Andrews University Agenda News and Events at Andrews University en-us Copyright 2018, Andrews University Wed, 19 Sep 2018 17:09:00 -0000 Wed, 19 Sep 2018 17:09:00 -0000 Howard Center Presents Joyous String Ensemble <p> On Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018, beginning at 7 p.m., expect the Howard Performing Arts Center to reverberate with music, as Andrews University hosts the Joyous String Ensemble.</p> <p> Over the past three years, the ensemble has become an international sensation&mdash;with major TV appearances on the &ldquo;Ellen DeGeneres Show,&rdquo; ABC&rsquo;s &ldquo;Good Morning America,&rdquo; Fox News, NBC's The Today Show, Steve Harvey&rsquo;s &ldquo;Little Big Shots&rdquo; and the Harry Connick Show. In addition, the group performed at the White House for President Obama in 2015.</p> <p> Internationally, the group has performed all over the world, including on Hunan TV&rsquo;s &ldquo;Amazing Kids&rdquo; Show (China), SBS &ldquo;Star King&rdquo; (Korea) and SAT &quot;Super Kids&rdquo; (Germany).</p> <p> Besides TV appearances, the group has performed at major concert venues, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and Citi Field. And they already have garnered a robust social media following, with millions of YouTube views and followers.</p> <p> Mixing an eclectic repertoire, the Joyous String Ensemble performs from traditional classical music to today&rsquo;s pop hits and mash-ups, innovatively orchestrated and arranged to give the audience a unique listening experience. Despite their youthful age, the group is a model of mature and brilliant musicianship.</p> <p> Centered around 11-year-old multi-talented cellist Justin Yu and 8-year-old violinist Christine Yu, the group will perform with violinists Tyler, Sabrina, Tiffany, cellists Megan and Gwendolyn and bassist Brendon.</p> <p> Reserved tickets are $15, student tickets (limit 2) are $10, and group tickets (10+) are $12/person. For tickets, call the Howard box office at 888-467-6442 or 269-471-3560 or visit <a href=""></a>.</p> Wed, 19 Sep 2018 14:24:10 +0000 Urban Mission & Ministry Congress <p> <em>Used by permission of Adventist Today</em></p> <p> Some 535 pastors, lay ministry leaders, church planters, community service managers, Bible workers and seminarians gathered September 6&ndash;8 at Andrews University for the 2018 Urban Mission and Ministry Congress. The theme was &ldquo;God&rsquo;s City, My City&mdash;Transforming Community through Christ&rsquo;s Love,&rdquo; and the tag line was &ldquo;Re-set. Re-frame.&rdquo; Acknowledging the humor of hosting an urban-focused event in the rural setting of Berrien Springs, Michigan, Pastor Jose Cortes Jr. announced jokingly that a country-living event will soon be held two hours away in Chicago.</p> <p> Dr. Skip Bell, professor of Church Leadership at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary and coordinator for the event, shared the meaning of that tag line with Adventist Today. &ldquo;The words re-set and re-frame suggest change is necessary. We&mdash;the Seventh-day Adventist Church&mdash;were born in the context of New England, the second wave of the Great Awakening in the mid-nineteenth century, where the issues in Christianity were identified with that historical framework, that point in time.&rdquo; Despite the need to recognize and value these historical roots, Bell emphatically noted the difference between roots and foundation. &ldquo;The foundation of our church is not that history. The foundation of our church is Jesus and how He lives in this world today through His church. We are a movement of people empowered by the Spirit, filled with a joyful relationship with Jesus, sharing Him not through argument but through life and deed. So re-set, re-frame.&rdquo;</p> <p> Pastor Dan Jackson, president of the Adventist denomination in North America, kicked off the event by stressing the importance of urban ministry. Jackson emphasized the weekend&rsquo;s primary theme&mdash;the need to serve in the cities rather than distance ourselves from the urban context. &ldquo;We are called to the cities,&rdquo; he said, highlighting the Old Testament story of Jonah&rsquo;s call to share God&rsquo;s message with Nineveh. Jackson noted that in North America, 63 percent of the population live in cities that account for less than 4 percent of the land mass. Furthermore, while 55 percent of the world&rsquo;s population now live in urban areas, by 2050 that number is projected to grow to 68 percent. Pastor Tiffany Brown, from REACH Philadelphia, later addressed the same point saying, &ldquo;Our cities are important because that&rsquo;s where the people are.&rdquo;</p> <p> Other Adventists who spoke during the plenary sessions included Pastor Will James from the Paradise Valley Adventist Church in San Diego, Pastor Roger Hernandez from the Southern Union Conference staff, Pastor Carlton Byrd from the Oakwood University Church, Dr. Peter Bath from Kettering Health Network in Dayton, and Pastor Ty Gibson from Storyline Adventist Church in Oregon. For a broader perspective, a number of presenters were from other Christian denominations&mdash;Noel Castellanos, director of the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA); Tim Wise, a Christian activist for racial justice; Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, member of the United States Congress from Missouri; and Dr. Richard Perry, professor of urban ministry at the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago.</p> <p> In addition to the need for Adventists to live and serve in cities, three additional themes that emerged in the presentations, panel discussions and workshops were the importance of service, social justice and relationships. Regarding service, short interviews with urban pastors headlined each plenary session. Pastor David Franklin shared how the Miracle City Church in Baltimore had more than 100,000 touch points of service last year. The congregation continues to care for mothers and responded to recent flooding. Pastor Joseph Khabbaz from Sligo Church on the campus of Washington Adventist University described their work with Syrian refugees, furnishing homes and teaching English. Pastor Joseph Saint Phard of the Bolingbrook Church in Illinois emphasized the work they do for the community through the congregation&rsquo;s food pantry. Pastor Michael Dauncey of Church in the Valley in Vancouver, Canada, spoke about the Acts of Kindness ministry that hosts blood drives, provides oil changes for single mothers, cooks breakfast at the local public elementary school, and does home makeovers among other services. Pastor Daniel Xisto from the Charlottesville Church told how the congregation joined other Adventist congregations in the city at the time of the recent racist demonstrations to march to the site of Heather Heyer&rsquo;s murder and there had an impromptu memorial service with Heather&rsquo;s mother. [1]</p> <p> The theme of service as witness was developed in other presentations as well. In his plenary presentation, James described his congregation&rsquo;s care for recent immigrants and refugees. The Paradise Valley Church provides mentoring, a community garden, English classes and health seminars. In workshops, Dr. Sung Kwon, director of Adventist Community Services for the denomination&rsquo;s North American Division, provided training on multiple approaches to serving the community.</p> <p> The root causes of poverty and other society-wide problems were also given significant attention. At least two presenters drew on Jesus&rsquo; sermon in Luke 4 as a biblical basis to work for social justice. Noel Castellanos stressed the need for both compassionate service and advocacy for justice when seeking the good of the community. A representative of LIFE Camp described how that organization has worked with civic groups and stakeholders in a number of communities to reduce violence across New York City. In other workshops, Michael Nixon (Andrews University vice president for Diversity &amp; Inclusion) and Pastor Joshua Nelson (from Emanuel Adventist Church and member of the Adventists for Social Justice leadership team) talked about social justice. Similarly, Patricia Prasada-Rao (an Adventist who worked for CCDA in the past) shared a workshop on the need to combine advocacy for justice with more traditional community service work.</p> <p> The centrality of building relationships emerged as a prominent theme. In his plenary presentation, James argued that a refugee&rsquo;s greatest need is a mentor. &ldquo;We all need someone who genuinely cares and meets us where we are,&rdquo; he said. In the context of trauma, Ingrid Slikkers, social work professor at Andrews University, stated, &ldquo;Programs don&rsquo;t heal people. People heal people.&rdquo; Pastor Jose Cortez, a key figure in organizing the event and associate director of the NAD Ministerial Association, added, &ldquo;People loved Jesus because Jesus loved people.&rdquo; With a twist on the theme, Pastor Todd Stout from Church of the Advent Hope on Manhattan, called attendees to actually like, not just love, the people in the city. Prasada-Rao asked the question, &ldquo;Do you know the name of someone in the community? Do you know their story?&rdquo; Commenting on the ubiquity of technology, Anthony Wagener Smith, professor of Christian Ministry in the Andrews University seminary and associate director of the NAD Evangelism Institute, stressed that &ldquo;technology is not a replacement for relationships.&rdquo; In the final two presentations, Bath emphasized the social health factors that can be improved through relationships, and Gibson spoke on the value Ellen White placed on what she called &ldquo;disinterested benevolence&rdquo; and he interpreted as &ldquo;no-strings-attached goodness.&rdquo; Gibson noted the power of food to build relationships and the power of relationships to counter loneliness, which is an increasing reality for urban populations.</p> <p> In his Sabbath sermon, Byrd addressed a concern that had been raised at points during the congress; because social issues are often political issues, should Adventists avoid the public sphere? He countered, &ldquo;It&rsquo;s not politics; it&rsquo;s meeting human need. The Church has lost its voice,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;When the system treats rich people better than poor people, we must speak up!&rdquo;</p> <p> Prasada-Rao told Adventist Today that this congress was &ldquo;a dream come true&rdquo; for her. During her twenty years working for CCDA, she prayed that Adventists would engage more fully in this type of ministry.</p> <p> Two participants shared with Adventist Today their motivation to attend the event. Michelle Candy is the Community Services Director in her local congregation in Bismarck, North Dakota. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re in a small city that is starting to grow and have urban problems. We wanted to get an idea of what other churches are doing,&rdquo; she said. Candy found the presentation by Castellanos to be especially helpful. She also appreciated Gibson&rsquo;s emphasis on food for building relationships with community members. &ldquo;In Bismarck, we eat!&rdquo;</p> <p> Krysten Thomas, a seminary student who recently moved from Orlando to Andrews University, attended the event because she wanted to &ldquo;learn more about how to reach different communities and populations.&rdquo; She shared that she enjoyed the diversity of speakers; &ldquo;Adventist and non-Adventist speakers and diversity of ethnicities as well. It challenged my perspective of how to think of people that are different from me, recognizing that everyone has their own struggles and challenges and that we are called to connect with them, especially with what Ty Gibson said of not having any agenda but just loving people,&rdquo; she said.</p> <p> Other attendees pointed out areas they wish could be addressed when similar events are planned in the future. For example, Mark Fulop, director of Portland Adventist Community Services (PACS), noted both the racial and gender differences between the speakers and the general audience. While over the weekend there was increasing diversity on the stage, there were very few female presenters, despite women representing a significant portion of the attendees. Fulop advised, &ldquo;The next conference needs to focus on our own challenges with privilege and power.&rdquo;</p> <p> Bell&rsquo;s desire to host the event grew out of conversations with seminary students and pastors working in urban communities. &ldquo;Two years ago, having taught urban ministry in our Doctor of Ministry program for many years and having done case studies where I went and served and worked with very neat, important urban churches across a broad range of denominational traditions, and students telling me, &lsquo;We ought to have a congress.&rsquo; Pastors out in the field saying, &lsquo;We just don&rsquo;t have anything focusing us on issues of the true, real city.&rsquo; I then went to the seminary dean, to a few key people like the NAD Evangelism Institute and Jose Cortes,&rdquo; Bell said.</p> <p> The NAD supported Bell&rsquo;s desire to host the event, so he turned to Peter Bath, vice president for Mission at Kettering Health Network. &ldquo;I spent an hour and a half with him, but we were to &lsquo;yes&rsquo; in five minutes,&rdquo; Bell shared enthusiastically. Bath was instrumental in getting other members of the Adventist health network to generously support the congress, underwriting the majority of the conference expenses.</p> <p> Themes of strategy and theology naturally arise when considering urban ministry, and Bell was quick to emphasize the theological considerations over the tactical. Regarding mission strategy, Bell noted the number of people living in cities who &ldquo;couldn&rsquo;t care less about what the Bible teaches. They don&rsquo;t believe in the Bible. They&rsquo;re not going to say, &lsquo;Oh, tell me about God.&rsquo;&rdquo; While Christians may be tempted to use compassion ministries as a tactic, Bell argued against this mindset. &ldquo;Not everybody is as stupid as we are. Not everybody says, &lsquo;Oh they gave me something, so now I know they&rsquo;re Christians.&rsquo;&rdquo; Instead, Bell believes that urban residents will &ldquo;know we are Christians when we have an on-going commitment to be alongside them, and we live, love, serve and relate with the compassion of Jesus&hellip;.Then when a relationship of love and trust is built, they will say, &lsquo;You have a different world view than me.&rsquo; And we listen and talk.&rdquo;</p> <p> However, for Bell, theology is more important than strategy when considering urban ministry. He insisted, &ldquo;The strategy question is important, but more important is the theology question. We don&rsquo;t represent the love of Christ when we do hit-and-run. We really don&rsquo;t. So theologically, we can&rsquo;t do that. We have to live in the community. We have to be a part of that community.&rdquo;</p> <p> Bell says living in the country or the suburbs is quite appropriate if a person or family prayerfully decides this is where God wants them to live. &ldquo;Praise God&rdquo; for that, he said. &ldquo;But the idea that we shouldn&rsquo;t live in the city is absolutely foreign. It&rsquo;s not even good study of the documents that form and shape where we typically look for answers. It&rsquo;s also poor theology because Jesus went to the cities and towns. That&rsquo;s where we are to be and live. You cannot build relationships with a hit-and-run kind of thing. You have to be incarnational, and incarnational ministry requires that you live and serve there.&rdquo;</p> <p> Kwon, director of Adventist Community Services for the NAD, emphasized the same point. &ldquo;Ellen G. White clearly counseled followers to move out of the cities. Nevertheless, in a study of 107 of her periodical articles, there are 24 instructing believers to move out of the cities or to establish institutions outside of the cities. However, the remaining 75 percent give instruction to move into cities.&rdquo;</p> <p> Both Bell and Kwon noted the need to build relationships with people in cities and the need for congregations to serve there. Bell teaches that to be a &ldquo;Christian doesn&rsquo;t mean gathering on the weekend with your congregation. To be Christian means to love, relate, serve, build community, listen in everyday life&mdash;on the sidewalk, in the street, in the garden, in the board room, in the school, in the place where people are.&rdquo; Kwon added, &ldquo;The purpose of being a disciple is not only to proclaim the good news, the word of salvation, but also to demonstrate the love of God to people who are in need. This is why Ellen White said, &lsquo;[The church] was organized for service.&rsquo;&rdquo;</p> <p> This was not the first urban ministry event hosted by Adventists in North America. Some attendees remembered the 2007 Adventist Urban Congress held at Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama. Kwon described that event as a &ldquo;critical moment in increasing the impact of Adventist Church community outreach ministries.&rdquo; He continued, &ldquo;We had Adventist church leaders urging the members to understand our duty and responsibility as disciples in the Kingdom of God.&rdquo; Speakers such as Barry Black, Alvin Kibble, Charles Cheatham, Monte Sahlin, Charles Bradford, James Cress, Charles Brooks and Mark Finley &ldquo;challenged the participants to pray for God&rsquo;s intervention in their own lives, to listen to people&rsquo;s struggles and challenges, and to look for opportunities in the neighborhoods and communities that surround us to serve and demonstrate God&rsquo;s love, which reflects Jesus&rsquo; heart of servanthood,&rdquo; Kwon recalled.</p> <p> Commenting on what he hopes participants take away from the 2018 event, Bell listed four desires. He hopes pastors and lay people understand they are called to relate to people, to serve people, to show compassion for people over the long-term, and to build relationships with people where the connection is not only about religion. Anticipating a reaction to these priorities, Bell argues, &ldquo;If some criticize that those fall short of the gospel, I would make the opposite case. One, strategically that&rsquo;s a long-term way to build the church. Secondly, young Adventists are sick and tired of an institution that rests on its history and proclaims its beliefs and shows very little engagement or concern for real people in real community.&rdquo; And third, &ldquo;there&rsquo;s joy and peace in simply living the love of Jesus among people. The call of Jesus is: follow him, live and love. So I&rsquo;m not twisting arms, and I&rsquo;m not forcing things. It&rsquo;s like yeast in the bread; it just does its work.&rdquo;</p> <p> For those interested in accessing the presentations, many will be made available in various formats. The plenary presentations will be posted on YouTube. Also, plenaries and some of the workshops will be used as part of an online urban ministry curriculum hosted by the Adventist Learning Community.[2] Presentations will also be edited in order to be published in outlets such as the Journal of Adventist Mission Studies, a forthcoming BRIDGE journal, and Ministry magazine. Furthermore, Sung Kwon is working with other global divisions as well as unions within the North American Division to host similar events. Despite these resources, only those in attendance were able to network in person and to experience the special music performances by the Deliverance Mass Choir, the Andrews Korean Choir, the Andrews University String Quartet, the One Place Praise Team, Watchmen and others.</p> <p> To conclude the weekend events, Bell gave a rousing appeal for attendees to embody the teachings that had been presented. Similarly, he told Adventist Today: &ldquo;I dream of the day that we Seventh-day Adventists are known as people who relate, who love, who serve, who build community, who care. I dream of the day when the heartbeat of my church&mdash;the Seventh-day Adventist Church&mdash;is relationality, loving, serving, caring out in the public square, the public life. I can imagine us being that way. It can happen. We&rsquo;ve got to model it. We&rsquo;ve got to it. We&rsquo;ve got to talk it. We&rsquo;ve got to live it. We&rsquo;ve got to teach it. We&rsquo;ve got to do it. The actions and the words.&rdquo;</p> <p> [1] You can hear Daniel Xisto share this story on the Adventist Peace Radio <a href="">podcast</a>.</p> <p> [2] <a href=""></a></p> Mon, 17 Sep 2018 18:12:14 +0000 Andrews Creates HS Summer Advancement Program <p> This past summer, Andrews University created the High School Summer Advancement Program to offer selected 9th-grade students from Benton Harbor High School the opportunity to participate in a math recovery course conducted on the Andrews University campus.</p> <p> The program, which ran from June 18 to August 15, covered two-semesters of Algebra 1 in eight weeks. Each participant earned 0.5 transferable credits for every semester they completed. In fact, these credits counted towards their high school graduation.</p> <p> In the end, 11 students registered for the program, seven of whom completed semester one and four who completed semester two. Not all of the original 11 students could finish both semesters due to summer work conflicts.</p> <p> Each of these participants received scholarships which covered their registration, transportation to and from Andrews University, breakfast, lunch, tuition and tutoring. Classes were held Monday thru Friday, with the math sessions going from 9:15 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. In addition to attending class, students were also given campus tours and the opportunity to meet with professors in departments that interested them vocationally. Some of the departments the students interacted with included the Departments of Nursing, Aviation, Music and Teaching, Learning &amp; Curriculum.</p> <p> In order to better help the students, the Andrews University team of instructors worked daily on finding and implementing engaging methods to teach math which included art, drama and music. Led by Meylin Tremolis-Castillo, a recent BS in Education graduate, the instructors were Lucinda Ford, a senior mathematics major, Anna Gayle, a communication major, and Aymeric Saint Louis-Gabriel, a seminarian with a BS in mathematics. Tara St. Jean, another seminarian, assisted with the meals.</p> <p> &ldquo;As I think back on this program, I remember seeing how God came through in so many difficult situations, and watching the kids grow,&rdquo; Lucinda explains. &ldquo;We became a family, a school family. It was great!&rdquo;</p> <p> This program was developed by Carlisle Sutton, director of Community Engagement Integration, in conjunction with Provost Christon Arthur, Alayne Thorpe, dean of School of Graduate Studies/Distance Education &amp; International Partnerships, LaRonda Forsey, principal of Griggs International Academy, and Gabriela Melgar, student coordinator for GIA. Melissa Ponce-Rodas provided support in program evaluation and the Departments of Mathematics, Teaching Learning &amp; Curriculum, and Graduate Psychology &amp; Counseling also assisted.&nbsp;</p> <p> While reflecting on the program and its impact, Sutton said, &ldquo;I believe it is fair to say we have all been changed by the experience. We have seen God create this opportunity to demonstrate His love and support to those needing our help. The program was designed to aid students needing math recovery, but we were blessed to have been able to get to know them.&rdquo;</p> <p> In the end, each student who completed the program passed the course. The success of these students was the result of each instructor&rsquo;s dedicated efforts to creatively implement teaching methods that would help the students grasp the material.</p> <p> One of the students admitted how this program helped him see math in an entirely new way. &ldquo;I saw math as something that I didn&rsquo;t think I would ever use. I was making everything harder than it needed to be. But now, it&rsquo;s easy and I know that I can do it. I would like to thank them for making it possible for me and all of my friends to better ourselves.&rdquo;</p> <p> The success students&nbsp;experienced relied not only on the teachers but also on the continued support of the Griggs administration with the curriculum, academic assessments and accreditation of the program. It also hinged on assistance from the Benton Harbor Area School administration. Ultimately, the program would not have been possible without the many generous gifts from local Adventist churches, Andrews alumni, faculty, staff, administration and friends and the Lake Union Conference. Sutton says, &ldquo;We hope this program will become an annual event, where each year we can continue to expand the range of subjects offered. This will help us to better serve our community.&rdquo;</p> Fri, 07 Sep 2018 14:25:41 +0000 Charlie Albright in Concert <p> On Saturday, Sept. 15, at 8:30 p.m., Charlie Albright will perform at the Howard Performing Arts Center on the campus of Andrews University.</p> <p> Hailed as &ldquo;among the most gifted musicians of his generation&rdquo; by the Washington Post, American pianist/composer/improviser Charlie Albright is the recipient of the prestigious 2014 Avery Fisher Career Grant and 2010 Gilmore Young Artist Award. Albright also won the 2014 Ruhr Klavier Festival Young Artist Award and the 2009 Young Concert Artists International Auditions.</p> <p> Born in Centralia, Washington, Albright began piano lessons at the age of 3. He studied with Nancy Adsit and earned an Associate of Science degree at Centralia College while still in high school. He was the first classical pianist accepted to the Harvard College/New England Conservatory 5-year BA/MM Joint Program, completing a bachelor&rsquo;s degree as a pre-med and economics major at Harvard in 2011, and a Master of Music Degree in piano performance at NEC in 2012 with Wha-Kyung Byun. He graduated with the prestigious Artist Diploma (A.D.) from The Juilliard School in 2014, working with Yoheved Kaplinsky. Mr. Albright is an official Steinway Artist.</p> <p> Albright&rsquo;s debut commercial recording, &ldquo;Vivace,&rdquo; has sold thousands of copies worldwide and the first of a three-part &ldquo;Schubert Series&rdquo; of live, all-Schubert recordings was released in 2017.</p> <p> During his performance, Albright will be playing works by Schubert, Kapustin and Chopin. He will also be doing his famous improvisation, which is what sets him apart from other pianists. With merely four notes requested from the audience, Albright will compose a glorious piece of music that you have never heard and will never hear again. It will be a unique and unforgettable experience.</p> <p> Admission to this event requires tickets, which can be purchased at <a href=""></a>. Ticket prices vary depending on the seat selection, and for Andrews students there is a limit to two tickets per student ID. For additional information, contact the Howard box office at 269-471-3560. For a full season schedule of events at the Howard Performing Arts Center, visit <a href=""></a>.</p> Thu, 06 Sep 2018 16:54:56 +0000 Howard Center Presents: The 2018-2019 Season <p> As Andrews University&rsquo;s Howard Performing Arts Center enters its 15th year of operation, it once again features a variety of artists for the upcoming season. The 2018&ndash;2019 roster includes Charlie Albright, Joyous String Ensemble, Callisto Quartet, Presidio Brass, Chi Yong Yun, Jasmine Murray and David Phelps.<br /> <br /> Hailed as &ldquo;among the most gifted musicians of his generation&rdquo; by the Washington Post, American pianist/composer/improviser Charlie Albright is the recipient of the prestigious 2014 Avery Fisher Career Grant and 2010 Gilmore Young Artist Award. Albright also won the 2014 Ruhr Klavier Festival Young Artist Award and the 2009 Young Concert Artists International Auditions. Born in Centralia, Washington, Albright began piano lessons at the age of 3. He studied with Nancy Adsit and earned an Associate of Science at Centralia College while still in high school. He was the first classical pianist accepted to the Harvard College/New England Conservatory 5-Year BA/MM Joint Program, completing a bachelor&rsquo;s degree as a pre-med and economics major at Harvard in 2011, and a Master of Music in piano performance at NEC in 2012 with Wha-Kyung Byun. He graduated with the prestigious Artist Diploma (A.D.) from The Juilliard School in 2014, working with Yoheved Kaplinsky. Mr. Albright is an official Steinway Artist. Albright&rsquo;s debut commercial recording, &ldquo;Vivace,&rdquo; has sold thousands of copies worldwide and the first of a three-part &ldquo;Schubert Series&rdquo; of live, all-Schubert recordings was released in 2017. Mr. Albright will perform at the Howard Center on Saturday, Sept. 15, at 8:30 p.m.<br /> <br /> One of the world&rsquo;s youngest string orchestras, &ldquo;Joyous String Ensemble&rdquo; will be at the Howard Center on Sunday, Sept. 23, at 7 p.m. They have become an international sensation with major TV appearances on the &ldquo;Ellen Degeneres Show,&rdquo; ABC&rsquo;s &ldquo;Good Morning America,&rdquo; Steve Harvey&rsquo;s &ldquo;Little Big Shots&rdquo; and more. In addition, the group performed at the White House for President Obama. Mixing an eclectic repertoire, the Joyous String Ensemble performs traditional classical music to today&rsquo;s pop hits and mash-ups. Their music is innovatively orchestrated and arranged to give you a unique listening experience. Despite their youthful age, they perform with mature and brilliant musicianship.<br /> <br /> Formed in 2016 at the Cleveland Institute of Music in Cleveland, Ohio, the Callisto Quartet brings together four dedicated and passionate musicians who share a love of chamber music. The quartet won the coveted Grand Prize in the Senior String Division and the Gold Medal in the Senior String Division of the 2018 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, held at&nbsp;the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. They will perform at the Howard Center on Sunday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m.<br /> <br /> Founded primarily as a vehicle for promoting music education, Presidio Brass has become known as a contemporary brass ensemble that combines piano, percussion instruments, guitar and vocals with original arrangements to bring a fresh approach to well-loved music. Through their touring show of Hollywood&rsquo;s greatest hits, Sounds of the Cinema, these five young men present film music with a good dose of wit and humor that together have become hallmarks of every Presidio Brass performance. Their Howard Center performance will take place on Sunday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m.<br /> <br /> Korean American pianist Chi Yong Yun is hailed for her poetic artistry and emotional depth. On Sunday, Jan. 13, at 5 p.m., she will perform masterworks by the great composers, including J.S. Bach, Beethoven and Ravel.<br /> <br /> Jasmine Murray is an independent American singer and beauty pageant titleholder from Starkville, Mississippi. Best known for her powerhouse vocals as a finalist in season eight&nbsp;of &ldquo;American Idol,&rdquo; Jasmine has worked hard to overcome and achieve so much at a young age. Now at 25, Jasmine&rsquo;s experience contributes to the wisdom and poise she carries. She&nbsp;is on a mission to reach people with the message that God has given her, and she is just getting started. She will perform at the Howard Center on Sunday, Jan. 27, at 7 p.m.<br /> <br /> Credited among today&rsquo;s most spectacular voices, David Phelps grew up in a musical&nbsp;family where his natural gift for song was evident from a young age. Today, his seemingly endless vocal range, which extends more than three octaves, coupled with his gift for communicating a song, has brought the house down in the world&rsquo;s most prestigious venues. Before going solo, David served as a member of the popular Gaither Vocal Band for more than 15 years, during which he won many Dove and Grammy Awards and produced multiple&nbsp;platinum-selling recording projects. David is actively living his lifelong passion of&nbsp;traveling around the world to share music, inspiration and good news. His Howard Center performance will take place on Sunday, Feb. 24, at 7 p.m.<br /> <br /> For tickets, information and a complete listing of performances&mdash;including the Sunday Music Series and Andrews University Department of Music concerts&mdash;call the Howard box office at 888-467-6442 or 269-471-3560 or visit</p> Thu, 06 Sep 2018 15:54:11 +0000 Andrews University Receives ACEN Accreditation <p> The Andrews University Department of Nursing has successfully completed Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) processes for all three of its programs.<br /> <br /> The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN pre-licensure) program provides students with a complete spectrum of professional study, as well as a general education in the arts, humanities and sciences. It received eight years of continued accreditation from ACEN, guaranteeing it to be an accredited program until 2026.<br /> <br /> The Registered Nurse&ndash;Bachelor of Science in nursing (RN&ndash;BSN) online completion program allows RNs who already hold an associate&rsquo;s degree to be awarded the BS in nursing. It received ACEN accreditation in spring 2018 with no follow-up reports and is accredited until spring 2026.<br /> <br /> The online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program allows students to move directly from a Bachelor of Science track to DNP studies. The program also allows MSN graduates to obtain their DNP within a reasonable time frame. Its ACEN accreditation was initially given with no follow-up reports in fall 2017. The accreditation is valid until fall 2022.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;ACEN accreditation demonstrates a seal of quality for nursing programs,&rdquo; says Jochebed Bea Ade-Oshifogun, chair of the Department of Nursing. &ldquo;This adds value and quality to Andrews University&rsquo;s School of Health Profession programs. Our pre-licensure BSN and RN&ndash;BSN graduates can pursue graduate programs anywhere in the world. Our BSN and DNP graduates can easily and effectively secure employment after graduation.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> The Department of Nursing&rsquo;s accreditation also ensures that pre-licensure BSN graduates can continue to take licensure examinations, and DNP graduates can take the national board certification examination, as only students from accredited institutions are permitted to sit for national board examinations.<br /> <br /> Ade-Oshifogun says, &ldquo;Our graduates can be proud of their alma mater. We are eternally grateful to God for the success achieved.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) is located at 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia 30326 and can be reached at 404-975-5000.</p> Thu, 06 Sep 2018 15:02:47 +0000 Millionth Download from Digital Commons at Andrews <p> August 29, 2018, marked the millionth download from Digital Commons at Andrews University.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;For the number of documents in the repository, and the size of our university, achieving this milestone in just over three years is remarkable. It says something wonderful about our students and our faculty and the relevance of our scholarly work in the global marketplace,&rdquo; says Terry Robertson, associate dean of libraries and repository librarian at the James White Library.<br /> <br /> Digital Commons (DC) at Andrews University is an innovative institutional repository provided by the University&rsquo;s libraries. Research and creative scholarship included on the website have been selected and deposited by individuals and University departments and centers. DC was launched June 1, 2015, and since that time more than 12,260 pieces have been archived in the collection. Just over 50 percent of the downloads are from student scholarship, and 35 percent are from the six journals available in the DC.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We worked a lot through the provost&rsquo;s office, key faculty members and deans council. From there it expanded until most faculty have gotten excited about this,&rdquo; says Larry Onsager, dean of libraries.<br /> <br /> Digital Commons seeks to provide both the faculty and students of Andrews with a voice in global conversations through their research and creative scholarship. Additionally, it aids in telling the Andrews story through the digital archiving of campus publications, public documents and images. DC also helps share the unique teaching resources of Andrews for the benefit of the global community.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We have a rich heritage of research here, and we&rsquo;re starting to share that heritage around the world in a digital way. We&rsquo;re starting to see our name pop up in some cool places as a result,&rdquo; says Robertson.<br /> <br /> Digital Commons also provides a record of faculty scholarship. This scholarship record is organized by year on a department page and by discipline in an Expert Gallery. Each faculty member with citations has a personal SelectedWorks page featuring their contributions. In addition, the DC allows all its authors to see where in the world their research has been downloaded and what institutions have accessed it.<br /> <br /> Eventually DC would like to have archives of images as a display, particularly archaeological items or images of all the trees since the University is an arboretum.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;In the last 30-day period, visitors from 191 countries downloaded a document from the library website. This is typical and shows a global impact,&rdquo; says Robertson. &ldquo;We can also track downloads to institutions, and it is appreciated how many sister Seventh-day Adventist universities from around the world are discovering and using our content. Ten of the top 20 users are Adventist universities, including representatives from North America, Africa, South America and Australia.&rdquo;</p> Wed, 29 Aug 2018 16:23:39 +0000 Urban Mission & Ministry Congress <p> The first-ever Urban Mission and Ministry Congress (UMMC) will be held September 6&ndash;8, 2018, on the campus of Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan. This unique event features plenary speakers from backgrounds as diverse as pastors, social activists, ministry leaders, politicians, authors and church organizational leaders.<br /> <br /> Speakers include Emanuel Cleaver II, who began his vocational life as a church pastor and now is serving his seventh term representing Missouri&rsquo;s Fifth Congressional District. He is a member of the House Financial Services Committee, the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance, and also a Senior Whip of the Democratic Caucus.<br /> <br /> Noel Castellanos, who served on President Obama's Council for Faith and Neighborhood Partnerships, and is chief executive officer of Christian Community Development in Chicago, will be addressing issues of community service and engagement.<br /> <br /> Erica Ford, founder and CEO of LIFE Camp, Inc. (Love Ignites Freedom Through Education), will lead conversations on urban violence. LIFE Camp provides at-risk inner-city youth in New York valuable tools to stay in school, commit to anti-violence and stay out of the criminal justice system. Erica&rsquo;s dedication to reducing violence has garnered awards by public figures such as former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Reverend Al Sharpton and hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons.<br /> <br /> Richard J. Perry Jr., professor of church and society and urban ministry, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, will speak on matters of the Christian voice in public life. His experience in urban and multicultural ministries was honed as director of inclusive ministries for the North Carolina Synod of the Lutheran Church in America.<br /> <br /> Tim Wise will address issues of racism in America. Wise is among the most prominent anti-racist writers and educators in the United States. He has trained corporate, government, entertainment, media, law enforcement, military and medical industry professionals on methods for dismantling racism in their institutions. Wise has been featured in several documentaries, including the 2013 Media Education Foundation release &ldquo;White Like Me: Race, Racism and White Privilege in America.&rdquo; Wise appears regularly on CNN and MSNBC to discuss race issues and was featured in a 2007 segment on 20/20.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The city is not the culture that gave birth to evangelical Christianity from which American evangelical faith developed,&rdquo; says Skip Bell, chair of the event steering committee and professor of church leadership in the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University. &ldquo;Christianity as we experience it today was deeply formed by the culture of the small rural town, identifying with the worldviews formed in the culture of those areas. The city is different.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The reality is that there are millions in cities, especially in western cultures, who have no belief that God is attempting to communicate with us or that we can look in scripture to know truth,&rdquo; says Bell. &ldquo;There are many, many people who simply do not believe in God at all. That&rsquo;s why we need to re-set and re-frame our service. We must re-set and re-frame the vision for what it means to be a Christian carrying the gospel of Jesus in the city.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> For details and to register, visit <a href=""></a>.<br /> <br /> UMMC on Facebook: <a href=""></a><br /> UMMC on Twitter: @UMMCongress<br /> UMMC on Instagram: @ummcongress</p> Wed, 29 Aug 2018 15:48:12 +0000