The Journal of Adventist Education recently won the Distinguished Achievement Award for Whole Publication Design for its theme issue "Principalship and Administration" (Oct./Nov. 2012) from the Association of Educational Publishers on June 4. Janet Ledesma, associate professor of leadership and Educational Leadership coordinator in the Department of Leadership, guest edited and coordinated this issue. For the full story go to Andrews News.
Leon C. Wilson, formerly the dean of Alabama State University (ASU) College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, has been promoted to ASU’s interim provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, according to ASU’s president, William H. Harris. Wilson earned his MA from Andrews University in 1976. For the complete story go to the Guyana Times article.
Local singer-songwriter, pianist, and Andrews alum Laura Whidden is one of the top 25 candidates in the “Michiana’s Rising Star” contest and needs your votes!
The contest, sponsored by WNIT and other local corporations, is a multi-part televised series that aims to highlight talented vocalists, musicians, dancers and other performers in the Michiana area.
Finalists from five regions across Michiana compete in a series of auditions, and the top performers from each of the five regions will then compete at the WNIT studio each evening from Sunday, July 28 through Friday, August 2, to determine the grand prize winner and "Michiana's Rising Star."
The grand prize winner will receive $1,000, a chance to record their own demo tape, and will co-host an evening of the program “Experience Michiana.”
Those in the WNIT viewing area can text in their votes each evening during the competition. For more information, visit www.wnit.org.
Visit Laura’s website at www.laurawhidden.com.
F.L.A.G. Camp (Fun Learning About God) will continue through August 2. It is a unique summer day camp (8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.) which promotes social, mental, physical and spiritual development of youth ages 5-13.
Activities include: crafts, stories, games, singing, swimming, nature lessons and field trips. Located on the campus of Andrews University in the Pathfinder Building, the cost is $16/day.
Visit www.flag-camp.org for applications. Call 269-471-6565 if you have further questions.
Andrews University recently hosted the 42nd annual conference of the International Association of Missionary Aviation (IAMA) from May 15–17, 2013. Over 90 pilots, professors and students from 20 different organizations gathered on Andrews’ campus for three days of keynote presentations, discussion and business. For the full story, visit andrews.edu/news.
Due to archaeological excavations and exhibit renovations, the Horn Museum will be closed for the remainder of the summer and will reopen for regular hours and appointments beginning August 26, 2013.
The Box Factory for the Arts, 1101 Broad St., St. Joseph, Mich., announces the winners of the 11th annual Michiana Annual Arts Competition (MAAC). Awards will be presented at 5:30 p.m. to the winning artists at a reception to be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 22. The reception and show are free and open to the public. The exhibits in all three Box Factory galleries will continue through August 8.
Steve Hansen, professor art at Andrews University, won The Best of Show award for his ceramics piece entitled "Problem Girls." The top prize of $1,000 is being donated by the Berrien Community Foundation.
Best of category winners who will each receive $200 include:
Mixed Media - Mary Amador, Goshen, Ind., for "She Prayed She Wouldn't Snap"
Ceramics - Courtney Copenhaver, Mishawaka, Ind., for "Horned Vessel"
Glass Art - Cynthia Fielding, St. Joseph, Mich., for "Fiery Dragon 1"
Drawing and Pastel - Dorothy Graden, Valparaiso, Ind., for "Holy Ghost"
Computer Art - Kevin Gross of Goshen, Ind., for "Autumnal Projections:
Painting - Tim MacDonald of St. Joseph, Mich., for "Cocktail Hour"
Sculpture - Dora Natella of Granger, Ind., for "Uovo (Egg)"
Watercolor - Bobbie Stagg of St. Joseph, Mich., for "Tranquility"
Fiber Art - Lauren Strach of St. Joseph, Mich., for "Skeletons of the Garden"
Photography - Marc Ullom, assistant professor of photography, of Niles, Mich., for "Evidence #43"
Young Artist Award - Dustin Timm of Lakeville, Ind.,, for his sculpture "Decay"
Honorable mention awards went to Rick Bauer, photography; Anne Blackburn and Lynne Tan, ceramics; Diane Cheeseman and David Jay Spyker, painting; Dorothy Graden and Rebecca Sinclair, drawing and pastel; Rebecca Hungerford and Lynne Tan, sculpture; Robin Maxon and Judith Rein, watercolor; James O'Haver and Kevin Gross, computer art; Carolyn O'Hearn and Eli Zilke and Margie Mattice, glass art; Marcia Sindone and Jacob Vanderheyden, mixed media; and Lauren Strach, fiber arts.
Three merit awards of $200 each will go to:
Jerry Harty of Kalamazoo for his glass piece "Oegelsby" sponsored by the Water Street Glassworks.
Richard Beckermeyer of Niles, Mich., for his photograph "Hoar Frost on Maple Leaves" sponsored by the Twin City Camera Club.
Dora Natella of Granger, Ind., for her sculpture "Oovo (egg)" sponsored by the Krasl Art Center
The purchase award sponsorship from previous years was replaced this year by a special preview night to purchase artwork in advance of the show. The preview night, available by invitation to previous Box Factory art patrons and Capital Campaign donors, is being underwritten by the Southwestern Michigan Tourist Council.
This year's competition drew 404 entries of which 226 works were selected by the judges. The judges were:
Leslie Alexandria - Fiber Arts; Ceramics; Glass; and Sculpture
Terry Armstrong - Painting; Watercolor; Drawing and Pastel
Brett Maniscalco - Photography; Computer Art; and Mixed Media, Printmaking and Collage
For more on this event visit the Box Factory online at www.boxfactoryforthearts.org/exhibits.html#maacexhibit or be a fan on Facebook. The Box Factory galleries are open to the public Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.
There are seven seminars scheduled for June and July by the Andrews International Center for Education Research. See full details below.
Andrews University Dining Services wins Honorable Mention in the Catering-Special Event category of the Lloyd E. Horton Dining Awards given by the National Association of College and University Food Services. For a complete list click here.
Wanda Lee Easley, 73 of Harvey, N.D., died on Monday, May 20, 2013 at her home. She was the mother of Linda Brinegar, executive chef, Andrews University Dining Services. Funeral services were held on Thursday, May 23, 2013 at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Harvey. For lifesketch visit the following link:
Please remember Linda and her family in your thoughts and prayers as they mourn this loss.
One of the largest graduating classes in recent history—484 undergraduate students and 436 graduate students—received their degrees in the spring 2013 Andrews University Commencement services held Sunday, May 5, 2013. Three services were held to accommodate the large number of graduates. Two honorary doctorates were also awarded, as well as two J.N. Andrews Medallions. For the complete story go to Recent News on the Andrews website.
Registration is underway for Renaissance Kids, an architecture day camp for kids ages 5–16, held at the Andrews University School of Architecture, Art & Design. There are five weeklong sessions and one two-weeklong session offered during the months of June and July.
Kids get to experience hands-on fun with design, drafting, building, sketching, watercolors and more. While exploring the discipline and lessons of architecture, Renaissance Kids provides a fun array of hands-on projects through which children learn about history and culture, design concepts, the architect’s tools, construction and materials, community and citizenship. The projects each week will follow the theme “It’s Easy Being Green.”
For full details go to Recent News on the Andrews website.
As part of the planning of the University entrance, the Arboretum Council and the Facilities Management Committee voted temporary signage would be prohibited at the University entrance and along J.N. Andrews Boulevard. This policy was deemed reasonable because of the increased visibility of the official entrance to the University and the way-finding signs installed throughout campus. Signs placed there will be removed and can be picked up at IMC. Banners may be placed at the terminus of J.N. Andrews Boulevard on the poles provided. Reservations/arrangements to install and store banners can be made with Plant Service. When providing guests with directions to campus, weather-resistant boxes to place flyers about your event have been installed for your convenience at the large campus map at the Welcome Globe.
Wilfrida Ruiz, 91, died at her home in Berrien Springs on Sunday, May 19, 2013. She was the mother of Willyta Ruiz-Wamack, housing coordinator for University Towers, and Luz Ruiz, administrative assistant for the School of Architecture, Art & Design.
Wilfrida dedicated her life as an Adventist educator for 31 years in her native country of Peru. She was preceded in death by her husband Esteban Clodomiro Ruiz who died in 1975. She retired in 1981 and decided to move to the U.S. to join her two daughters in Texas. In 1989 she moved to Berrien Springs, following Willyta and Douglas Wamack who were here to pursue their studies. While at AU, she was able to fulfill her longtime dream that was postponed when she had to take care of her husband after he became ill. In 1995, at age 73, she received her master's degree in Religious Education. Wilfrida slept in Jesus at her home with both daughters at her bedside. She will be surely missed.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, May 24, at Pioneer Memorial Church. There will be a visitation from 12-1 p.m., with a funeral service at 1 p.m. Burial in Rose Hill Cemetery will follow. Online messages for the family may be left at www.allredfuneralhome.com. The family requests that memorial donations be made to the Architecture Missions Group for Palpa School, c/o School of Architecture, Art & Design.
Please remember Willyta, Luz and their entire family in your thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.
Richard Schwarz, prominent Seventh-day Adventist historian, teacher and administrator, passed away last Thursday, May 16, in Hawaii. Schwarz taught at EMC and later Andrews University much of his career, specializing in the history of the Adventist Church. His book, Light Bearers to the Remnant, was published in 1980. He also served in administrative posts late in his career including a brief time as acting president of Andrews University in the early 1980s.
The family is planning a memorial service at Pioneer Memorial Church on Sabbath, July 27, at 4 p.m. Those who wish to may send cards or notes to his wife, Joyce F. Schwarz, 44-115 Nanamoana St, Kaneohe HI 96744.
Please remember the family during this time of sorrow.
Steven P. Vitrano, emeritus professor of preaching, worship and evangelism, died on May 4, 2013, in Auburn, Calif. Vitrano served Andrews University for 40 years, from 1958-1998, as a professor of religion and philosophy, serving both in the religion department as well as the Seminary. Local services include a visitation from 4-6 p.m. on Saturday, June 8, at Allred Funeral Home in Berrien Springs, and a graveside service at 10 a.m. on Sunday, June 9, at Rose Hill Cemetery in Berrien Springs. Online messages may be left for his family at www.allredfuneralhome.com.
Edith Davis, educator and long-time resident of the Berrien Springs community, died on Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at Lakeland Specialty Hospital in Berrien Center. Davis served her church as teacher, Bible Instructor, pastor, dean of women, and missionary--making a difference in hundreds of lives. The Adventist Review has published a complete obituary.
Do you suffer from pain in the front of your knee? Are you between the ages of 14–40 years old? You may be eligible to participate in a research study done by the Department of Physical Therapy at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Mich. Contact Ney Rivas at 407-923-8095 for more information and to determine if you qualify to participate.
On Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 10:30 a.m., 18 second-graders from RMES marched single file into the Department of Nursing, following their teacher Jina Yoon. The class came to learn how our students become nurses. They spent time in the Skills Lab with Mary Ngugi, the lab coordinator, learning how our students get ready for their clinical experience. They also met with Gisele Kuhn, one of our faculty, and spent time with Bob (our SimMan, a high tech mannequin) to check his pulse and check breaths per minute.
They also learned that part of nursing was teaching about health prevention and promotion. In the end, some mentioned they wanted to become nurses when they were older.
The nursing department was delighted to be visited by the 2nd grade class from Ruth Murdoch Elementary School.
During the summer, the Andrews University Bookstore will be closed on Sundays, except for June 9. Regular Sunday hours will resume on August 11. Thank you.
A new Sabbath School class has just started and is meeting in Nethery Hall, Room 143, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Our teachers are Woodrow Whidden, Stan Patterson, Paul Petersen and Wagner Kuhn. This summer we will be studying "Lesser Known Bible Characters." You are invited to join us. For additional information write to email@example.com or phone 473-2516.
The third annual BEST Early Research Symposium was held at Andrews University on Friday, April 26. Seventeen seniors took part in the symposium, which showcases Math & Science Center students from Berrien County. Read the full story here.
Policy for Bicycles Left on Campus Over the Summer
AU Policy requires the removal of all unregistered, inoperable or abandoned bicycles from the campus. Campus Safety will attempt to contact the registered owners. If the owners are not located it will be presumed that they have abandoned the property. Any unclaimed or abandoned bicycles not claimed within the 60-day holding period shall be disposed of.
Policy for Vehicles Left on Campus Over the Summer
For all students who are leaving campus for the summer, AU Policy requires the removal of all vehicles on campus over the summer months unless the registered owner is present.
A major new Bible study resource sponsored by the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists and Andrews University is scheduled for release at the 2015 General Conference session in San Antonio, Texas, according to Andrews University President Niels-Erik Andreasen. The Andrews Bible Commentary, the church’s first concise, one-volume commentary, is intended as a coordinated resource with the Andrews Study Bible, released by Andrews University Press in June 2010. Read full story.
Over the years, there have been many myths and misconceptions concerning the Howard Performing Arts Center and we want to set the record straight. What follows is information you should know about the Howard Center; some is true, some is false, and some is just plain silly. Read on and discover the truth!
On Saturday, April 20, 2013, at approximately 4:18 p.m. a purse was stolen from inside of the Howard Performing Arts Center at Andrews University, which ultimately ended in the arrest of two subjects and the recovery of the stolen items.
During the afternoon hours, three men were driving a silver 2003 Volkswagen on the campus of Andrews University. Two are identified as Zachary Boomsliter of Berrien Springs (DOB: 5/1994) and Joshua Nunez of Eau Claire (DOB: 1/1994). The third subject is of Berrien Springs but is not presently charged. Around 4 p.m. Joshua Nunez and the third subject went into the Howard to use the restroom. The third subject returned to the car and waited with Boomsliter for Nunez to return. Boomsliter was the driver of the car. Nunez allegedly grabbed a purse from the auditorium and when the purse’s owner saw him, she yelled and alerted bystanders that her purse had been taken. When Nunez came running from the building with the purse he was being pursued by two brave bystanders. Boomsliter decided to drive away, leaving Nunez to be captured by his pursuers. A bystander secured Nunez until Campus Safety arrived. They held him until police, who were pursuing the getaway vehicle and the other two subjects secured them and returned to the University.
Another witness saw the car driven by Boomsliter drive away and followed them off campus and into an area where they attempted to conceal themselves. Boomsliter lost control of the car while fleeing. The car was seen striking and knocking down several mailboxes and a road sign on Hillcrest Ave. The pursuit ended in the parking lot of a local nursery, where the Berrien Springs-Oronoko Township Police Department took custody of the subjects. They all returned to the University so officers could investigate the incident.
The stolen purse was recovered. A stolen phone from a separate incident was also recovered. The car was searched and marijuana and drug paraphernalia were found and seized.
Zachary Boomsliter was lodged at the Berrien County Jail and charged at this time with reckless driving and possession of marijuana.
Joshua Nunez was lodged at the Berrien County Jail and charged at this time for larceny from a person, larceny from a building, and receiving and concealing stolen property $200><$1000.
The third subject was released at this time pending further investigation.
This is an ongoing investigation being conducted jointly by the BSOPD and the Andrews University Office of Campus Safety, and additional charges may be possible as the investigation continues.
“We wish to thank the brave citizens who involved themselves in this incident to help bring it to a successful resolution with the arrest of the perpetrators and the recovery of not only the property they saw being stolen, but ultimately other property that was later found to have been stolen,” said the release from Chief Milt Agay of Berrien Springs Oronoko Township Police. “The BSOPD also wishes to acknowledge and thank the AU Office of Campus Safety for their assistance in this investigation, at the time of the incident and the continued follow up.”
On Thursday evening, April 18, at Loma Linda, California, the incoming Dean of the Andrews University Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary offered an interpretation of the death of Jesus. A native of the Czech Republic, something that became important toward the end of his presentation, his name is Jiri Moskala. The occasion was the first session of “The Cross: A Symposium on Atonement” which the Adventist Theological Society organized and the place was the Campus Hill Church. Read the full story here.
Two Andrews University students in the Department of Engineering & Computer Science won in their category of the 9th Annual Extreme Redesign 3D Printing Challenge. Andrew Roderick, a junior, and Brian Booth, also a junior, took the top prize in the College Engineering category. Both received a scholarship from Stratasys, the contest sponsor and manufacturer of 3D printers and production systems for prototyping and manufacturing. Read full story.
By Debbie Michel
I sat in my office overlooking the Rockefeller Plaza ice rink and was overcome with a mixture of anxiety and relief. Anxiety, because I had made the decision to leave my job at NBC News without any other prospects in sight; relief, in that the daily grind chronicling the latest devastation had reached its end.
It was the culmination of 11 years chasing leads showcasing the worst of humanity: the Heaven’s Gate mass suicide; Washington, D.C., sniper shootings; JonBenét Ramsey murder; September 11; and stories labeled “nature’s wrath,” such as Hurricane Katrina. Read full story.
In a world where connectivity and convenience increasingly influence where people choose to live, the architectural philosophy of New Urbanism is gaining support across the US. An approach to designing cities, towns and neighborhoods that resemble old European villages, New Urbanism attempts to reduce traffic and eliminate sprawl while fostering a sense of community closeness. Earth-friendly design, energy conservation, historic preservation and accessibility are also important characteristics. Read the full story here.
What students from Andrews University thought would be just another day in their Animal Behavior class, ended up being one of their most eventful days yet.
The biology students were walking around Lake Shellenbarger when they spotted a deer that was stuck in the freezing lake. Read or watch the full story here.
If eating healthy always feels like too much of a hassle, there's now a way to get your daily dose of fruits and vegetables without even stepping foot outside your house. Read the full story here.
Andrews University Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary will offer a natural remedies and hydrotherapy workshop Aug. 4- 9. Read the full story here.
The morning paper at your door step may soon be accompanied by a fresh basket of produce. This summer you can subscribe to have fresh produce delivered for 20 weeks, courtesy of Andrews University Student Gardens. Read the full story here.
Are you a young adult looking for a service opportunity close to home? If so, Cruise with a Mission may be just the right opportunity for you! It’s a mission trip, a cruise, and a spiritual retreat, all wrapped up in one meaningful adventure; a vacation with purpose! Cruise with a Mission offers an opportunity to release the tensions of life in the context of Christian community. Join other young adults as we explore Alaska in 2013. The ship sails from Seattle Washington, September 15-22. Early-bird registration is available until April 15. For additional information and to receive your discounted early-bird registration rate, visit www.cye.org/cwm or email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to seeing you in Alaska!
The plan to extend water and sewer lines along M-139 in Oronoko Township is moving along with little opposition. The details on how to pay for the $4.8-million project were shared Tuesday night. Township Supervisor Mike Hildebrand says the plan is to get the town ready for the future, he cites the expo arena project as an example. Read the full story here.
Oronoko Township's plan to extend water and sewer lines along M-139 appears to be moving from vision to reality. Township Supervisor Mike Hildebrand announced Tuesday night that 95 percent of the $4.8 million needed has been secured. Read full story.
Did you know the Howard Performing Arts Center holds more than 200 events each year? Did you know that in addition to University ensembles, local elementary and secondary schools are able to utilize the Howard? Further, did you know the Howard Performing Arts Center is available for rental use for special events and weddings? In short, the Howard Performing Arts Center at Andrews University—designed for the performance of music and educational activities meeting fine arts standards—is committed to continuing to make the facility available to the community.
The Howard Performing Arts Center is a busy venue with 207 events last year alone. Erica Griessel, manager, says, “The needs of our Andrews University Department of Music ensembles are our top priority—choirs, operas, symphony orchestra, wind symphony, student recitals, faculty recitals and studio recitals.”
Local schools, including Andrews Academy, Ruth Murdoch Elementary School, Village SDA Elementary, Berrien Springs Middle School and Berrien Springs High School, also utilize the concert hall throughout each season. The University also uses the facility to host speakers for University forums, an annual student talent show, several music festivals, and as a venue to host prospective students. In the summer months, the Howard Center is home to multi-day conferences. There is also steady interest in using the concert hall for recording purposes.
The John & Dede Howard 90.7 WAUS Studios are also housed at the Howard Performing Arts Center. In partnership with WAUS, a Second Sunday Concert Series is held on the second Sunday of each month at 4 p.m. Most concerts are free of charge and feature a classical artist.
The major donors for the building, John and Dede Howard, had a strong desire for the facility to serve not only Andrews University’s needs but also Berrien Springs and the greater Southwest Michigan community. This remains a strong priority for Andrews University administration.
“Much of our busy season is comprised of groups from the University and the community who rent the lobby or concert hall for their special event,” continues Griessel. “Community groups, such as the Optimist Club of Berrien Springs, the Michigan State University 4-H Extension program, Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra’s Musicians in the Schools, and Lake Michigan Youth Orchestra use the Howard Center nearly annually.”
The lobby of the Howard Center is also frequently rented for wedding receptions, dinner parties, banquets, business luncheons and senior photos.
Howard Performing Arts Center management plans an annual season with six to twelve concerts with visiting artists in the genres of classical, Christian contemporary, jazz, world and instrumental music.
Griessel says, “With our desire to be your home for an exceptional concert experience, we make an effort to represent both local artists as well as artists from all around the world. In the past we’ve featured Vienna Boys Choir, Sandi Patty, Canadian Brass, Brandon Heath, Dailey & Vincent, and many more.”
If you’ve never been to the Howard Performing Arts Center, the current season still has several great concert experiences. On April 7, Christian contemporary artist Laura Story performs. The University Singers and Chorale perform in their annual Easter Choral Concert on Saturday, March 30, and the Wind Symphony has their spring concert on Sunday, April 21. As a finale to the season, the University Chorale and Symphony Orchestra are performing Mendelssohn’s Elijah with Charles Reid, tenor, on Saturday, April 27, at 6:30 P.M. For more information, visit us on the web at howard.andrews.edu or call the box office at 269-471-3560.
Planning for the 10th season, 2013–2014, is currently underway. Management always accepts suggestions from the campus and community on artists for the Howard Center Presents… concert series. Send suggestions to Erica Griessel, manager, at email@example.com or call 269-471-3560. If you have an interest in renting the Howard Center or the lobby for your special event, please contact them for further information.
A draft of the 2013 Campus Master Plan for Andrews University is available for download and review.
This draft is a first draft and is intended for introduction and review purposes only. Although a general outline and the graphic content of this document have already been presented to the Andrews University Campus Planning Committee, the draft has yet to be reviewed in detail. The authors of this document anticipate that appropriate details will be changed subsequent to a more thorough review.
You are invited to peruse this document carefully and offer comments and critique at your discretion. A draft of the Campus Master Plan, its goals and illustrations will also be presented to the faculty and staff at a later date, which has yet to be determined. A summary of the decision-making process behind this project can be found on the blog of this website.
View the new Campus Master Plan.
Dr. Jiri Moskala has been appointed dean of the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan. In October Dr. Denis Fortin announced his desire to step away from administration in order to return to full-time teaching in the department of theology at the seminary beginning fall 2013. Moskala will become dean on July 1, 2013. Read the full story here.
“49104: The Next Best Place” was the theme for this year’s annual Faculty/Staff awards night, held Sunday, March 3, at the Howard Performing Arts Center. Each year at this event faculty and staff are given recognition through the Years-of-Service Awards, Excellence in Service Awards, Faith Development Leadership Award, Daniel A. Augsburger Excellence in Teaching Awards and Siegfried H. Horn Excellence in Research & Creative Scholarship Awards.
“49104” was an Andrews-themed take on Garrison Keillor's popular radio show, A Prairie Home Companion. It featured all local talent, including live bluegrass music by Five for Grace and a script written by Bruce Closser, Scott Moncrieff and Ivan Davis from the Department of English and Ronald Knott, director of the Andrews University Press. A cast of faculty and staff performed “live” radio skits about life in our little community, “Where all the faculty are strong, all the staff are smart, and all the students are over-performing.” Nicholas Miller, associate professor of church history at the Seminary, was the host for the evening’s performance, and coached the audience on proper British ways of etiquette and pronunciation. The title song, “49104: The Next Best Place,” was a parody written and performed by Knott, based on “Something Good” from The Sound of Music. Dining Services implemented the theme with local food items served from farm stands erected in the Howard Lobby.
Siegfried H. Horn Excellence in Research & Creative Scholarship Award
This award was established in 2011 to honor Siegfried Horn’s legacy of scholarship and contribution to the field of biblical archaeology at Andrews University, and his impact upon the world church and the wider community of scholars. The award was established to recognize the lifetime scholarship achievement of Andrews University faculty members. The chair of the Scholarly Research Council accepts nominations in four separate categories: Arts, Humanities and Education; Pure and Applied Sciences; Professional Programs; and Religion and Theology. Award recipients, who must be associate or full professors and full-time employees for a minimum of five years, are selected by the membership of the Scholarly Research Council.
This year’s recipients were: Fernando Canale, professor of theology & philosophy, Department of Theology & Christian Philosophy; Winston Craig, professor of nutrition, Department of Nutrition & Wellness; Tevni Grajales Guerra, professor of research and statistical methodology, Department of Graduate Psychology & Counseling; and Øystein LaBianca, professor of anthropology, Department of Behavioral Sciences.
Staff Excellence in Service Award
The recipients of this award are hourly or salaried full- or part-time staff who have served for at least three consecutive years, and have not previously received the award. The award is given in recognition of outstanding service to the University, the church and the community, and for demonstrating, by precept and example, a Christ-centered life. This year’s recipients were Cynthia Caballero, secretary, Ruth Murdoch Elementary School; Gregory Offenback, heavy equipment operator, Transportation; and Edelmira Guzman, custodial supervisor, Lamson Hall.
Daniel A. Augsburger Excellence in Teaching Award
Eight faculty members received the Daniel A. Augsburger Excellence in Teaching Award. This award recognizes faculty whose teaching reflects the high standards of excellence modeled by Daniel A. Augsburger in his 60 years of teaching at Andrews University. Augsburger’s leadership, academic rigor, breadth of knowledge, teacher-scholar role, along with care and concern for students, exemplify the best of faculty endeavors. Faculty from each school nominate and choose their individual candidates. This year’s recipients were: Gary Burdick, associate dean of research, School of Graduate Studies & Research; Pedro Navia, professor of Spanish, College of Arts & Sciences; Shelly Perry, associate professor of social work, College of Arts & Sciences; Tom Michaud, instructor of digital media, School of Architecture, Art & Design; Ben Maguad, professor of management, School of Business Administration; Nancy Carbonell, associate professor of counselor education and counseling psychology, School of Education; Richard Show, associate professor of medical laboratory science; and Darius Jankiewicz, associate professor of theology, Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary.
Faith Development Leadership Award
This honor is awarded to any employee, faculty or staff, who has made a significant contribution to the spiritual life of campus. Formerly known as the Spiritual Life Award, instituted in 2005, the name was changed this year. This year’s honoree was Paul Elder, manager of Plant Service. His humbleness is one of the first attributes folks notice about him. Elder leads worship for all his staff every Monday and encourages an open searching heart for Jesus. He believes doing a good job is also leaving a good impression that Jesus makes the difference in your life. He is also an avid supporter of student missionaries and served on the Student Missions Advisory at Andrews University. Elder knows the names of all his staff and students. The students who work in his area said, “He always says hello to us no matter where we are on campus.” He is also engaged in his local church as an elder and Sabbath School teacher and leads out in the mid-week prayer meeting.
35 Years of Service Awards
Daniel Bidwell, senior systems administrator, Information Technology Services
Dan Bidwell started full-time work as a systems administrator at Andrews University in August 1977. He began teaching computer science in 1980 and was a member of the first graduating class in computer science in 1981, receiving a Master of Science. Andrews is grateful for the many contributions Dan has made to so many campus firsts: the first Internet connection, the first fiber optic data cable, and the first WEB server at Andrews, to name a few. Dan was also the first Seventh-day Adventist to receive a doctorate in computer science in 1986.
Gregory Offenback, heavy equipment operator, Transportation
Since 1978, Gregory Offenback has been doing all kinds of heavy lifting, so to speak, at Andrews. From his years of fixing equipment to planting and harvesting crops at the Andrews Farm and Dairy, to his current role as a “jack-of-all-trades” at Transportation, Greg certainly is one of Andrews’ most dedicated caretakers. The next time you enjoy a snow-free parking lot or a recently filled-in pothole, you have Greg to thank!
30 Years of Service Awards
Daniel Cress, director of servers & networks, Information Technology Services
Daniel Cress and his work can be characterized by the words quality, vision, innovation, research, planning and service. His vision, research and innovation have significantly impacted Andrews University: from planning and developing the campus network beginning 20 years ago, to finding technology to connect outlying buildings, designing and engineering the Seminary classrooms, and so much more.
Meredith Jones-Gray, professor of English, Department of English
Andrews University is a place of significance for Meredith Jones Gray—both professionally and personally. She joined the Department of English faculty 30 years ago; authored a history volume of the University, As We Set Forth, and is working on a second volume; earned three degrees from Andrews, and attended Andrews Academy and Ruth Murdoch Elementary School. And before that, it was the Sutherland House where her parents brought her home from the hospital when she was born.
Barry Wilson, master electrician, Plant Service
Barry Wilson has served Andrews University for 30 years, much of that as a master electrician for Plant Service. His greatest gift is his willingness to respond to any emergency, during his regular hours or in the middle of the night. Barry also represents Andrews in the community as a volunteer fireman. At any time he might be called to help save one of our neighbor’s lives or property.
25 Years of Service Awards
Elynda Bedney, director, Office of Student Financial Services
When you get information from Elynda Bedney, director of Student Financial Services, you know it will be done accurately. Just take a look at the Compliance Reviews from our Federal and State Agencies: the outcome is always the same…an excellent report! Bedney has given 25 years of excellent service to Andrews. Not bound by a time clock, she is there to ensure the enrollment process for financial clearance is handled accurately and timely.
Winston Craig, professor of nutrition and chair, Department of Nutrition & Wellness
Winston Craig has served as a leader in the Department of Nutrition & Wellness for the past 25 years. During his term as chair, he has guided the department through several transitions and been instrumental in developing academic programs. Colleagues and students alike appreciate his great storytelling ability and Christian example. Student comments on course evaluations testify to his excellent teaching and commitment to Christian education.
JoAnn Davidson, professor of theology, Department of Theology & Christian Philosophy
When JoAnn Davidson joined the Department of Theology & Christian Philosophy, it was at a time when women usually taught part-time, lecturing mostly in biblical languages. JoAnn’s assignment in the seminary consisted of teaching theology, that is, an academic area of study, where she had to research her own lectures on various doctrines and deliver them to masters and doctoral students. While students were used to tenors and basses, when this soprano joined, the department rallied behind her and she became what she is now—one of the top professors in the Seminary.
Kathleen Demsky, director, Architecture Resource Center, James White Library
As director of the Architecture Resource Center since 1990, Kathleen Demsky has made it the living room of the School of Architecture, Art & Design, and one of the most inviting and comfortable places to study on campus. She’s also been a leading force in establishing a European study program and the Waldensian Study Tour. As sponsor of the American Institute of Architecture Students and sponsor for Friday evening vespers, she serves students with warmth and Christian character as both a mentor and friend.
Steven Hansen, professor of art, Department of Visual Art & Design
Steven Hansen has been a faculty member at Andrews since 1987—exhibiting a wide variety of artistic interests over the years, beginning with painting then moving on to sculpture, working primarily in clay for the last couple of decades. Most recently he added a renewed interest in art history, beginning research on a manuscript that he hopes will be published in the near future. Held in high regard by colleagues and students alike, one of the key lessons Hansen instills in all he encounters is how “there can be no specific tag placed on what qualifies as ‘art’ in general.”
Herbert Helm, professor of psychology, Department of Behavioral Sciences
For 25 years Herbert Helm has defined the core of our psychology major at Andrews University. Herb’s understanding of the need for research in undergraduate education, his teaching skill, his high standards and the time he spends with students outside of the classroom have resulted in a very high level of student-led research/scholarship in the Department of Behavioral Sciences.
Mildred McGrath, patron services manager, James White Library
Mildred McGrath graciously shares her welcoming smile with patrons of the James White Library, while serving as the “front door” for those seeking library services. She takes a special interest in her student workers and is known for creating a family atmosphere at work, a deep care for her students’ wellbeing, and being dedicated to helping them succeed.
Alan Mitchell, assistant professor of music, Department of Music
“Organized” was a consistent theme for those who reflected on Alan Mitchell’s service to Andrews. It’s an attribute that has endeared him to colleagues and students alike. From coordinating music study and performance tours both domestically and internationally, to conducting the Andrews University Wind Symphony, to teaching countless students pursuing degrees in music education, Alan is greatly respected.
John Reichert, physical education instructor, Andrews Academy
Weeklong backpacking and mountain biking excursions in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina are just some of the ways John Reichert’s emphasis on health and exercise extend beyond the gymnasium. Since 1987, he has been faculty for Andrews Academy’s physical education department. Always looking for ways to improve physical education at Andrews Academy, John has been instrumental in overseeing the renovations of the Academy fitness center, to the benefit of both students and staff.
Dorothy Show, administrative assistant, Department of Old Testament
Over the past 25 years, Dorothy Show has been an amazing, yes, awesome administrative assistant for the Department of Old Testament. Her encyclopedic knowledge and expertise in the various facets of Seminary life are legendary. Professors in the department unfailingly know that when Dorothy is given a job to do, it will be done thoroughly, completely and accurately. No one is unimportant to her—even the little children who come to the office and get one of her famous “stickers!”
Richard Show, assistant professor of medical laboratory sciences, Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences
Richard Show, or Dick as he is fondly known, is a consummate educator who brings a vast amount of clinical experience, practical insight and knowledge to his students. In addition to his teaching, Dick’s gift for instrument troubleshooting and repair has saved the University thousands of dollars over the years by cheerfully repairing donated instruments or fixing instruments that suffered under a little too much enthusiastic student use.
Additionally, the evening offered recognition for employees with 35, 30, 25, 20,15, 10 and 5 Years of Service.
Old Testament scholar Moskala was chosen yesterday to serve as dean of the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University, located in the U.S. state of Michigan.
Moskala, who has served at the Seminary since 1996, will fill the role held by current dean Denis Fortin, who last October announced his intention to return to fulltime teaching at the seminary by this autumn. Read the full story here.
A new dean has been named at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University. Jiri Moskala, who has served at the Seminary since 1996, accepted the position most recently held by Denis Fortin. Moskala’s appointment is effective July 1, 2013. In October of 2012, Fortin announced his desire to step away from administration in order to return to full-time teaching in the Department of Theology & Christian Philosophy at the Seminary beginning fall 2013.
“We narrowed it down to five candidates. When the final candidate review was done, it felt like the Lord was leading because there was a definite consensus that emerged on one candidate: Jiri Moskala,” says Ben Schoun, chair of the Andrews University Board of Trustees and a general vice president for the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. “Dr. Moskala is a fine academic scholar and very loyal to the church. I don’t know anyone who can question his commitment to the mission and values that we stand for.”
Moskala presently serves as professor of Old Testament exegesis and theology and chair of the Department of Old Testament at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary. Moskala says of his new appointment, “My vision for the Theological Seminary is to be the light for the world and the theological resource for the church. We are here to serve the worldwide church in various capacities to prepare future church leaders to work and deal with different challenges in order to proclaim the eternal Gospel with conviction, urgency and passion, make a difference for good, and prepare people for the soon second coming of Jesus.”
The Seminary dean is a member of the General Conference International Board of Theological and Ministerial Education, the North American Division Executive Committee and the North American Division Board of Theological and Ministerial Education. Additionally, the dean of the Seminary works closely with leadership from both the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists and the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.
Schoun says, “The Seminary at Andrews University is like a wonderful think-tank for the Adventist church. For those of us in church leadership who are out encouraging the work on the ground to go forward, it’s nice to get the council of the thinkers who are here at the Seminary. It’s a wonderful resource to be able to call upon in these various kinds of church issues.”
“Moskala is someone who comes from a very strong biblical and mission-oriented background,” says Ted Wilson, president of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. “He and his family are very focused on the tremendous task the Lord has given to the Seventh-day Adventist Church and out of that grows his passion for the educational process and mission of the church. It is a blessing to have someone like that heading the Seminary, keeping in front of many theological students, not only the academic side, which is very important, but also the practical mission side as we approach Christ's soon coming.”
Born in Cesky Tesin, Czech Republic, Moskala received a Master of Theology in 1979 and a Doctor of Theology in 1990, all from the Comenius Faculty of Protestant Theology (now Protestant Theological Faculty of Charles University), Czech Republic. In 1998, he completed his Doctor of Philosophy from Andrews University. Moskala began his ministry as a pastor for the Czecho-Slovakian Union, serving in this capacity until 1989. When the Communist regime fell after the Velvet Revolution, he established and served as the first principal of the Theological Seminary in Prague for training pastors. Moskala also served in various other capacities including director of the Life and Health Society, Education Department and Health Department for the Czecho-Slovakian Union.
Moskala has served as a speaker for many Bible conferences and theological symposia in all 13 divisions of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and has lectured at Adventist universities and colleges around the world. He is a member of various theological societies including the Adventist Society for Religious Studies, Adventist Theological Society, Chicago Society of Biblical Research, Society of Biblical Literature, and Society of Christian Ethics.
Moskala has authored or edited a number of articles and books in both Czech and English. In addition, he has participated in several archaeological expeditions in Tell Jalul, Jordan.
Moskala and his wife, Eva Moskalova, have five grown children and three grandchildren. “This is a great honor for the confidence expressed in me, but it also holds a sense of immense responsibility. I feel like Moses in front of the Burning Bush. One of the Bible verses which speaks to me in this situation is Proverbs 16:9: ‘In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.’ But I trust God, because when He calls one to do something, He also provides strength, wisdom, guidance, and constant help. I rely on God’s promise: Isaiah 41:13, I am the Lord your God who took you by your right hand and says to you do not fear, I will help you,” he says.
The Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary
The primary mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary is to prepare ministers and teachers for the Seventh-day Adventist Church. It offers a Master of Divinity; Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry, Religion, Religious Education, and Youth & Young Adult Ministry; dual degrees in Master of Arts in Youth & Young Adult Ministry/Master of Social Work and Master of Divinity/Master of Social Work; and five doctoral programs: Doctor of Ministry; Doctor of Philosophy in Biblical & Ancient Near Eastern Archaeology, Religion, and Religious Education; and Doctor of Theology. The Seminary has seven departments: Christian Ministry, Church History, Discipleship & Religious Education, New Testament, Old Testament, Theology & Christian Philosophy, and World Mission. It also offers learning opportunities to students through several centers and institutes such as: Center of Continuing Education for Ministry, Institute of Church Ministry, Institute of Hispanic Ministry, Greek Manuscript Research Center, the Institute of Archaeology, and Institute of Jewish-Christian Studies. In addition, the Seminary works in close association with the North American Division Evangelism Institute (NADEI), the Center for Youth Evangelism, and the Seventh-day Adventist Institute of World Mission.
The Seminary is one of the most ethnically and linguistically diverse seminary campuses in North America with about 550 students studying on the main campus and an additional 750 attending Seminary classes offered at extension sites in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. The Seminary holds full accreditation from the Adventist Accrediting Association, the Association of Theological Schools and the Higher Learning Commission.
The STEM Division in the College of Arts & Sciences, comprised of the Department of Biology, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Department of Mathematics and Department of Physics, now has Rachel Boothby serving as the first STEM division enrollment coordinator. STEM, which stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, is a growing initiative at Andrews. STEM offers a unique experience for students integrating the scholastic resources and practices of larger state universities with an environment that fosters spiritual development. Read full story.
For a limited time, Dining Services will be offering family-style meals that contain a delicious entrée coupled with the perfect side item, salad with dressing, and a dessert or bread. Gourmet To-Go can be ordered weekly until Wednesdays at noon for pick up on Friday afternoon. One take-out meal is designed to feed a group of 4 and is $24.99. We will be sending a weekly email, each Friday morning detailing menus, ordering information and pick-up time and location.
Please email us if you would like to be put on the Friday morning email list for Gourmet To-Go. You can visit our website for more information about this new program.
Berrien Springs, Mich.—As national debates intensify over how to effectively safeguard our educational institutions against future acts of violence, Professional Adventists for Safety and Security (PASS) is preparing for their third annual meeting, to be held in July 2013. PASS was organized in 2010 to bring together safety and security professionals serving at Seventh-day Adventist schools, hospitals and other institutions to discuss best practices, provide community resources, and maintain an Adventist network of security personal for the distribution of important information.
To date, there has been active involvement in PASS from campus security directors of Oakwood Adventist University, Southern Adventist University, Andrews University and Loma Linda University, and the directors of security at ADRA, the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, and the Review & Herald Publishing Association. Read full story.
Charles Reid has sung on some of opera's biggest stages, including a nine-season stint with New York's Metropolitan Opera, but Sunday's performance at Andrews University's Howard Performing Arts Center is of particular note in his accomplished singing career. Read the full story here.
When Lewis Eakins learned about the mass shooting at Virginia Tech in 2006, he wanted to increase the level of preparedness for his campus safety officers at Oakwood University.
Eakins, the director of Public Safety at the Adventist university in Huntsville, Alabama, embarked upon a state procedure that allows a private university to create its own police department. The move, he says, has enhanced training and now allows several of his 15 officers to carry a firearm.
Read the rest of the story here.
All issues of Envision, a Christian collegiate lifestyle publication produced entirely by students, are now available online! Visit envisionmagazine.com to download.
Area experts are skeptical new mental health measures will reduce gun violence, though they welcome President Obama's proposals to prevent, detect and treat mental illness.
The skepticism is rooted in the fact that the majority of violent crimes are not committed by people with a mental illness, including bipolar disorders, chronic depression and schizophrenia.
"It's important for the public to realize that mental illness does not equate with dangerous violence," said Duane McBride, chairman of the Department of Behavioral Sciences at Andrews University and chairman of the Berrien County Board of Health. Read full story.
Thursday, Jan. 31
11:30 a.m. Chapel—Pioneer Memorial Church
“Crucial Moments: An Introduction”
Featuring students Obed Zamore, Jameel Ali, Douglas DeMills
Friday, Feb. 1
7:30 p.m. University Vespers, Dan Jackson, President, North American Division
Pioneer Memorial Church
9 p.m. Impact—University Towers Auditorium
Sabbath, Feb. 2
11:45 a.m. New Life Fellowship—Seminary Chapel
5:30 p.m. Andrews University Advent Youth Service—University Towers Auditorium
Tuesday, Feb. 5
11:30 a.m. Tuesday Choices
“Implications and Impact of the Emancipation Proclamation”
Kathryn Silva Banks, assistant professor of history—Buller Hall, Room 250
“Breaking the Bonds: The Enduring Legacy of Slavery for the Black Man”
Trevor O’Reggio, associate professor of church history—Buller Hall, Room 251
Friday, Feb. 8
7:30 p.m. University Vespers
Carlton P. Byrd, Breath of Life Speaker/Director
Pioneer Memorial Church
Sabbath, Feb. 9
9 a.m. Worship Service, Carlton P. Byrd—Pioneer Memorial Church
10:30 a.m. Sabbath School—Pioneer Memorial Church
11:45 a.m. Worship Service, Carlton P. Byrd—Pioneer Memorial Church
Friday, Feb. 15
7 p.m. BSAS Vespers—Seminary Chapel
9 p.m. Impact—University Towers Auditorium
Sabbath, Feb. 16
11:45 a.m. New Life Fellowship, African Day—Seminary Chapel
4 p.m. “The Power of Sum,” Deliverance Mass Choir, Journey and others—Howard Performing Arts Center
Tuesday, Feb. 19
11:30 a.m. Tuesday Choices
“From ‘Jim Crow’ Laws to the March on Washington," Kathryn Silva-Banks, assistant professor of history—Buller Hall, Room 250
“Does Affirmative Action Create Job Search Equality?” Tim Nixon, associate chaplain, and Leilani Langdon, career coordinator/counselor—Buller Hall, Room 251
Friday, Feb. 22
7 p.m. BSAS Vespers—Seminary Chapel
9 p.m. Impact—University Towers Auditorium
Sabbath, Feb. 23
11:45 a.m. New Life Fellowship, Caribbean Day—Seminary Chapel
Tuesday, Feb. 26
10:30 a.m. BSAS Seminary Forum, Ron C. Smith, president, Southern Union—Seminary Chapel
11:30 a.m. Tuesday Choices
“Historical Implications of Current Events Such as the Election of Barack Obama," Kathryn Silva-Banks, assistant professor of history—Buller Hall, Room 250
“Is America Truly Post-racial?” Spencer Carter, director/dean, Meier Hall, and Edward Woods III—Buller Hall, Room 251
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The Andrews University Cardinal men’s and women’s basketball teams did more than shoot baskets this season. In light of the holidays, the teams took a timeout to lift others up with Christmas carols, gifts and laughter during a recent tournament at La Sierra University in Riverside, Calif.
The Andrews teams were at La Sierra for their first-time participation in the university’s Holiday Tournament. From December 15–17, the Cardinals played games against other Adventist institutions including La Sierra University, Pacific Union College, and Oakwood University.
On the second day of the tournament, the coaching staff and players loaded onto the buses to go caroling and give gifts to needy families in the area.
“We wanted to do a special outreach project in the community,” says Dave Jardine, men’s head basketball coach and director of athletics at Andrews University. “Prior to the tournament, I contacted the La Sierra University Church looking for three families we could carol and bring gifts to. We got the names of three families: two with five children each and one with two children.”
That evening, the 30 student athletes and five coaching staff polished up their caroling skills. When they visited each family, Jardine briefly introduced the group while the players handed out gifts and sang carols. The Cardinals took special requests like Jingle Bells and Silent Night, and even attempted a rendition of The 12 Days of Christmas (skipping only a few days, laughs Jardine).
“When the families heard us coming, I’m pretty sure they expected a typical group of singers... Boy, were they wrong. We spiced up every song we sang and it was great to see their expressions,” says Kenny Dupont, freshmen forward on the men’s team. “It’s an experience we won’t forget and neither will they.”
One of the three families made a particularly lasting impression on the Cardinals. After singing and handing out gifts to the five children, the oldest of the siblings hugged Jardine and kept saying, ‘Thank you, thank you.” His mother had asked earlier if they could not give the children gifts that night so they’d have something to open on Christmas morning.
“We knew how much they needed and decided to give them gifts that night as well as extra for Christmas Day,” says Jardine.
The children received gifts like backpacks, basketballs and gift cards.
The players enjoyed giving nearly as much as the children enjoyed receiving. “It showed me how much fun and enjoyable it can be to give something to someone else,” says Cliff Allen, starting center for the men’s team.
“It made me smile and feel better to see the families light up with joy,” recalls Janessa Sorrells, guard for the women’s team. “It’s the little things we do to help others that matter most.”
This was the first time both teams have gone caroling as an outreach event, but it won’t be the last, says Jardine.
-Written by Ashleigh Jardine
Andrews University is getting some recognition from U.S. News & World Report, landing 11th on its "Overperforming Schools in the Nation" list. Read and listen to the full story.
The Christmas season has arrived at Andrews University! From office parties to putting up decorations, campus has been bustling with holiday cheer.
In light of the school shooting that occurred on Friday, Dec. 14 in Newtown, Conn., the Office of Campus Safety would like to share an active shooter resource card with campus. This active shooter information card offers a guide on how to respond to an active shooter, as well as coping, profile and characteristics of an active shooter. This resource is from the Department of Homeland Security.
Additionally, the Department of Homeland Security funded the informational video Run. Hide. Fight.: Surviving an Active Shooter. This "How To" video on surviving a shooter event depicts a fictional shooting incident at an office building/
Andrews University was recently ranked #11 on U.S. News & World Report’s Overperforming Schools in the Nation list, with an overall score of +75. This concept measures the degree to which a university’s overall position in the rankings exceeds or falls short of its undergraduate academic reputation rank.
This was the magazine’s first-ever analysis of colleges in the national universities ranking category that are overperforming or underperforming their undergraduate academic reputations in terms of their overall Best Colleges 2013 rankings.
“This report appears to support the reality that small private/Christian institutions can—and often do—offer an environment of excellence and nurturing where students thrive and succeed, often beyond what might be expected,” says Andrea Luxton, provost of Andrews University. “However, it is also difficult for smaller institutions to find the resources to communicate that value widely, which inevitably leads to an underestimation of value. As far as Andrews is concerned, this report recognizes that our quality programs are very competitive with some of the best institutions in the nation.”
In the study, the schools that were ranked, which include Andrews University, performed well in key academic metrics such as selective admissions, financial and faculty resources, alumni giving, and graduation and retention rates. Andrews University was the only institution in the Seventh-day Adventist educational system to be recognized as an overperforming university.
“With the additional value of the element of our Christian community, we have a winning combination!” says Luxton.
Earlier this year, Andrews University made a few other U.S. News & World Report college ranking lists too. With a diversity index of .73, the University tied for 4th in Campus Ethnic Diversity and with 13% of our student body composed of international students, Andrews tied for 9th in Most International Students.
Other overperforming universities include: Adelphi University, N.Y. (#1); Ashland University, Ohio (#2); University of St. Thomas, Minn. (#3); Stevens Institute of Technology, N.J. (#4); St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, Minn. (#5); Azusa Pacific University, Calif. (#6); Edgewood College, Wis. (#7); University of Tulsa, Okla. (#8); Yeshiva University, N.Y. (#9); Biola University, Calif. (#10); St. John Fisher College, N.Y. (#12); South Carolina State University, S.C. (#13); University of La Verne, Calif. (#14) and Maryville University of St. Louis, Mo. (#15).
For more information on the rankings, visit http://www.usnews.com/education/blogs/college-rankings-blog/2012/11/29/which-ranked-universities-are-doing-better-than-their-academic-reputations.
Dailey & Vincent, a bluegrass band, performs "A Bluegrass Christmas" on Saturday at Andrews University's Howard Performing Arts Center. Read the full story here.
U.S. News has published a first-ever analysis of colleges in their National Universities ranking category that are overperforming or underperforming their undergraduate academic reputations in terms of their overall Best Colleges 2013 rankings. This concept measures the degree to which a university's overall position in the rankings exceeds or falls short of its undergraduate academic reputation rank. Andrews University is named on that list. Read the full story.
Monday, Dec. 17, 2012 to Friday, Jan. 4, 2013
The Office of Campus Safety will be conducting routine tests of the fire alarm and sprinkler suppression systems from Monday, Dec. 17, 2012 to Friday, Jan. 4, 2013. These tests are required by the State of Michigan. Both tests will cause the building’s fire alarm system to activate with both visual and audible notifications. During this test period only, if a fire alarm activates in your building and lasts for less than 2 minutes, disregard the alarm. If an alarm is activated for a real emergency during the test period, the Office of Campus Safety will respond immediately and start the evacuation process. The alarm will continue to sound until the emergency has been resolved.
The annual test of the sprinkler system (visual and audible only; no water) will take place in the following buildings:
- Andrews Academy
- Airpark—Seamont Building
- Buller Hall
- Burman Hall
- Campus Center
- Chan Shun Hall
- Damazo Hall
- Halenz Hall
- Harrigan Hall
- Haughey Hall
- Howard Performing Arts Center
- James White Library
- Nethery Hall
- Price Hall
- Ruth Murdoch Elementary School
Seminary (Tan Hall)
The annual test of the fire alarm system will affect the following buildings:
- Administration Building
- Airpark—Seamont Building
- Airpark—Simulator Building
- Andrews Academy
- Architecture Building
- Art & Design Center
- Beaty Pool/Johnson Gym
- Bell Hall
- Buller Hall
- Burman Hall
- Campus Center
- Chan Shun Hall
- Damazo Hall
- Garland Apartment Building A
- Garland Apartment Building C
- Griggs Hall/Lake Union Building
- Halenz Hall
- Hamel Hall
- Harrigan Hall
- Haughey Hall
- Horn Museum
- Howard Performing Arts Center
- Information Services Building
- James White Library
- Lamson Hall
- Marsh Hall
- Meier Hall
- Nethery Hall
- Physical Therapy Building
- Pioneer Memorial Church
- Power Plant (HVAC)
- Price Hall
- Ruth Murdoch Elementary School
- Seminary (Tan Hall)
- Smith Hall
- University Medical Center
An Andrews University student in the J.N. Andrews Honors Program took home the first place award in her category from the National Collegiate Honors Council Conference held in Boston, Mass., in mid-November. Read full story.
President Niels-Erik Andreasen presented his Board Briefing on Oct. 30 to faculty and staff in the Newbold Auditorium of Buller Hall. Read the full story.
The latest issue of Envision, Andrews University’s Christian collegiate magazine, was formally launched on Thursday, Nov. 8, in the Campus Center. This is the fourth annual issue of the collegiate magazine produced by the collaborative effort of Andrews’ students from multiple academic disciplines.
“The students have once again outdone themselves providing top-notch writing, photography and design,” says Debbie Michel, associate professor of communication and editor-in-chief of Envision.
This year’s issue features articles on many topics of special interest to students, including ways to stay energized, how to get a great internship, and how to erase student loan debt. The new issue also includes several feature articles on Andrews’ students. “We feature some students who’ve tackled some pretty daunting challenges head-on, which, of course, would not be possible without the power of God in their lives,” says Michel. Among these inspirational stories is the cover story for this issue, featuring “G.I. Joe Rivera.” “I believe there’s something in that story that will encourage and revitalize anyone who reads it,” says Michel.
Envision is created entirely by students in the classes Publication Production, Advanced Media Writing, Publication Design, and Studio Photography. Students were able to apply the skills they were learning in class to produce a finished, real-world product.
“It’s a great portfolio piece for them to show what they can do, in settings as close to the real world as a college environment allows,” says Michel. Students receive firsthand experience in every step of the process of writing, editing, designing and photographing a magazine.
“It was a great experience and I learned a lot about how a magazine works,” says Tacyana Behrmann, one of the magazine’s student editors. After her first year working on the magazine, Tacyana feels that she learned a lot about the business. “It gave me a look into the magazine publishing world—what it takes and the work that goes into it,” she says, describing how she used the campus “grapevine” to find stories for the magazine. Tacyana was one of about 50 students who were involved in producing this issue of Envision.
Envision is available for purchase for $2.50 at the Gazebo, the Andrews Bookstore, Apple Valley, Harding’s and the ABC. For more information on Envision or to get involved in the next issue, contact Debbie Michel at email@example.com.
On November 7 in Meier Hall Chapel the weekly Momentum Worship begun. After music was done by the handsome Asian gentleman (Isaac Suh) with the full beard and the stunning Caucasian gentleman (Matthew Master) the speaker, KC Anyalebechi, delivered the message. His message was brought from the book of Mark, and derived from the story of Jesus calming the storm. Though this is a story that we've all heard many times, KC managed to give us a fresh perspective: The storm is only as bad as the reactions that we have to them. In this storm, Jesus was sleeping. There was no reason to fear because He is always taking care of us. Join every week at 9:30.
By Isaac Suh
Andrew von Maur, an associate professor of design and urbanism at Andrews University, returned to Michigan City to give a presentation discussing the impact of The North End Plan, which was completed by students of the University five years ago. Read the full story
Thanks to the enthusiasm of our campus employees, we have surpassed our participation goal and our campaign dollar goal in record time. To date, 114 individual employees have donated $11,500. Both of these numbers exceed the previous five years of Andrews United Way Employee Campaigns. I am deeply grateful for the campus spirit of generosity and support. I believe the United Way Campaign is a very visible and powerful way to provide stewardship and support to our community. All locally donated funds are distributed locally. Andrews University can become the light and salt our neighbors need, right here in Southwest Michigan.
As promised, I will now, literally, "Jump into the United Way Campaign." You are invited to come to the Beaty Pool on Thursday, Nov. 15, at 3:30 p.m. to witness my plunge. (Live streaming will be available at andrews.edu/president.) Representatives from United Way will also be on hand. Their staff has been encouraged by our increased support, and the accompanying fun, and they want to join in celebrating the successful conclusion of our Andrews United Way Employee Campaign.
Thank you, as well, to those who will be impressed to give in our final days of this campaign, which formally closes on November 14. If you haven’t given to this year’s campaign, we still welcome your pledge forms. Pledge forms may be returned to the Office of the President. The four-digit on-campus zip code is 0670.
Dr. Denis Fortin has announced that he will return to full time teaching at the end of the current academic year. He has served as dean of the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University for the last six years and associate dean prior to that. Read the full story
The Monday Musical Club of Southwestern Michigan will present its November program, "Honoring Americana," at 7 p.m. Monday at The Heritage Museum and Cultural Center, 601 Main St.
The program will feature the Andrews University Singers, under the direction of Stephen Zork, with pianist James Kraus, mezzo soprano Lorie Kraus and cellist Sara Thomas performing "The Christ Child Sleeps," "A Teasdale Winter Trilogy," "Stars" and premiering "Dear Lord" and "Father of Mankind" all from Michigan composer Louis M. DeShantz. The Ed Bagatini Quintet also will perform a selection of original compositions. Read the full story
Denis Fortin, dean of the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary, has announced his plans to return to full-time teaching effective with the 2013–14 school year. Fortin has served as faculty at Andrews since 1994 and the last six years as dean.
“For personal and professional reasons, I have come to the conclusion that after serving in academic administration for the better part of the last 14 years, as director of the Master of Divinity program for three years, as associate dean for four years, and now as dean for six years, it is time for me to take a break,” Fortin said. “I have therefore asked President Niels-Erik Andreasen and Provost Andrea Luxton that I be permitted to return to full-time teaching in the Department of Theology & Christian Philosophy.”
Fortin was appointed dean of the Seminary in 2006. Since joining the Seminary faculty in 1994, Fortin has served as director of the Master of Divinity program (1999–2001), associate dean (2000–2004), and chair of the Department of Theology & Christian Philosophy (2006). Prior to coming to Andrews University, he served as a pastor in the Quebec Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.
“The Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary has been very well served by Dr. Denis Fortin, both as a professor, program director and dean for the past six years. The number of students, programs and services has grown under his leadership, and we have all been blessed,” says Niels-Erik Andreasen, president. “I am happy to note that he will return to his first love: teaching Seminary students. We are delighted to welcome him back full-time to the faculty.”
"The Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary has grown into one of the largest seminaries in the country, with a national and international faculty and student body,” says Andreasen. “It serves the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America and around the world. Its educational work is of critical important to the faith and ministry of the church.”
A search committee will be established, overseen by President Andreasen, to identify Dean Fortin’s successor. The search committee will include representation from the Seminary faculty, Andrews University administration and Seventh-day Adventist Church leadership.
Noted Christian researcher and author George Barna will present a three-part series on raising children from Nov. 14-15 on the campus of Andrews University. The series is composed of three sessions: two on Nov. 14 and one on Nov. 15. Read the full story
Winning the grand prize last May in the 2012 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition at the University of Notre Dame was especially gratifying for Justin Polyblank, who plays baritone in the all-saxophone Barkada Quartet. Read the full story
There is apparently a competition to find out which college campus is the best for vegans, and Andrews University is sitting towards the front of the line. Read full story.