Andrews University Agenda News and Events at Andrews University en-us Copyright 2017, Andrews University Sat, 18 Nov 2017 14:19:00 -0000 Sat, 18 Nov 2017 14:19:00 -0000 New Hybrid MDiv Offered <p> The Andrews University Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary has released a new hybrid Master of Divinity (MDiv) course delivery option. The hybrid MDiv makes the degree more accessible to students by allowing them to earn up to 50 percent of their required credits off-campus.</p> <p> Previously, MDiv students were required to spend two to three years on campus to com-plete their program. Now, with the hybrid MDiv course delivery option, students can decrease their residency time by up to 50 percent by utilizing online courses, intensive courses taught on-campus, and the Master of Pastoral Ministry courses offered in various unions. The remaining required credits can be earned on-campus through intensives and full semester courses.</p> <p> &ldquo;The hybrid MDiv is an exciting new opportunity,&rdquo; said Fernando Ortiz, MDiv program director. &ldquo;It allows busy professionals who are eager to start their Master of Divinity, but cannot immediately transition to the Seminary, to begin their program from home. In addition, on-campus students who need to return to their conferences sooner than expected can complete their degree remotely. It opens up a world of options for students, pastors and conference administrators.&rdquo;</p> <p> To learn more about the hybrid MDiv or to enroll in the program, email <a href=""></a> or visit <a href=""></a>.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Wed, 15 Nov 2017 17:13:51 +0000 Adventist Online Learning Conference at Andrews <p> On Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017, Andrews University seemed to pulse as the sounds of new voices and bustling people flowed throughout its campus. Hosted by the <a href="">Andrews University School of Distance Education &amp; International Partnerships</a>, <a href="">Griggs International Academy</a> and <a href="">Montemorelos University</a>, the <a href="">Adventist Online Learning Conference</a> began.</p> <p> According to Janine Lim, associate dean for online higher education at Andrews University, this international conference was &ldquo;the first with this name,&rdquo; although it was not the first conference on online learning organized for Adventists. The conference, whose forerunners included the Adventist Virtual Learning Network conferences (1999&ndash;2006), followed the October General Conference meetings. The objective of this conference was to create a space to explore and discuss current trends and best practices in online education. Participants shared ideas and projects that enable the best use of the online environment, aligning technology to needs of the Adventist church in its mission and defining ways to collaborate and share effective practices.</p> <p> Education leaders and teachers from all levels gathered from around the world to grow their knowledge and expand their skillset in the realm of online education and learning.</p> <p> Each morning of the conference began with a provided breakfast and brief worship. Afterward there were keynote presentations by individuals such as Larry Blackmer, vice president for education for the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists, Darcy Hardy, associate vice president for Enterprise Consulting at Blackboard Inc., and Ismael Castillo, a professor at Universidad de Montemorelos. These presentations addressed a variety of topics, ranging from the philosophy of Adventist education to particular online courses of interest, such as pastoral recertification or ministry outreach. Some of these keynotes were presented in both English and Spanish, and even streamed on Facebook in order to reach a broader audience across the globe.</p> <p> Keynotes were followed by breakout sessions, which fostered communication and exchange of ideas regarding the topics presented. Networking breakfasts and dinners were also provided to build on this goal of sharing resources and exploring areas of opportunity for fulfilling the mission of online education in the context of the Adventist church.</p> <p> Following the conference, individuals expressed a series of positive viewpoints regarding their newfound skillsets. Daryl Gungadoo, a keynote speaker at the conference and broadcast engineer at Adventist World Radio, stated that the conference was &ldquo;an awesome place to exchange ideas on innovation in education!&rdquo; Heather Fletcher, a nursing educator at Northern Caribbean University who tuned in via the Facebook streamed keynotes, stated that it was &ldquo;great to be watching and learning of the many online ALC resources.&rdquo;</p> <p> According to Lim, &ldquo;Technology provides opportunities for extending the reach of Adventist education in a variety of ways. Educators networking and learning from each other is what the conference is all about.&rdquo; The Adventist Online Learning Conference website (<a href=""></a>) proclaimed that, &ldquo;online education makes it possible to expand the reach of the Adventist educational system into the homes and workplaces of Adventists unable to attend a residential campus,&rdquo; and with its diverse cast of keynote speakers, breakout sessions and presentations from a variety of qualified individuals, this conference succeeded in doing just that.</p> <p> For those of us who could not attend this conference, there are still ways to get involved and learn and support the growth of the church and education in the online sphere. For instance, some of the keynote presentations have been posted on the <a href="">Adventist Online Learning Conference Facebook page</a> for public viewing. Many of the conference proceedings are also available, including a <a href="">detailed program and handouts</a>.</p> Thu, 09 Nov 2017 16:33:54 +0000 Faith of Our Fathers <p> On Friday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m., voice students of the Andrews University Department of Music will host a vocal recital vespers in the Howard Performing Arts Center.</p> <p> The program will journey through hymn arrangements and settings of African-American spirituals and will feature familiar favorites such as &ldquo;Deep River,&rdquo; &ldquo;Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah,&rdquo; &ldquo;Steal Away,&rdquo; &ldquo;Children of the Heavenly Father,&rdquo; &ldquo;Give Me Jesus,&rdquo; &ldquo;Be Thou My Vision,&rdquo; &ldquo;Jesus Paid It All,&rdquo; &ldquo;This Little Light of Mine&rdquo; and &ldquo;The Old Rugged Cross.&rdquo; Selections include arrangements by Ovid Young, Craig Courtney, Eric Thiman, Robert A. Reid, Moses Hogan, Harry T. Burleigh and Mark Hayes.</p> <p> No tickets are required for this event. 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="" target="_blank"></a>.</p> Thu, 09 Nov 2017 14:36:21 +0000 Honors Church <p> On Saturday, Oct. 21, the J.N. Andrews Honor Program held their annual Honors Church at the Howard Performing Arts Center on the Andrews University campus. In commemoration of Luther&rsquo;s reformation and nailing of the 95 Theses in 1517, the whole program was structured around selections of Luther&rsquo;s early writings from 1517&ndash;1520. These selections, along with the praise music, scripture readings and the choral and orchestral performances all served to highlight critical components of Luther&rsquo;s reaction to Catholicism, call for reformation, and his theology of grace.</p> <p> &ldquo;As a movement that began on a university campus and harnessed the newly developed power of the printing press, Luther&rsquo;s reformation instantiates the fruitful intersection possible between faith and rigorous learning&mdash;an inter-connectivity that remains central to our own values at Andrews University as members of the J.N. Andrews Honors Program,&rdquo; describes L. Monique Pittman, Honors director and professor of English.</p> <p> Following a beautifully student-led song service, Pittman started the program with an introduction. She called the audience to use this as an opportunity to think about Luther&rsquo;s writings, teachings and theology. Although admitting some of his faults, she explains how they ought to be a &ldquo;reminder to be aware of our own blindness and limitations as imperfect vessels.&rdquo; The goal of the program is to not be caught up in Luther&rsquo;s &ldquo;time-bound perspective&rdquo; but rather look at his writings as a way of asking ourselves, &ldquo;Where are we not living up to God&rsquo;s example of love?&rdquo; and &ldquo;How can we, in humility, submit ourselves to our heavenly parents?&rdquo;</p> <p> The program continued in three separate parts entitled Part 1: Protest Begins&mdash;The Problem of Indulgences, Part 2: Grace Alone and Christian Freedom and Part 3: Ethical Living and the Holy Community. Throughout these sections there were scripture readings first in English and then followed by another language. The other languages presented were Romanian, Russian and Mandarin. There was also a partial reading of the 95 Theses in which various students stood throughout the audience to read, creatively showing how Luther&rsquo;s theses began a reformation that encompassed multiple voices.</p> <p> Honors choir and orchestra added an additional element of beauty to the whole program. The choir performed an introit right after the praise service in which they sang from the back balcony in the Howard Performing Arts Center. There were two special music pieces, one from four select members of the honors orchestra, and another with the honors choir, orchestra, piano and cajon. Both musical pieces captured the themes of Luther&rsquo;s theology and drew the audience to see the beauty of God&rsquo;s love and surrendering one&rsquo;s life to Him.</p> <p> Following the second special music piece, Davide Sciarabba, assistant professor of religion, delivered the homily. He used the writings of Luther and Ellen White to present a compelling description of what faith truly is. Throughout his talk he emphasized that, in order to be holistic, faith is a &ldquo;living, creative, active, powerful thing.&rdquo; He also focused on the four different components of faith: cognitive, volitional, trust and active. Furthermore, he shared how for him personally, &ldquo;faith is a witness to my ethics&rdquo; and a &ldquo;committed answer to God&rsquo;s offer of salvation in my life.&rdquo; Ultimately, he called the audience to develop a genuine understanding of faith and actively exemplify it throughout their lives.</p> <p> Overall, the goal of the Honors program is to develop &ldquo;critical thinking young scholars and professionals, ethically active participants in community and intentional believers in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.&rdquo;</p> <p> Pittman explains how Honors Church generally brings over 60 volunteers and &ldquo;allows us to work together as a learning and faith community in service to the large Andrews and Berrien Springs population and to develop those three target attributes of the Honors Scholar Family.&rdquo;</p> <p> Following the program there were drinks and refreshments served in the Howard Center&rsquo;s lobby. To learn more about the J.N. Honors Program and/or Honors Church call 269-471-3297 or email <a href=""></a>. To visit the Honor&rsquo;s website, click <a href="">here</a>.</p> Wed, 08 Nov 2017 17:54:28 +0000 Parents Pray for Andrews Students <p> This past summer, as Andrews University students finalized plans for the school year, a few parents began to interact for a very important purpose&mdash;praying for their children&rsquo;s experience at Andrews.</p> <p> Shirlean Seawood, who has two freshman attending Andrews, says, &ldquo;Different parents here and there heard of other parents who had a child going to Andrews. The parents started communicating, started texting...they were really excited to connect.&rdquo;</p> <p> Parents of current Andrews students made themselves available to parents of incoming students and answered questions ranging from what stores are in the Andrews area to what is essential for a residence hall room. The parent group grew from two to six, and plans developed for the parents to pray together for their students throughout the school year. When the fall semester started, the parent group, now expanded to 14 members, met in person for the first time and prayed together with June Price, University chaplain.</p> <p> Shirlean volunteered to coordinate the group and considered the best way to facilitate continued parent conversations. She created a website for the shared texts, emails, pictures and videos, and she arranged for a monthly prayer conference call.</p> <p> The first prayer call took place on October 8, 2017, and 30 parents joined the call. The conference calls will continue the first Sunday of each month at 12 p.m. EST. Ten minutes are spent on welcome and announcements, and ten minutes are devoted to sharing prayer requests. The last ten minutes are spent in prayer for students, families and the University. Text message reminders also present names of specific students who are on the daily prayer list.</p> <p> Casandra Slade, who has a freshman at Andrews, says, &ldquo;Knowing that a broader &lsquo;village&rsquo; is praying for my daughter is so comforting. The group has been very supportive by sharing experiences that have guided me in providing impactful support to my daughter. My daughter has been covered in prayer, and when I ask her if she has prayer requests for the group, she provides requests because she takes comfort in her prayer requests being prayed over.&rdquo;</p> <p> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s just encouraging,&rdquo; says Shirlean, &ldquo;to know there are other people in the same boat who have the same issues and concerns and worries. Even though you&rsquo;re going to pray for your child regardless, you have other people praying for your child, as well. It&rsquo;s pretty powerful.&rdquo;</p> <p> Casandra adds, &ldquo;When we were able to meet up with other parents during Orientation, that was also a blessing. Chaplain Price invited us into her office and prayed over the students. My brother-in-law, who is not an Adventist, was very impressed by that experience. He and my sister had joined us that weekend to get my daughter settled. He still mentions that he had never heard of a group of praying parents like that before or that a college would support and promote such a group. What a powerful witness this group has been, is and will be!&rdquo;</p> <p> All parents and guardians of Andrews University students are welcome to join the Andrews University Parent&rsquo;s Group. For more information, visit <a href=""></a>.</p> Wed, 08 Nov 2017 17:44:43 +0000 Certified Healthy Departments <p> On Wednesday, Nov. 15, the first three Certified Healthy Departments (CHDs) will be recognized and rewarded during the Wellness Ambassador Rally. The three areas are the School of Health Professions (the first to achieve the status), Department of Digital Learning &amp; Instructional Technology and Lamson Hall.</p> <p> The goal of the CHD initiative is to continue promoting University-wide health and wellness in hopes of transforming Andrews University into a campus known for wellness. Three aspects of the health and wellness program are essential to CHD certification: Fitthumb, the Wellness Menu and Wellness Ambassadors.</p> <p> Fitthumb is the interactive e-wellness platform for Andrews employees and their spouses. It provides many different opportunities for employees to become meaningfully engaged with their personal and institutional health through customized wellness opportunities in the form of educational opportunities, events, classes, challenges and online articles.</p> <p> Further promoting this campus-wide initiative toward health and wellness is the Wellness Menu, the list of on-campus wellness opportunities available to students, employees and the local community. It includes classes and walking groups and can be found at <a href=""></a>.</p> <p> Both the Wellness Menu and Fitthumb are tools that Wellness Ambassadors use in their contribution to the development of CHDs. Each ambassador represents the Andrews University Health and Wellness initiatives by participating in campus-wide health events, inviting others to participate in and attend programs and events, taking a Wellness Pledge and exemplifying a healthy and fit lifestyle.</p> <p> Additionally, departments are integral to this process as they are unique spaces where staff, faculty, students and colleagues interact in meaningful and healthy ways. To qualify as a CHD, departments must fill out an application showing they have met certain criteria. Some of the criteria includes having at least one Wellness Ambassador, visibly promoting the Wellness Menu, having a certain percentage of employees active in Fitthumb, offering a departmental Fitbreak and having a certain percentage of employees complete a Full Body Scan. To view the complete list of criteria for the 2017&ndash;2018 school year and access the application, visit <a href=""></a>.</p> <p> Dominique Gummelt, director of University Health &amp; Wellness, says, &ldquo;Certified Healthy Departments (CHDs) is a new initiative as part of our goal to become the healthiest university. It provides an opportunity for departments to be more autonomous and take charge of making positive healthy changes for their employees and students. It is a challenge for our faculty, staff and students to translate theory into practice, and the list of criteria reflects that. The president, Andrea Luxton, is in full support of this new initiative, and it is the vision of University Health &amp; Wellness to certify 10 departments by the end of this school year. I am thrilled to have three departments already step up and do what is necessary to make positive policy and procedure changes!&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p> Other departments are in the process of applying and have until January 2018 to obtain recognition for the 2017&ndash;2018 year. Once achieved, a recertification process will be implemented for the following school year, and other departments can continue to apply for the first time.</p> <p> To learn more about the Certified Healthy Department initiative and the University&rsquo;s overall goals for health and wellness visit <a href=""></a>. To contact University Health &amp; Wellness, email <a href=""></a>or call 269-471-6165.</p> Wed, 08 Nov 2017 16:52:24 +0000 Anthem Lights Concert <p> On Sunday, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m., Anthem Lights will perform at the Howard Performing Arts Center on the Andrews University campus. Anthem Lights is an American Christian group originating from Nashville, Tennessee. The group consists of four gifted vocalists and talented songwriters: Chad Graham, Spencer Kane, Caleb Grimm and Joseph Stamper. Their collaboration of pop and religious music gives them an edgy style of their own that is effectively making them a favorite among young people.</p> <p> The members of Anthem Lights are innovative, full of energy, and ministry-minded. The meaning behind their name asserts that although there is darkness in this life, light will win in the end. Anthem Lights wants to be a channel for that light to reach those who need it and to remind listeners that their lives have purpose and meaning in Christ.</p> <p> This performance is sponsored by the Andrews University Student Association and the Division of Campus &amp; Student Life. Tickets can be purchased online prior to the event. Student tickets are $15, and there is a limit of two tickets per Andrews University student ID. To purchase tickets, visit <a href=""></a> 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> <p> &nbsp;</p> Wed, 08 Nov 2017 16:40:45 +0000 Symphony Orchestra Fall Concert <p> On Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, at 8 p.m., the Andrews University Symphony Orchestra will perform in the Howard Performing Arts Center on the campus of Andrews University. The concert will feature music from the Romantic Period.</p> <p> Violinist Carla Trynchuk will perform &ldquo;The Scottish Fantasy,&rdquo; a charming solo piece for violin and orchestra. The piece was composed by Max Bruch and inspired by Folk tunes from Scotland. The orchestra will also perform Robert Schumann&rsquo;s enigmatic Symphony No. 3, &ldquo;Rhenish.&rdquo;</p> <p> Trynchuk has performed as a soloist with orchestras across North America and Europe, including the Calgary Philharmonic in Canada as well as the Banatul and Iasi Philharmonic Orchestras. She graduated from the Julliard School and is currently a professor of music and director of the string program at Andrews University where she was the recipient of the 2000 Faculty Award for Excellence in Research &amp; Creative Activity and the Siegfried H. Horn Excellence in Research &amp; Creative Scholarship Award (Arts, Humanities &amp; Education) in 2015.</p> <p> Conducted by Claudio Gonzalez, professor of music, the symphony orchestra is the core ensemble program at Andrews University. In addition to their current series at the Howard Performing Arts Center, the orchestra travels within the Great Lakes region as well as internationally. Since 2006, the orchestra has performed in Italy, Austria, Germany, France, the Philippines and Costa Rica.</p> <p> Tickets are required for this event. Tickets for students and seniors over age 65 are $4. General tickets are $6. There is a ticket limit of two tickets per Andrews University student ID. To purchase tickets online visit <a href=""></a>. 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>.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Wed, 08 Nov 2017 16:05:39 +0000