Date: May 2, 2005
Andrews University is jointly operated by the General Conference and the Lake Union Conference, and is the first university to be organized by the Adventist Church. The influence of the University is felt worldwide through our 28,000 alumni who work across the globe, with thousands of them serving the world church in leadership positions. The University’s educational strength extends worldwide through affiliate and extension programs offering undergraduate and graduate degrees at 16 affiliated institutions on five continents. So when the world church holds its quinquennial business session, as expected, Andrews is front and center. As educational servant to the world church, Andrews University will be serving in various roles at the 58th session of the General Conference, June 30-July 9, 2005.
Andrews University is supplying 25 students as administrative pages for service in the various departments of the General Conference during the St. Louis meetings. The students were selected from an application process last winter and reflect the rich diversity of talent, language skills, and areas of study so prevalent among our Andrews students. They will be serving in various GC offices such as Secretariat, Session Management, Business Center, and Communication Department. Students selected to serve are: Jamie Alabata, Kofi Acheampong, Jessie Breyer, David Carbonell, Christopher Campbell, Paul Cho, Jean-Marcel Clouzet, Kristin Denslow, Jodi-Ann Flynn, Elizabeth Fresse, Juan Fresse, Monette Gray, Angelika Grozdic, Faith-Ann McGarrell, Irena Nesterova, Allison Nowack, Edgar Nunes, Josephine Ola, Omar Palmer, Georgiana Palmer, Joel Raveloharimisy, Erica Slikkers, Beverly Stout, Ricardo Woolcock, and Lianro Wagenersmith. Andrews University will award students a stipend, applicable to next year’s tuition, for their service as administrative pages.
A number of Andrews administrators are members of the official delegation to the General Conference Session:
Delegates-at-Large—Dr. Keith Mattingly, Dr. John McVay, Dr. Patricia Mutch, Ms. Renee Skeete
Executive Committee Members—Dr. Niels-Erik Andreasen. Mr. Edward Wines
Special Guests—Dr. Verlyn Benson, Dr. Annetta Gibson, Dr. James Jeffery, Dr. William Richardson, Dr. Charles Tidwell
You won’t be able to miss the Andrews booth in the exhibit hall of the St. Louis Session. The 40x50 foot exhibit was designed by architecture faculty Andrew von Maur to reflect the brainchild of Dan Tilstra, development officer, and Neal Boger, booth coordinator. The booth is designed to show familiar architectural details from buildings on the campus, and will be filled with oversized photographs of people and places at Andrews. The focal point is a wall-size photo of Pioneer Memorial Church and the international flag walk. Andrews staff will be on hand to greet alumni attending the session, talk with prospective students, and answer general questions about the work and mission of Andrews University.
In addition to the university’s general exhibit in the non-commercial section, Andrews will also be represented by a large commercial exhibit featuring publications from Andrews University Press. According to Ronald Knott, director of the Press, the 20’ x 20’ display will be located in a prime spot on the main promenade aisle. It will highlight, among other things, the Adventist Classic Library, a major new reprint series edited by George R. Knight; and Ranko Stefanovic’s widely influential new commentary on the Book of Revelation
Tami Condon, director of Alumni Services, is planning to host alumni gatherings for Andrews alumni attending the GC Session. Information about these activities will be posted at www.andrews.edu/alumni/.
While most of the activities will be happening in St. Louis, the Andrews University campus is anticipating an influx of visitors during the summer as SDA church members from all over the world make “pilgrimages” to Battle Creek and stop by to see world-famous Andrews University. The Office of University Relations is serving as a center for summer hospitality and will be providing campus tours, language assistance, and other visitor services. Guests are invited to stop by and mark their visit to campus on a world map posted in the University Relations Building.