is also expected to continue pursuing a professional singing career along with his teaching career.

“I believe the singing career makes me a much better voice teacher,” he says.  “This concert and recording project was one of several performance events I have planned for this year.”

To see additional photos of Reid's experience in Hong Kong, click here.

51st International Food Fair

by Jenna Neil

The annual International Food Fair will take place on Sunday, March 29, from 12–7 p.m. in Johnson Gym on the campus of Andrews University. The 2015 Food Fair will represent 82 countries and 18 ethnic clubs. Participating clubs include the Korean Club, Peruvian Club, Brazilian Club, Indian Club and Haitian Club, among many others. 

The cost to try the food is minimal. Participants can purchase tickets in blocks of $5 to be used to obtain food at each booth. Cash transactions won’t be accepted at the booths and ticket sales will go to the respective clubs; some of the clubs use their earnings for scholarship funds to assist students and others use the funds for mission projects. 

In years past, the event has been very successful with thousands of people in attendance, coming from as far as Chicago and Grand Rapids. It is a great opportunity to showcase the cultural diversity at Andrews University and to experience food and culture from around the world.

“We certainly hope that you can come and experience the variety of international entrees and dishes prepared by about 20 ethnic international student clubs,” says Robert Benjamin, director of International Student Services & Programs. “We are looking forward to seeing you at this event.”

Village Church for March 14

First Worship - 8:30 a.m.
Second Worship 11:20 am
Speaker - Pastor Ron Kelly
Sermon - "Family S.O.S.: Polluted Sanctuaries"

Jesus of New York?

During his 43-year tenure, retired Andrews University professor Greg Constantine taught the popular class, "The Life of Christ in Great Art."

Using works by a range of artists, including Dutch painter Rembrandt van Rijn and Italian master Michelangelo Buonarroti, Constantine showed how art was used to portray various incidents described in the bible about the life of Jesus Christ.

"Many, many, many artists have done something on the life of Christ," Constantine says. "Of course before the Renaissance and even during the Renaissance the church was pretty much the only patron for artists. They thrived on that."

During the more than 20 years he spent teaching the course, Constantine noticed that both he and his students seemed to relate to some of the same works. That's when he noticed the common denominator.

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

Eau Clair Church Service for March 14

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

Sabbath Speaker: Max Gordiienko
Sermon Title:  Saviors are coming!

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

AU News 3.6.15

AU NEWS 3.6.15

Here's the link for the latest AU News.

Anchors – Kryzia Abacan and Johanna Cho
~ Meet the new AUSA President and Vice President
~ You tell us what issues they should tackle next school year
~ Pioneer Memorial Church gets smart
~ An art professor goes from North Korean refugee to award-winning painter
~ Plus, This Week in Andrews’ history
~ And, a season recap of the Lady Cardinals basketball season

Sunday, March 8, 2015



Journey Concert



Join Journey Ministries in worship in fellowship at Chapel Hill United Methodist Church on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 3:00pm. Explore the idea of a Divine Being (God) being involved in every aspect of our lives and being THERE. ALWAYS. especially in the bad times. 

Invite a friend or a stranger and interact with people you might not normally see in your own community. Step outside of your comfort zone to meet someone else's need in friendship and fellowship. 

See you Then!

CrossRoads - March 14

Come enjoy a great youth and young adult program where we deal with topics and issues relevant to all of us. Every second Saturday of each month we come together with hopes of making a decision for Christ in every aspect of our lives. Enjoy music, arts, discussion, and a challenge to live with power, love, and a sound mind!

Join us this Sabbath, March 14th...6:00pm...Niles Philadelphia SDA Church. All are welcome!

Friday, March 6, 2015

Professor & Curator to Speak at Southern

Southern Adventist University will host Constance E. C. Gane, archaeology professor and museum curator at Andrews University, on Monday, March 30, at 7 p.m. in Lynn Wood Hall Chapel. Gane’s presentation, “Nineveh’s Halzi Gate and the Fall of an Empire,” focuses on of the 5 archaeologist-explored gates of Nineveh, the legendary city in the biblical story of Jonah. The event is free and open to the public.

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Adventist Conference on Family Research & Practice

Building Family Memories: Leaving a Spiritual Legacy
JULY16-18, 2015 - Andrews University

Scott Stanley, PhD - Center for Marital and Family Studies at the University of Denver
Pr. Roger & Kathy Hernandez - Southern Union Conference of SDA

For more information contact us at: 

Thursday, March 5, 2015

A Message from the President

by Niels-Erik Andreasen, president 

You’ve perhaps read, or heard about, an opinion piece about Black History Month celebrations that was printed in last week’s issue of our student newspaper, The Student Movement.

It has led to significant discussion on our campus and in social media, a discussion that has reflected dismay and, at times, outrage, about the views expressed by the student in the article. In turn, these discussions have raised questions about whether the views expressed in that opinion piece reflected a larger attitude about race and diversity on the part of the University and its administration.

The student newspaper is and should be a place where honest conversation about ideas can take place—including differing opinions about subjects that matter to us. However, some of the conclusions reached in this opinion piece were clearly at odds with the values of our University community on this subject. Our Student Movement editor has recognized this and has published an apology in the March 4th edition of the student newspaper.

Once again, while this opinion piece may reflect the attitudes of some on this campus and in our country, in the end it ultimately does not reflect the values and attitudes of our entire campus, nor does it ultimately represent the ideals we seek to achieve as a diverse community.

In turn, the fact that Andrews University is still seeking to achieve these ideals, and that some may question our commitment to do so, is a reminder that discussions about race and equality are not fully resolved in our country and, in turn, are not fully resolved on our campus.

At Andrews University, this yet to be fulfilled ideal of true cultural and racial understanding is a specific and assigned task for our Diversity Council, who must study, struggle with and help our University community define a path that helps us move forward. We as individuals, and as a community, still have significant goals to achieve and an important road to travel in this regard.

As we continue on this journey, I want to let you know that we remain fully committed to understanding and best fulfilling God’s plans and purposes to serve as a globally and culturally diverse university community that’s dedicated to changing the world for Him—and to seek to first fulfill that task on our very own campus.

Waldensian class

Take a Religion Class and Travel to the ancient home of the Waldenses in the Piedmonts of Northern Italy June 3-11, 2015.  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 AU campus, plus a $250.00 tour fee).

Persons who wish to take this 3 credit class will need to contact Professor Kathleen Demsky, Director Architecture Resource Center (ph. 269-471- 2418/ email - 

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. 

For Persons who want to travel with us on this faith journey and are not taking it as a class the cost is $3,584.

Please contact Professor Demsky by phone or email for the resources (books/DVDs) that will be needed prior to taking the tour, to gain knowledge beforehand, of the amazing historical sights of these ancient people of faith, which we will discover on this faith journey. 

Town Hall Meetings

Attention University employees,

Please plan to join us for a town hall meeting on one of the dates outlined below. Important information regarding your 2015/2016 benefits, benefit enrollment and the health management program will be discussed.

Where: Howard Performing Arts Center

When: The meetings will be held on each date listed below. The same information will be shared at each session.

Monday, March 9       10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Thursday, March 12   10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Tuesday, March 17     12 p.m. and 3 p.m.

If you have any questions about these meetings, please email

March 10 AICER Symposium POSTPONED



The March 10, 2015 AICER Symposium is being postponed to a later date.  However, the March 24 symposium by Dr. Jay Brand will be held as scheduled:  Cognition of Creativity  & Innovation.

AICER Presents Dr. Jay Brand

Andrews International Center for Educational Research (AICER) invites students, faculty and interested participants to attend a research symposium on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 5:30 p.m.

Presenter: Dr. Jay Brand, Professor of Leadership and Higher Education, School of Education, Andrews University

Cognition of Creativity & Innovation

Are you creative? Have you ever wondered what people are actually doing when being creative? Would you like to be more creative? Does your job actually inhibit your creativity? Does your organization or institution encourage or unwittingly discourage creativity and innovation? What sort of environment(s) actually foster/nurture creativity & innovation? Come hear answers to these questions and more in this exciting seminar!

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

Whether or not you are a registered Andrews’ students you can join from PC, Mac, iOS or Android:

Or join by phone:

    +1 (415) 762-9988 or +1 (646) 568-7788 US Toll
    Meeting ID: 986 519 485
    International numbers available:

Or join from a H.323/SIP room system:

    Dial: (US West) or (US East)
    Meeting ID: 986 519 485


PMC Family Vespers

Saturday March 7th
At 6 PM
PMC Youth Chapel

For Vespers!

Guest Speaker:
Dr. Don Tynes, M.D
Topic: Poor blood circulation
in the lower limbs and
alternatives to amputations.


Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Doctoral Defense: Zechariah Hoyt

DOCTORAL DEFENSE: Monday, March 16, 2015, from 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. in Board Room, Room #307, in the Administrative Building. Zechariah Hoyt will defend his dissertation in partial fulfillment for the PhD degree in Leadership. Zechariah Hoyt’s dissertation title is, “The Induction Process of Newly Hired Teachers Into the Existing School Culture of Niles Community Schools.” Those wishing to attend must make their request through Anna Piskozub, by calling 471-3109.

Doctoral Defense: Elizabeth Armstrong

DOCTORAL DEFENSE: Tuesday, March 10, 2015 from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. in Board Room, Room #307, in the Administrative Building. Elizabeth Armstrong will defend her dissertation in partial fulfillment for the PhD degree in Leadership. Elizabeth Armstrong’s dissertation title is, “Using Fantasy Themed Analysis to Describe Creative Problem Solving Group Communication in University Level Destination Imagination Teams.” Those wishing to attend must make their request through Anna Piskozub, by calling 471-3109.

CYB Group Training

Are you ready to get fitter, stronger, and healthier? CHANGE YOUR BODY! Anna Piskozub’s effective group personal training starts a new session on Sunday, March 15, at 9am, at Lamson Health Club. Individualized program will help you slim down, create stronger core, boost agility, increase flexibility and balance while you tone and shape your entire body. Class times are Sunday at 9am, Tuesday at 6pm and Thursday 6pm. Note: AU employees will be reimbursed up to 50% for the cost of the program. If you are interest in joining, please call the Lamson Health Club at 471-3449 or e-mail Anna at

Pauline Maxwell Birthday Celebration

The Fairplain Seventh-day Adventist Church will be celebrating the 90th birthday of Pauline Maxwell, a long-time Berrien Springs resident and wife of the late Mervyn Maxwell, on Sabbath evening, March 7, beginning at 6:00 p.m. Come join us as we honor her life. A light supper will be served.

The church is located at 140 Seneca in Benton Harbor.

A Forum On State and Regional Conferences

AU Adventist Peace Fellowship, in collaboration with Andrews University Student Association, Black Student Christian Forum, Andrews Ministerial Association, African Student Association, Andrews Filipino International Association (Afia AU), Andrews Indonesian Student Initiative Society, Andrews University Psychology Club, Andrews University Religious Liberty Association, AULL4One, Caribbean Nations Club, J. N. Andrews Honors Program, Korean American Student Association, Phi Alpha Theta, Pre-Law Society, and Saving Oppressed Servants present:

A Forum on State and Regional Conferences.

This forum seeks to educate the Andrews community about a very current issue in our church: the administrative separation of our conferences along racial lines.

In light of the recent national conversations on race and race relations, this aspect of our church organization can seem strange. We want to learn about the current structure, the history behind it, and some of the opinions people have about it.

This Sabbath, Newbold Auditorium, doors open at 4:00 pm. Event begins 4:30. Come to learn. Open minds welcome.

Bookstore Hours During Spring Break

Please note the following hours for the Andrews University Bookstore during spring break:

Monday–Thursday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

Friday, 10 a.m.–noon

Deans List Fall 2014

Fall 2014 Dean’s List

Andrews University has announced the undergraduate dean’s list for fall semester 2014. The students listed have maintained a semester GPA of 3.5 or higher while having at least 12 credits, no incompletes and no grade below a B. There are 549 students on the list.

Abbadasari, Roshani R
Abbott, Hannah E
Abraham, Kristen J
Abreu, Charles M
Acre, Alastair D
Aguilera, Janelle N
Ahn, John H
Ahn, Joshua K
Alconcel, Hannah A
Alfaro, Geselle S
Allen, Brandon W
Alva, Rayford C
Amaro, Amanda
Anderson, Chelesia J
Anderson, Imani J
Andvik, Erlend
Anobile, Aurianna D
Antonov, Alexandr
Arkusinski, Abigail A
Asgeirsson, Alanna Y
Ashton, Benjamen D
Atkins, Christiana D
Babb, Lane H
Bailey, Kaydra A
Baker, Nolan S
Baldwin, Bryan J
Bange, Amanda J
Bankes, Emily-Jean E
Baptist, Brandon M
Bardan, Christian
Barfi, Gifty B
Barrett, Brendan C
Bastos, Linda
Battle, Alicia L
Bauer, Khelsea V
Bauer, Kylynda C
Baxter, Sarah J
Beisiegel, Amy S
Benavides, Rafael A
Beras, Heidy
Berger, Rocio
Berglund, Nathan D
Bissereth, D’nedgyne
Bitterman, Lauren A
Bjelica, Aiyana C
Blackmer, Alyssa L
Blahovich, Christina L
Bohorquez, Jackeline
Bolkovic, Nathan L
Borabon, Rhonalin Evy R
Bornman, Madeline R
Bosco, Alaryss M
Boucher, Miryam
Bovee, Ryan Y
Bovell, Christina L
Boyko, Matthew S
Bradfield, Lyndon N
Breetzke, Ashley N
Briggs, Heather M
Broner, Nichole D
Brown, Andrew J
Brown, Kenreah L
Brown, Kreshona M
Brown, Subira S
Brummett, Jennifer L
Bryson, John M
Buchholz, Jessica R
Buckins, Jasmine M
Bugbee, Anna L
Burrill, Kristi L
Burt, Celesta S
Burton, Cameron J
Butlin, James G
Byeon, Hye-eun
Byrdak, Melanie G
Calderon, Arleni M
Calhoun, Kaitlyn M
Calhoun, Stephanie L
Callahan, Noelle D
Campbell, Seth T
Carr, Natahlia-Naomi O
Carrington, Lisa J
Castillo, Anamaria
Celestin, Leila A
Chacko, Alexandra E
Chadwick, Marthita N
Chan, Shek Man
Chand, Arnold J
Chang, Alexis J
Chang, Samantha N
Chatman, Austin L
Cheever, Jesica M
Chi, Hannah J
Chirachevin, Warit
Chlevin, Cassandra N
Cho, Eunbyeol
Choi, Benjamin Y
Choi, Hannah J
Choi, Hyeme
Choi, Jisu
Choi, Kenneth D
Choi, Michael
Chong, Aram
Chun, Nicholas H
Chun, Noah Y
Chung, Alyssia K
Church, Bradley J
Clark, Richard A
Cogen, Carlan A
Coleman, Chelcie A
Coleman, Jennifer J
Collatz, Kyle B
Colomb, Ashley M
Comeau, Ryan R
Condon, Jessica N
Cook, Gabrielle E
Cortez, Hadid
Coto, Lyla J
Counsell, Florence N
Covrig, Colette L
Creed, Keila K
Croughan, Brenden C
Cruz, Yanitza
Cuke, Dachele A
Da Silva, Francisco C
Dalgleish, Hannah M
Dass, Saharsh
Davidovas, Steven N
Davis, Donovan J
Davis, Joycelyn M
Davisson, Richard A
De Klerk, Michael E
De la Cruz, Karl Joelson F
Dehm, Kayla J
Delima, Nicole R
DeWind, Katie L
Dieck, Megan E
Dillard, Kiara L
Ditta, Fairlyn A
Diya, Rolane Tweenie T
Dohna, Jacqueline M
Doram, Jonathan E
Drew, Alyson E
Drumi, Charlotte Y
Duah, Martha M
Dunn, Christianna J
Dunn, Christina N
Duvivier, Daphne L
Duvra, Daniela M
Eldridge, Victoria F
Ellis, Whitney N
Elloway, Lindy D
Emmanuel, Keddy D
Ezeribe, Yaddel A
Fatal, Melissa
Filkoski, Jennifer L
Filkoski, Michael L
Fitzgerald, Hannah E
Flores, Josias A
Fogel, Abraham L
Francis, Ludanne G
Frederick, Morgan E
Fuhrman, Gregory J
Fuller, Rebecca A
Garcia, Edith
Garcia, Miguel A
Gaynor, Maurice A
Gehring, Nicholas R
Gensolin, Rachelle J
Gilbert, Christopher R
Gillen, Erica S
Gillespie, Calin C
Gomez, Edy
Gonzalez, Amante J
Gonzalez, John
Grant, Kimi K
Greene, Bonnie L
Greene, Re’Jeanne A
Greenley, Donavan M
Greenley, Natasha K
Grellmann, Jason D
Grellmann, Shelly M
Grinstead, Tiffany K
Gruesbeck, Michael L
Habenicht, April D
Halbritter, Kathryn R
Halbritter, Kristen E
Hales, Cassandra E
Hall, Dakota J
Han, Yeongmin
Han, Yuna
Hardin, Pheonix M
Harmon, Ronald A
Harris, Noel S
Hart, Kelsey T
Harty, Emil M
Harvey, Courtney-Lynn
Haskins, Dwagne J
Henry, Irma M
Hernandez, Michael E
Hess, Michael L
Hilton, Nathon L
Hodges, Alexander W
Hodges, Cooper B
Hoffman, Brittany S
Holzschuher, Jordan A
Hong, Andrew J
Hong, Sung Ho
Hsu, Hsiang
Hunt, Renee A
Hurlow, Darryl G
Hutauruk, Vanessa N
Hwang, Irene S
Hwang, Namhee
Idowu, Temitope A
Igilimbabazi, Valentine L
Im, Justin H
Izumi, Yuri F
Jackson-Ezell, Regina
Jacobson, Ryan
Jaeger, Jonathan B
Jaeger, Justine M
James, Alanna E
Jamieson, Sarah R
Jardine, Philip G
Jencks, Adam S
Jenkins, Christopher M
Jeon, Won Jin
Jeon, Yejin
Jiang, Kun
Joseph, Adelia K
Joseph, Orean A
Ju, Dahyeon
Jung, Nathaniel H
Kairu, Anne W
Kang, Kara H
Kang, Yoona
Kardash, Patricia M
Kardos-Moldovan, Nancy G
Kelchner, Amber M
Kessler, Dominick C
Kessler, Jeanmark D
Khumalo, Sandakahle S
Kim, Alice Y
Kim, Bomi
Kim, Christopher J
Kim, Chu Hyun
Kim, Dong Jin
Kim, Elizabeth J
Kim, Hwakyeong
Kim, Ivan S
Kim, Joshua H
Kim, Kaitlyn S
Kim, Kristen S
Kim, Rachel S
Kim, Seonghyun
Kim, Shanelle E
Kim, Si Hyun
Kim, Victoria S
King, Shelby L
Kingman, John E
Kivumbi, Molly N
Knepp, Tatiana D
Knott, Olivia B
Ko, Su Jung
Korenichenko, Aleksey V
Kosowesky, Elizabeth M
Kotanko, Sara M
Krause, Andrew
Krzywon, Lukasz J
Kuramochi, Mayu I
Kwon, Anna Y
Lam, Jessenia W
LaPointe, Jenna E
LaPointe, Jillian A
Latour, Donn M
Lau, Ka Cheung
LaVanture, John D
Leacock, Julia M
Leavitt, Bethany E
LeBlanc, Jacob C
Lebo, Jon L
Ledesma, Ariana C
Lee, Abraham Y
Lee, Charles J
Lee, Christopher S
Lee, DongGeon
Lee, Hye Lim
Lee, Jeong Bin
Lee, Ji Yeon
Lee, Joanne Jee Yeon
Lee, Melissa
Lee, Seongmin D
Leung, Wan Hay
Lofthouse, Hayley J
Logan, Kari M
Lorenz, Kelly M
Lozano Sanchez, Carlos R
Mackintosh, Tia C
Magbanua, Emma J
Magbanua, James C
Magno, Darley R
Magsipoc, Adrianne R
Maier, Colby F
Makiling, Precious S
Manzano, Katie E
Maravilla, Cynthia M
Marciniak, David C
Markland, Bajel B
Markos, James E
Marsh, Daniel S
Marshall, Karel L
Martin, Danielle A
Martinez, Bernardo I
Martinez-Hernandez, Maria C
Materano, Luz R
Mayor, Joseph L
Mbungu, Hannah M
McAllister, Jevoni W
McAuliffe, Emily M
McCall, Holly E
McDonald, Danielle T
McDonald, Kimberlyn E
McDonald, Shenika K
Mcintosh, Rroya-rae M
Mendonca, Julison D
Meyer, Zachary W
Middaugh, Rachel L
Mikkelson, Erika M
Milam, Dylan B
Milam, Sidney N
Milam, Tyler D
Minnick, Kayla B
Mitra, Ervin
Momohara, Michael M
Moncrieff, Andre E
Mondak, Adam M
Mondak, Jordan D
Monroe, Jannel A
Montalvo, Aaron E
Montalvo, Diana B
Moon, Robert D
Moon, Sunhye
Moore, Amanda M
Moore, Dori B
Moore, Lee-Ann T
Moore, Nicole M
Moronta, Luis G
Morrison, Kyler C
Muller, Christopher T
Mulzac, Karla E
Murphy, Shanell A
Murrillo, Jaunna J
Musgrove, Erin
Musvosvi, Rufaro C
Mwamba, Christine Y
Mwangi, Fonda W
Mwinga, Nhimba M
Myrie, Liam S
Nam, Ansel H
Neighbors, Tyler B
Nelson, Bailey T
Neufville, Candace J
Ng, Kimberlyn C
Ngugi, Joses N
Nommik, Aldar
Nyakundi, Gideon O
Ogego, Hope C
Ogidan, Olabode E
Ogoti, Purity K
Ortiz, Caleb
Ortiz, David E
Ott, Christopher R
Owens, Kristopher L
Owino, Jimmy O
Palmieri, Jaclyn F
Panjaitan, Ezra C
Paquette, Joel J
Paris, Kristina L
Park, Hye Rim
Park, Jinhui
Park, Kimberly H
Pazvakawambwa, Joshua T
Penaredondo, Gian L
Pender, Austin L
Penny, Veronica S
Penrod, Jonathan J
Perez, Daniela A
Perez Barreto, Mara D
Perkins, Emily A
Peterson, Ashley D
Pichot, Rachelle E
Pierre, Naude C
Plantak, Mihael
Polski, Robert M
Pope, Darique P
Powers, Brian S
Quetz, Jazmin
Ramos, David D
Randolph, Zachary A
Ray, Rebekah S
Redondo, Sharon K
Regal, David P
Reichert, Ashley A
Reichert, Zachary M
Rengifo, Brenda L
Resler, Jacob B
Rieger, Cody A
Rikin, Patricia F
Ringer, Mark B
Rios, Luis A
Robertson, John C
Robley-Spencer, Melaine J
Rodriguez, Jatniel A
Rojas Marrugo, Cesar E
Romelus, Jade
Rorabeck, Anna C
Roschman, Melodie A
Rose, Rebekah E
Roselio, Dawn C
Ross, Danielle A
Roy, Nolan
Ruhupatty, Melisa A
Rurangirwa, Melody N
Rybicki, Caroline M
Ryoo, Seunghyun
Samlalsingh, Sade S
Sanchez, Randy
Saragih, Daven I
Sarno, Kelcey M
Saucedo, Frank J
Savage, Kristine M
Schell, Elisabeth
Scott, Ciara J
Scott, Daniel A
Scott, Myrtie R
Seats, Celeena M
Seo, Ye Lim
Sharley, Jonathan
Sharpe, Zachary K
Sherman, Emily A
Shim, Sol
Shin, Haneul
Shockey, Brian D
Shockey, Jason R
Shou, Aaron T
Sisodia, JoAnn G
Small, Ashley A
Smith, Athena T
Smith, Connor R
Smith, Kourtney R
Smith, Winter A
Smoot, Haley E
Sokolies, Jacob E
Soler, Madeleine A
Somers, Tanique A
Spieth, Christa A
Spoon, Amber R
St Brice, Shervon R
St Martin, Daniette S
Stacey, Seth S
Stahl, Joshua L
Staniszewski, Tara V
Starkey, Marc N
Starkey, Mary K
Starr, Meredith P
Steinweg, Tiffany D
Stelfox, Jessica A
Stelfox, Sarah M
Stern, Brittany J
Stewart, Andrew R
Stiles, Lauryn M
Suh, Isaac S
Sung, Hyukje
Sung, Kyung je
Sutton, Christopher C
Swann, Dana A
Swerdlow, Zachariah D
Symes, Ashton
Szynkowski, Andrea L
Tagalog, Carlyle F
Takahashi, Kaylie R
Takahashi, Zachary R
Taujale, Susmita
Taylor, John W
Tejeda, Abigail E
Tentea, Daniel P
Theus, Andrew T
Thiele, Satoshi K
Thomas, Britney E
Thomas, Jeremy N
Thompson, Liberty R
Thompson, Sasha Gay P
Thona, Maryand C
Thornhill, Rosanne N
Torres-Colon, Roxanna N
Tremols-Castillo, Meylin Y
Turenne, Sabine L
Turner, Amber P
Turner, Tiffany T
Turon, Marian
Ulangca, Randall S
Ulangca, Richard A
Ursin, Kayla N
Uwimana, Clemence H
Uzuegbu, Krystal C
Vallado, Nina
Vu, Huong T
Vyhmeister, Erik C
Wagner, Samuel L
Walayat, Andrew J
Walker, Joseph H
Wankyo, Gati T
Watson, Way Anne B
Watson, Whitney W
Wedderburn, Chrystal E
Weir, Sumiko K
Wheeler, Danika L
Wheeler, Jonathan M
Whiting, Andrew B
Whitlow, Amanda M
Willard, Jacob M
Willer, Michelle M
Williams, Chantal I
Wineland, Serena B
Winnard, Thomas J
Wong, Ngai
Wong, Wai Shan A
Wood, Holly A
Wynne, Lianne L
Xu, Zihui
Yadata, Abel B
Yang, Da Eun
Yoon, Jessica E
Yoon, Taemin
Yoong, Jessica A
You, Eui Bin
You, Hyelin
Young, Andrew J
Young, Hannah M
Young, Juliette M
Young, Tyler A
Youngberg, Marcus R
Younker, Sarah E
Yu, Yi I
Zdor, Greg W
Zdor, John S
Zehm, Cherri J
Zehm, Elizabeth J
Zhu, Hongqing
Zimmerman, Dillon C
Zimmerman, Trevor R

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Hooked on Games

Andrews University has invited Andrew Doan, a neuroscientist, to talk with undergraduate students about the effects of video games on the brain. His main presentation will be at Pioneer Memorial Church on Thursday, March 5, at 11:30 a.m. for Thursday Series.

Doan is a recognized expert in technology and video game addiction. With a doctoral degree in neuroscience, his background in molecular neuroscience adds in-depth knowledge of the areas of internet addiction, video game addiction, and technology addiction. He spends 80 percent of his time in medical research as head of addictions & resilience research for the U.S. Navy in the Department of Mental Health. Doan is also the author of "Hooked on Games." 

"Hooked on Games" provides insight into the minds of hardcore gamers, helping us understand how and why gamers are lured to and trapped within the digital world of video games and the Internet. This book outlines methods on how to escape the addiction and to start on the path of recovery.

Doan enjoys talking to kids and their parents about video games and their effects on those who play them. To this end, there will be an open program for parents and the community on Thursday evening, March 5, at 7 p.m., in the Andrews Academy chapel.

Week in Pictures

Medicine for the Cause of Peace

On Thursday, March 12, two Israeli doctors who are treating wounded Syrians in a war zone will present at Andrews University. Arie Eisenman, head of the internal division in the Emergency Medicine Department, and Ohad Ronen, senior physician-surgeon in the Department of Otolaryngology, will present in Newbold Auditorium in Buller Hall at 11:30 a.m. This event is free and open to the public.

Hailing from the Medical Center to the Galilee in Israel, the doctors will share personal experiences treating hundreds of wounded Syrians who are brought to their hospital from the Israel-Syria border for life-saving surgeries. More than 1,500 casualties of the Syrian war have been treated in Israel to date.

Eisenman studied medicine at Tel Aviv University, graduating in 1981, and was trained in emergency medicine at Witwatersrand University in Johannesburg and Elim Hospital in South Africa, then specialized in internal medicine at Carmel Medical Center in Haifa and served as senior physician of internal medicine at Rambam Medical Center there.

His research focuses on emergency medicine and resuscitation, and he has participated in writing nearly 30 articles, reviews and descriptions dealing with the promotion of CPR knowledge and emergency medicine. A worldwide presenter, in 2009 Eisenman shared his personal experiences treating victims of the second Lebanon war in Nahariya to four hospitals and EMS teams in New Jersey.

Ronen received his MD in 1995 from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa and completed his internship at Shaare Zedek Hospital in Jerusalem. He spent several months doing humanitarian work at a rural hospital in South Africa before completing his residency in otolaryngology (head and neck surgery) at Carmel Medical Center. He then moved to Southern Illinois University School of Medicine (Springfield) for a two-year fellowship in head and neck cancer surgery.

He is currently a lecturer at Bar Ilan Faculty of Medicine in the Galilee, and mentors sixth-year medical students’ MD theses. He is also involved in several areas of research, including human papilloma virus and cancer, micro biome of ENT patients and genetics of hearing loss. He has authored numerous medical journal publications and book chapters.

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Play Celebrates Legendary Filipino's Influence

The role of Philippine national hero and liberator Jose Rizal initially seemed like an intimidating assignment for Kyle Lucrida - who hadn't acted since middle school.

However, once the Andrews University senior dug more deeply into the subject, he gained all the necessary confidence.

"At first, I wasn't sure - I didn't know if I could take on the role," Lucrida said. "Going in, I knew his name, and that was the extent of my knowledge. But as I looked into him, and all that he did for the Philippines, it definitely inspired me to portray it better."

Lucrida, a biological pre-medicine student, performed the lead role in "Our Story: Jose Rizal" - an original play written and directed by Andrews University engineering senior James Magbanua.

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

Free Storm-Spotter Training

In cooperation with the National Weather Service, we are pleased to offer Skywarn® Spotter Training for 2015.

"This free training opportunity is an excellent way for citizens to learn about severe weather threats and help prepare them to react to severe weather,” said Capt. Rockey Adams of the Berrien County Emergency Management Office. "Spotters will also learn how to contact the NWS Northern Indiana Office, to give specific information about storm conditions. This information is used to warn others in the community of these threats," Capt. Adams added. (Read More)

Preregistration Required: Click here to register

Call (269) 983-7111 x4915 for help

Date: Tuesday, March 10th, 2015
Time: 6:00 PM EDT
Location: Chan Shun Hall

Niles-Westside Church Service for March 7

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

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

March 7: Pastor Darrel le Roux, Speaker

Chem/Biochem Student Seminar

All are encouraged to attend and hear Rosanne Thornhill, Seth Campbell, Adrianne Magsipoc and Alanna James present their topics on Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 4:30pm in A-107 Halenz Hall.

Their topics are:
Synthesis of Isoxazoline Derivatives as Potentials Anti-Cancer Agents (Thornhill)

Myelination in Jeopardy: Polyethylene Glycol for CNS Repairs (Campbell, Magsipoc, James)

This is the first installment of our 2015 Winter-Spring Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry Student Seminar Series. See the attached flyers for more speaker information.

For non-Andrews faculty, students and others wishing to attend:

There are directions given to Andrews at:

To get to the A-107 Halenz Hall:
Turn in at the J. N. Andrews Blvd. entrance.  Go pass the Security Gate House.  Make  right turn at the first intersection on to E Campus Circle Drive.   Then make a left turn at the next intersection (E Campus Circle Drive).  Make another left onto Administration Drive.  The Science Complex is the bldg on your left.  The Chemistry Dept. is on the side of the Science Complex (4270 Administration Drive) opposite the Bookstore parking lot.  You can park in the bookstore parking lot or the one straight ahead.  My Office # is A-323 Halenz Hall .... on the third floor of the Science Complex.

Teachers are encouraged to announce this seminar in their classes and/or forward this email to their classes. All are welcome to forward this email along to colleagues and friends.

Pathfinder Leadership Training


AY SILVER AWARD - March 22, 9:30-10:00 am, Pioneer Memorial Church, Junior 1. Come learn about this new challenge for older Pathfinders.

AYMT INSTRUCTOR CERTIFICATION - a new certificate for older TLTs and Pathfinder staff to strengthen their skills in teaching honors and religious classwork within the Pathfinder club. Prerequisites include being at least 16 years old, and having Pathfinder Basic Staff Training. Seminars are free.

Friday, March 27, 2015.  Pioneer Memorial Church, Junior 1 classroom.
        5:45 pm, EDUC230 Teaching AY Honors
        7:15 pm, EDUC21 Practical Application for Teaching IA

Sabbath, March 28
        2:30 pm, EDUC Teaching the Pathfinder AY Curriculum
        4:00 pm, EDUC200 Teaching IA
        5:30 pm, Teaching a Specific Honor

Friday, April 3
        5:45 pm, EDUC003 Understanding Learning styles
        7:15 pm, Teaching a Specific Honor

Saturday, April 4
        2:30 pm,EDUC002 Understanding Teaching styles
        4:00 pm, EDUC004 Understanding Multiple Intelligence

Friday, March 13, 2015 , PMC Junior 1, Seminars are free.
         7:00pm, Teaching Investiture Achievement

Sabbath, March 14
         3:00pm, Introduction to Discipline
         4:30pm, Survey of Camping and Campout Planning

Friday, April 24
         7:00pm, FINA 100 Handling Finances

Sabbath, May 23, 2015
          3:00pm, PYSO 207 Dealing with Parents
          4:30pm, LEAD 001 Introduction to Leadership Skills

CPR CERTIFICATION, Pioneer Memorial Church, Junior 1. Cost: 25 dollars payable to instructor. Please purchase this book prior to the meeting. First Aid CPR AED nv90-1044.  $12.00 or
          March 7, Sabbath evening,  First Aid, 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
          March 8, Sunday,CPR,  9 am -  1pm


          PLA Camping, March 13, 4:30 pm, PMC Junior 1
          PLA Current Issues, April 4, 5:30 pm

PIA EXIT REVIEWS - March 22, 10:00am, PMC Junior 1


Monday, March 2, 2015

Honors Scholars & Undergraduate Research Poster Symposium

Madagascar Study Tour

Revive Vespers: Called, Chosen, Faithful

Make sure that you come to Revive Vespers this Friday! Justin Torossian will be presenting his last message in the "Called, Chosen, & Faithful" series called "Overcome."

7:30 pm on Friday, March 6, 2015

Biology Amphitheater/ Price Hall

Co-curricular credit available

Eau Clair Church Service for March 7

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

Sabbath Speaker: Pastor Ted Toms
Sermon Title:  "The Secret of Mentorship Means"

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

Memorial Service for Dr. Thesba N. Johnston

Memorial Service for Dr. Thesba N. Johnston
Date: March 7th, 2015
Location: All Nations SDA Church
Time: 4:30PM

Dr. Johnston was an emeritus Professor at Andrews University and a pioneer of the All Nations SDA Church and we would love to recognize her life of service.

For more information, please email

Rare Exhibit from Jordan at Andrews

Area residents have the opportunity to see artifacts rarely seen outside the nation of Jordan in a new exhibit at the Siegfried H. Horn Archaeological Museum at Andrews University.

“Figurines of Tall Jalul” opened in mid-January and will be at the museum until April 30, Horn Museum curator Constance Gane said. Individuals and school groups interested in viewing the new exhibit can contact the museum to arrange tours. The Horn’s public hours are from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturdays. The museum is located next to the Apple Valley Market on Old U.S. 31.

<<< Read the full story in the South Bend Tribune >>>

Biochemistry Grad on Alzheimers Research

A new British study highlighting the fact that memory-destroying Alzheimer's has become the leading cause of death in women in the UK, should ring alarm bells in the US, says a leading brain-health specialist.

...Dr. Daniel Thomas, founder of, said, "There is every reason to believe that what has been seen in the British study may soon be seen here in the states. Alzheimer's is not only the most-feared disease, but is also the fastest-growing disease in America. This is an unprecedented health-care crisis that could cost this country $1 trillion a year. The scope of the looming medical-care disaster is beyond comparison. If this disease is not contained, it may bankrupt the US healthcare system!"

...Dr. Thomas is a brain-health specialist and founder of He is a leader in the promising field of neurogenesis. Dr. Thomas earned his medical degree from Des Moines University, a Master's degree Metabolic and Nutritional Medicine from the University of South Florida College of Medicine, and a Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry from Andrews University.

<<< Read the full story on >>>

Film Program Brings Social Consciousness

In this digital era, films are not only a main source of entertainment, but also one of the most effective ways of communicating ideas. Documentaries in particular are a form of visual storytelling that can address important social issues through the lens of nonfiction narrative.

...Documentaries have become the voice for Adventist filmmakers like Paul Kim, who wishes to use his creative force towards social causes relevant today. Paul Kim is an associate professor of documentary film at Andrew’s University. As a professor, his stated mission is to help the Adventist community engage and create culture.

<<< Read the full story in Spectrum Magazine >>>

Friday, February 27, 2015

Werner Lehmann Life Story

Werner W. Lehmann, former employee of Plant Services at Andrews University, passed away Thursday, Feb. 26, from the results of a massive stroke. 

He was born Feb. 4, 1934 in Rosthern, Saskatchewan, Canada. His parents being grain and dairy farmers gave Werner an appreciation for an honest work ethic that followed him the rest of his life. He was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church where he faithfully served in various capacities throughout his lifetime.

His early education began in a little country school in the town of his birth. He graduated from La Sierra University in 1970 with a BS in biology and from Loma Linda University with a master's degree in public health. 

In 1995, he and his family moved to Eau Claire, Michigan, where he worked for Andrews University Plant Services. After retirement, he spent many pleasant hours composing music to the honor of his precious Savior. 

He is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Shirley (Oetman) Lehmann; daughter Leandra Block of Bullhead City, Arizona; daughter Jennifer Wittum of North Carolina; son Kevin (’04) (Linaea) Lehmann of Granger, Indiana; daughter Karyn (’06) (Zach) Owen of Loveland, Colorado; four priceless grandchildren; and sister Ellen (Lyle) Thunstrom of Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada.

The funeral service will be held at the Eau Claire Seventh-day Adventist Church at 6562 Naomi Rd, Eau Claire, Michigan, at 3 p.m., Tueday. March 3, 2015. Viewing will precede from 1–3 p.m. at the same location.

Werner was a lifelong advocate of Seventh-day Adventist education. In lieu of flowers, donations can be given to the Eau Claire SDA Elementary School. 

LAST CHANCE to Bring the Gospel to Communist Cuba with Your Used/New Tablet!

Change the world in a big way with one simple act - donating your used or new iPad, Kindle, or Android-based tablet to the MDiv office or by giving financially to the cause. We will be loading the tablets with the Bible, EGW writings, the SDA Bible Commentary, religious music and other materials. To donate financially, please make checks payable to “Andrews University”. Email for more details. 

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Thank You From Gyeresi Family

Dear Andrews Family,

We would like to express our heartfelt and sincere appreciation for the loving kindness you surrounded our family with during our dear Erno's illness and after his passing. Your gentle words of encouragement and support have meant a lot to us. We appreciated the countless prayers, cards, flowers, hugs and food we received.

May the Lord richly bless you for everything you have done for us. We can't wait to see our dear Erno in heaven, very soon.

Ildiko Gyeresi and family

2015 Health Benefits Town Hall Meetings

Dear Andrews University Employee:

Please plan to join us for a town hall meeting on one of the dates outlined below. Important information regarding your 2015/2016 benefits, benefit enrollment and the health management program will be discussed.

Where: Howard Performing Arts Center

When: The meetings will be held on each date listed below. Similar information wil be shared at each session.

Monday, March 9       10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Thursday, March 12   10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Tuesday, March 17     12 p.m. and 3 p.m.

If you have any questions on the town hall meetings, please contact Benefits via email at

Supervisors and Office Managers: Please post in your department for employees who do not have access to email. Thank you.

Professor Judges Music Competition

Thirty of the most promising college and high school vocal music performance students from the Midwest will compete at the annual Kalamazoo Bach Festival Young Vocalists Competition on Saturday, March 14, in Kalamazoo College's Recital Hall in the Light Fine Arts Building. The competition, which is a free event open to the public, begins at 9:30 a.m. The purpose of the Young Vocalists Competition is to encourage the study and performance of vocal music.

...Judges for the competition are Maura Janton Cock, Lecturer in Music at Valparaiso University, and Stephen Zork, Associate Professor of Music at Andrews University. They will choose first, second and third place winners as well as honorable mentions in both divisions.

<<< Read the full story >>>

Caribbean Nations Club Social

The Caribbean Nations Club (CNC) is an organization based on the Andrews University campus that aims to facilitate the education, empowerment, and enjoyment of Caribbean culture.

On February 28, 2015, at Burman Hall, CNC invites all to celebrate the history and culture of the Caribbean!

Come play games, win prizes, socialize and listen to conscious, uplifting Calypso music, and taste some awesome Caribbean food!

Admission will be free for all and doors open at 8pm. 

Food for members of CNC will be free and non-members will be charged $2 per plate.

Members will also receive their club T-shirts for this year!

Like the Caribbean Nations Club Facebook page for events and updates!


Health Professions Career Fair

Health Professions Career Fair

When:  March 2, 2015

Where:  Howard Performing Arts Center

Time: 10:30am - 2:00pm

Juniors and seniors from health professions and social work are invited to Health Professions Career Fair.  Please bring your resume when you come to meet with prospective employers.  Professional attire is highly recommended.


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Music Festival Concert & More

The Andrews University Department of Music will host three events the first week of March. All events are free (no tickets required) and open to the public.

On Thursday, March 5, the department’s faculty members will present the annual Showcase Recital as part of the University’s Band & Keyboard Music Festival. The recital will take place at 7 p.m. in the Howard Performing Arts Center.

Featured will be Chris Gibson, flute; Jason Gresl, bass clarinet; Lisa Bubar, bassoon; Debra Inglefield, horn; Dan McCarthy, trumpet; Alan Mitchell, trombone; Charles Reid, voice; Claudio Gonzalez, violin; Carla Trynchuk, violin; and Carlos Flores, piano.

On Friday, March 6, the Department of Music will present a vespers concert featuring the Wind Symphony and University Singers, as individual ensembles and in a cooperative piece. The concert will take place at 7 p.m. in the Howard Performing Arts Center.

The Wind Symphony, under the direction of Alan Mitchell, will perform “Alleluia” by Cross, “The Spheres” by Gjeilo, “Sunrise at Angel’s Gate” by Sparke and the Michigan premiere of Gregory Youtz’s “For Those Who Wait.”  The University Singers, under the direction of Stephen Zork, will perform “Caritas Et Amor” by Stroope, “Alleluia” from “Songs of Faith” by Basler and “Jesus, The Very Thought of Thee” by Slater. The Wind Symphony and the University Singers will combine to perform Ola Gjeilo’s “Meridian.”

On Saturday, March 7, 97 high school students from four states and Canada will present the Andrews University Band & Keyboard Music Festival Concert. It will take place at 4 p.m. in the Howard Performing Arts Center.

The festival band is directed by Edwin Powell from Pacific Lutheran University (Tacoma, Washington) and Alan Mitchell, Wind Symphony director at Andrews. Keyboard festival students will present several selections under the direction of Carlos Flores, professor of music theory and piano, and Trina Thompson, assistant professor of theory and piano, both at Andrews University.

The Festival Band will perform “Be Thou My Vision” by Gillingham, “Hymn of St. James” by Clark, “Jesus, Jesus Rest Your Head” by Wallace, “My Jesus! Oh, What Anguish” by Reed and “Joy in All Things” by Balmages.

For more information about these events contact the Andrews University Department of Music at or 269-471-3555.

Chinese New Year Celebration

The Overseas Chinese Student Association OCSA, lead by Cathy Tang, OCSA President, hosted the Annual Chinese New Year Celebration on 22nd Feb 2015 at the Ruth Murdoch Elementary School Gym. About 260 people, students and community families, were present to enjoy a number of performances by the students (University as well as elementary school grade 6) and the community families and chinese food from the local resturants and contributions from the community families.


Waldensian class

Take a religion class and travel to the ancient home of the Waldenses in the Piedmonts of Northern Italy from June 3-11, 2015. The purposes for this study tour is to bring to you the historical and spiritual perspectives of these faithful people, and give you the oppportunity for a personal experience of faith.

Before the tour you will meet with Professor Demsky for 7 class periods during spring semester to study the history to have a background on this ancient people of faith. The class times are arranged. Classes are beginning now so don’t delay.

Please contact Professor Kathleen Demsky, Director of the Architecture Resource Center. Phone: 269-471- 2418  email:

All costs for the trip are covered by the tuition for this 3 credit summer course, RELG 360-04x, plus a $250.00 tour fee. This is a summer class and registration takes place at the end of the spring semester.

For Persons who want to travel with us on this faith journey and are not taking it for academic credit, the cost is $3,584. Please contact Professor Demsky by phone or email for the resources (books/DVDs) that will be needed prior to taking the tour, to gain knowledge beforehand of the amazing historical sites of these ancient people of faith, which we will discover on this faith journey.  

Imagining Jesus in the Modern Age

During his 43-year tenure at Andrews University, Greg Constantine taught a class titled “The Life of Christ in Great Art” for 22 of those years. In the class he revealed to his students works by famous artists like Rembrandt and Michelangelo, showing how they had portrayed incidents from the life of Christ.

“Some of these artists brought Jesus to their own time instead of transporting them 2,000 years back so audiences could relate better,” explains Constantine. “I liked that and I think my students appreciated it, too.”

In 1990, Constantine wanted to do something in his own art dealing with the life of Jesus that his 18- to 21-year-old students could relate to. Though, as Constantine points out, we know nothing of what happened between the ages of 12 and 30, it’s generally understood that Jesus ‘grew in wisdom and stature and approval of the people around him.’

“I didn’t know exactly how I was going to create a book about it,” he says. “But my book of drawings titled ‘Vincent van Gogh Visits New York’ published in 1983, showing a kind of innocent artist in this sophisticated and unforgiving city, constituted a precedent and an inspiration for what I titled ‘Jesus of New York: Premonitions of a New York Teenager.’ I took many things we know about Jesus during his ministry and approached the events as if he had premonitions of them, or like he would use the memories of his experiences as a 19-year-old observing hypocrisy and injustice later in one of his sermons.”

For example, one of the 43 drawings includes a 12-year-old Jesus—abandoned by his parents in Manhattan—as a contestant on a quiz show. This drawing is based on the banter we know happened between the boy and the theologians in the synagogue. In another, he drew Jesus as a young man choosing a despised tax collector as a friend, and eating a meal in a tavern with what some considered questionable characters. Everything was based on biblical accounts, cleverly modernized to our time.

A big challenge came when Constantine approached the crucifixion. It was difficult to consider what would lead to something that dramatic and violent in such a public venue in today’s culture. He finally settled on a sequence of drawings leading up to the Main Event: His friends (disciples) convince Jesus to enter the Golden Gloves competition in New York. Constantine even had his friend and neighbor Muhammad Ali pose for the climactic scene of a battered Jesus, arms outstretched on the ropes resembling the cross.

Although Constantine was unable to publish this particular story in the U.S., 14 years ago he was interviewed by Humberto Rasi for an article in Dialog magazine, which was published along with seven of his drawings. Then, a year later, Adrian Bocaneanu, the president of the Romanian Union of Seventh-day Adventists saw the article, had it translated and republished it in his union magazine.

In 2014, a pastor who had witnessed the exhibition of the drawings from the book in Bucharest emailed Constantine. He wanted to publish the entire book for his prison ministries there. Constantine agreed, and after several meetings among church officials in Romania it was decided that they would not use it for prison ministries, but instead for youth ministries as the main missionary tool for 2015, focusing on students attending public universities, and adding it to the collection to be sold by book salesmen.

Late in 2014, the Romanian version of the 90-page book was published. They invited Constantine to Romania for the book launching, and to present his material and host three exhibitions of the book’s artwork, which he did in late November and early December.

“The Adventist students have a vision that their friends will be thus determined to grab a New Testament and read the Gospels to discover for themselves the rich meaning of the life of Jesus,” said Bocaneanu, who attended the book’s launch with Constantine and 700 other people at a recent conference of AMiCUS, or Adventist Ministry to College and University Students, in the city of Braçov.*

“I created ‘Jesus of New York’ for my students,” says Constantine. “My mission was to bring Jesus to them at a new level they could better relate to. Though it hasn’t yet been published here, I’m so glad my work is being used to further the Gospel in my parents’ homeland of Romania. I really take very little credit, because all of this was due to God’s inspiration and an answer to my prayers. It’s a project I very much enjoyed putting together, and I’m excited to see what else God has in store for me.”

* Published in Adventist Review, January 22, 2015

Read the full Adventist Review Article here.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

RESCHEDULED Valentine Concert & Dinner

Rescheduled Winter Classical Concert and Free Valentines Dinner - Come
an enjoy the works of great composers as the Eau Claire SDA Church will
hold its annual Winter Classical Concert on February 28 at 5:00 pm.  The
concert will be held at the Eau Claire SDA church which is located at
6562 Naomi Road in Eau Claire.  Immediately following the Winter
Classical Concert will be a FREE Valentine's Dinner provided by the Eau
Claire Critters Pathfinder Club (dinner donations are always accepted
but not expected).

Order Fresh Strawberries NOW!

Village Adventist Elementary School is trying to pull together a quick strawberry order for March. We must place the order by next Tuesday, March 3.

The price is $20 per flat, with 12 pints per flat, so $2.50 per box. you must order by the flat so if you can not use that many-check with friends or family and share!! The berries will arrive the week of March 9; we will update you with exact date when we have it.

Please don't delay call the VAES office to place your order by 3 p.m. on Monday, March 2. 269-473-5121 ext 10.

Village Church Service for Feb. 28

First Worship - 8:30 a.m.
Second Worship 11:20 am
Speaker - Pastor Ron Kelly
Sermon - "Family S.O.S.: She Won't Back Up and She Won't Back Down."

Place - Village SDA Church
635 St Joseph Ave. Berrien Springs, MI
Contact person - Elizabeth Tan
Phone - 471-7795

Niles-Westside Church Service for Feb. 28

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

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

February 28: Dave Gotshall, Guest Speaker

Week In Pictures

Called, Chosen, & Faithful: What Will it Take?

Come join us this friday for Revive Vespers as Justin Torossian presents a message entitled "Called, Chosen, & Faithful: What Will it Take?"

7:30 pm on Friday, February 27, 2015 

Biology Amphitheater/ Price Hall

Co-curricular credit availible


Monday, February 23, 2015

Seminar Lecture: Serendipity in Organic Synthesis

Building a complex pharmaceutical molecule can often involve serendipity ..... plain 'good' luck. Will you know when it happens?

All are encouraged to attend and hear Andy Mitchell's seminar lecture this Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 4:30pm in A-107 Halenz Hall on the topic: Serendipity in Organic Synthesis.

This is the eighth Winter-Spring lecture in the annual Andrews University Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry Seminar Series. Our guest speaker enjoys building pharmaceutically-important natural products with complex ring architecture. Learn more about our speaker's research interests at:

View the lecture flyer for more details about our speaker's background at:

For non-Andrews faculty, students and others wishing to attend:

There are directions given to Andrews at:

To get to the A-107 Halenz Hall:
Turn in at the J. N. Andrews Blvd. entrance.  Go pass the Security Gate House.  Make  right turn at the first intersection on to E Campus Circle Drive.   Then make a left turn at the next intersection (E Campus Circle Drive).  Make another left onto Administration Drive.  The Science Complex is the bldg on your left.  The Chemistry Dept. is on the side of the Science Complex (4270 Administration Drive) opposite the Bookstore parking lot.  You can park in the bookstore parking lot or the one straight ahead.  My Office # is A-323 Halenz Hall .... on the third floor of the Science Complex.

Teachers are encouraged to announce this lecture in their classes and/or forward this email to their classes.All are welcome to forward this email along to colleagues and friends.

Eau Clair for February 28

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

Sabbath Speaker: Susan Payne
Sermon Title:  Why Love an Angry God?

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

Dynamic Duo

Rich and Brandon Ridenour have the kind of on stage rapport you might suspect from a father-son musical duo.

Which is why it doesn't take long for them to deflect a serious question about playing together with a few tongue-in-cheek jabs and self-deprecating humor.

"We put up with each other just fine," Brandon Ridenour says by telephone from Grand Rapids. "He does everything I tell him to do."

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

Andrews on WSJM re: "Selma"

Two free screenings of the Oscar nominated film, Selma will be held on Sunday at Andrews University in Berrien Springs. Andrews Associate Dean for Student Life and Diversity Debbie Weithers (withers) says that the film, which tells the story of Doctor Martin Luther King's march from Selma to Montgomery during the civil rights movement of the 1960s, could help some of the young students at the university get a better understanding of the struggle for racial equality in the US in light of recent events.

To listen to the interview, click here.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Pirating the Caribbean Mind: Theoretical Piracy on High Seas of Colonization

Andrews International Center for Educational Research (AICER) invites students, faculty and interested participants to attend a research symposium on Tuesday February 24, at 5:30 p.m.

Presenters:  Dr. Larry Burton, Professor of Teaching, Learning & Curriculum; Editor of the Journal                                      of Research on Christian Education
                       Dr. Anneris Coria-Navia, Assistant Professor of Teaching, Learning & Curriculum

Pirating the Caribbean Mind: Theoretical Piracy on High Seas of Colonization

In this presentation we will reflect on the impact of colonial and postcolonial experiences in the 20th-century epistemologies, and hegemonies which underlie imperialist actions and postcolonial thought. We will then highlight educational and social practices and institutions shaped by colonial and postcolonial realities. These include schooling, access to services, social values and norms, and culture. These introductory sections will enable us to explore how colonial and postcolonial actions have “pirated the mind” of Caribbean citizens. Included in this section will be a presentation of the appropriation of uniquely Caribbean theoretical constructs by other cultures in the name of “globality.” We will conclude the presentation with implications for North American educators.

Whether or not you are a registered Andrews’ students you can join online from PC, Mac, iOS at
or join by phone:  +1 (415) 762-9988 or +1 (646) 568-7788 US Toll
Meeting ID: 485 261 4855

 International numbers available:
Or join from a H.323/SIP room system:
Dial: (US West) or (US East)
Meeting ID: 485 261 4855


Due to poor weather conditions and classes being cancelled at Andrews for the day, this event has been postponed. Please stay tuned for details about a reschedule. 

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Both poetry and science spring from our human mind and imaginings. Did you know that metaphors are central and essential to both poetry and science? Can you think of some metaphors in science?

All are encouraged to attend and hear Leigh Kotsilidis's webinar lecture this Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 4:30pm in A-107 Halenz Hall on the topic: Poetry & Science: Hypothetically Speaking.

This is the seventh Winter-Spring lecture in the annual Andrews University Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry Seminar Series. Our guest speaker is a Poet & Artist based in Montreal, Canada.

This lecture will be live streamed, for those unable to attend, on Thursday at 4:30pm at:

Also, view her website for more information including about her published poetry book at:
Attached is the lecture flyer in jpeg format with more details about our speaker's background.

For non-Andrews faculty, students and others wishing to attend:

There are directions given to Andrews at:

To get to the A-107 Halenz Hall:
Turn in at the J. N. Andrews Blvd. entrance.  Go pass the Security Gate House.  Make  right turn at the first intersection on to E Campus Circle Drive.   Then make a left turn at the next intersection (E Campus Circle Drive).  Make another left onto Administration Drive.  The Science Complex is the bldg on your left.  The Chemistry Dept. is on the side of the Science Complex (4270 Administration Drive) opposite the Bookstore parking lot.  You can park in the bookstore parking lot or the one straight ahead.  My Office # is A-323 Halenz Hall .... on the third floor of the Science Complex.

Teachers are encouraged to announce this lecture in their classes and/or forward this email to their classes.All are welcome to forward this email along to colleagues and friends.

School of Education Receives Distinctions

by Jenna Neil

The School of Education (SED) recently received several recognitions and approvals.

The Master of Arts in school counseling has received full state approval until June 30, 2019. Bradly Hinman, assistant professor and school counseling program coordinator, along with Karen Benjamin, accreditation coordinator for the Department of Graduate Psychology & Counseling, spent many hours working on the approval documents. Over the course of about a year, they prepared application submissions, wrote several revisions, and attended many meetings with state officials.

“All universities in the state who offer school counseling programs had to reapply this year,” said James Jeffery, dean of the School of Education. “Our counseling program was the first one to submit the original application, well before the deadline.”

This is one of the ways the SED proves they have a good program, staff and faculty. Their approval letter commended the program for having a strong heritage of developing quality counselors.

“I know this took a lot of hard work and effort as well as graduates that reflect the quality of the education they received,” says Ray Ostrander, professor of teacher education. “Congratulations to one and all: teachers, staff and report writers. You make the SED not only proud but look most excellent as well.”

The program also received recognition for their science division.

“We’ve received word,” said Jeffery, “that our secondary education program in integrated science has received full national recognition from the National Science Teachers Association. This means that graduates in this field are authorized to teach these three science areas in Grades 6–12.”

Because the School of Education is fully accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), graduating teachers can apply for teaching licenses in 47 states.

In order to be issued a state teaching license in Michigan, elementary and secondary education students need to take a state exam. The Michigan Department of Education recently shared data that shows where different universities scored between August 2013 and July 2014.

“Andrews students are at the top,” says Jeffery. “The students must pass these exams to be issued a Michigan state teaching license and our elementary and secondary education majors had the highest pass rate of any other college or university in Michigan.

The average pass rate of Andrews elementary and secondary education graduates was 95.8 percent. There was also a 100 percent pass rate on content exams in English, reading, history, chemistry, secondary mathematics, Spanish, elementary education, English as a second language, language arts (elementary), integrated science (elementary), visual arts education and music education.

To learn more about the School of Education and its programs visit

Dowagiac Church Service for Feb. 21

Dowagiac SDA Church

410 Hill St.,

Dowagiac, MI 49047


Speaker: Ranko Stefanovic

Sermon Title: "Twofold Work of the Holy Spirit"


Church Service: 10:50 am

Sabbath School: 9:30 am

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Two "Selma" Screenings on Campus

Two showings of the Academy Award-nominated movie “Selma,” will be presented on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, at 4 p.m. and 6:30 p. m. in Newbold Auditorium, Buller Hall. “Selma” is the story of Martin Luther King Jr.’s march to secure equal voting rights from Selma, Alabama to Montgomery, Alabama. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 had already made desegregation legal but discrimination was still extensive. King led a march that culminated, less than five months later, in President Lyndon Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

On Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, there will be a Forum at 11:30 a.m. in the Howard Performing Arts Center on Selma, The Movie: What it Means Today featuring Paul M. Buckley, PhD, assistant vice president and inaugural director for the Butler Center at Colorado College, providing vision and leadership to advance and support issues of diversity, inclusion and equity.

Buckley is a former associate dean of Student Life at Andrews University. He also served as assistant dean of undergraduate students at Dartmouth College. He earned a PhD in cultural foundations of education from Syracuse University, a master of science in educational administration and policy studies from the University at Albany, and a bachelor of science in business administration with a concentration in marketing/management and minor in African American studies at the University at Albany.

These events are free and open to the public. Co-curricular credit will be available. Please contact Debbie Weithers ( for more information. [The planned Forum on Women’s History originally scheduled for Tuesday, February 24, 2015, will be rescheduled to a later date.]

Called, Chosen, & Faithful: Laodicean Sindrome

Come join us this Friday for Revive Vespers as Justin Torossian presents a message entitled, "Called Chosen & Faithful: Laodicean Sindrome."


7:30 pm on Friday, February 20, 2015

Biology Amphitheater/Price Hall

Co-curricular credit availible 

Enactus Donates $2,000 to Ruth Murdoch Elementary

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Graduate Students Retreat - Register Today

Revive Retreat:

A 2-day Retreat for Graduate Students to Recharge and Reconnect.

Whether you are Single or have a Family the Retreat is an opportunity to Renew for the last push of  the School Year. 

Take advantage and Register Today!

Registration Closes on March 5th.


VA&D Graduate Featured in Washington Post

Click on Washington Post article by Visual Art & Design Graduate, Adrianna Monsalve.

Clear As Black

Photographer Adriana Monsalve [graduate of Andrews University] tries to dispel the misconceptions about persons with albinism in her beautiful series, “Clear As Black.” As a woman who has fair skin but who is Hispanic and black, Monsalve was initially hesitate to approach the series, which forced her to confront her own story of being classified based on looks. “By looking at me you will not know what I am. 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 totally about me. Through this series, I discovered who I am genetically,” she says.

<<< Read the full story in the Washington Post >>>

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Singapore Study Tour 2015

Engineering and Computer Science Department is hosting a study tour to Singapore from 14th July to 10th August 2015.

For more information please contact Dr. Ng @4713191 or email

MASDAC Presents: NIAD Sabbath

Winter Blood Drive

Come give blood or volunteer for the Winter Blood Drive. It will take place in the basement of Pioneer Memorial Church on Wednesday February 25 and Thursday February 26 from 1:00 to 7:00 pm. To sign up to donate please visit and use the sponsor code Andrews University. Come give blood and save lives.

Week in Pictures

Celebrate Chinese New Year with Terrace Cafe

Ring in the new year with a taste of authentic Chinese dishes made with fresh, quality ingredients.

In celebration of the Chinese New Year, we’ve prepared a variety of dishes representing culinary regions of China. While modern times have blurred regional lines, the traditions of each area endure.

We invite you to discover flavorful, classical Chinese dishes made with only the freshest, highest quality ingredients.  Join us this Thursday, February 19 for lunch at the Terrace Cafe, 11am to 2:30pm!


Natural History Museum Open Feb. 21

The Andrews University Natural History Museum will be open to the public on Saturday afternoon, Feb 21, from 2:30-5:00 pm. Come enjoy the Prillwitz mammoth, partial skull of the Bartocci mastodon, casts of a giant beaver and giant short-faced bear, and other remarkable examples of God’s creation. For more information, contact biology at 269-471-3243.

Niles Westside Church Service for Feb. 21

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

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

February 21: Adventurer Sabbath with Craig Harris, Speaker - "Ambassadors"

Mission in Islam

Special Weekend Feb. 20 & 21

Next weekend will be a special weekend at the St Joseph Seventh-day Adventist Church.  Our guest speaker for the weekend will be Elder Petras Bahadur, General Conference Director of Adventist Muslim Relations.  Friday night there will be a presentation “Mission in Islam” from 7:00-8:30.  Sabbath morning there will be presentations during Adult Sabbath school (9:15) & the Divine Worship service (10:40).  Following potluck there will be two hours on training for Muslim outreach, including the testimony of two young women who converted from Islam to Adventism and role play on how to study with Muslims.  The St Joseph SDA Church is located at 1201 Maiden Lane, St Joseph MI. 

The Neurobiology of Drug Addiction

How do we become addicted to drugs? Are the details in the devil or in the chemistry?

To view Professor Carrie Ferrario's Andrews University Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry Seminar lecture given February 12, 2015, on The Neurobiology of Drug Addiction, click here.

For information about Ferrario, visit her website.

A very special thanks to Dan Hamstra and Greg Simpson for facilitating this.

ArtFest 2015 Begins This Week

by Becky St. Clair

Andrews University’s Department of Visual Art & Design invites all high school-aged students to attend the first annual ArtFest, a weekend-long experience where students can explore the worlds of photography, design, fine arts and documentary film. The event takes place February 19-21, 2015, on the campus of Andrews University.

Students will dive into art by exploring many media through hands-on activities ranging from making a cyanotype to creating hand-crafted ceramics to working with professional photographic studio equipment, and much more.

Both Visual Art & Design students and professors will be on-hand to guide, instruct, offer feedback and answer questions.

The weekend culminates with an art show of each participant’s favorite piece in the Visual Art & Design Gallery in Smith Hall on Saturday evening, Feb. 21.

ArtFest is open to students in grades 9-12, including home school students. Schools are encouraged to send one team of five students; individual applicants will be matched with an existing team. Students must have high school and parent approval to register.

All-inclusive cost is $75/student (free for accompanying teacher) and $75/parent or other supporter. Each team is required to have at least one supervisor.

To register visit For more information call 269-471-3450 or email

EndNote Workshop

Come learn how to use EndNote, the bibliographic management software that organizes references and creates bibliographies easily and efficiently. You can register here:



Monday, February 16, 2015

Art Exhibition by AU Professor Kari Friestad

The Visual Art & Design Department announces an exhibition of paintings by AU Professor Kari Friestad. Her recent paintings will be exhibited in the Art & Design Gallery in Smith Hall, on the Andrews University campus. The opening reception is February 17, 2015 from 6-8 PM. All are invited. Co-curricular credit will be offered and light refreshments will be served. The exhibition is on display through February 27.



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