Andrews University Agenda http://www.andrews.edu/agenda/ News and Events at Andrews University en-us Copyright 2018, Andrews University Tue, 16 Jan 2018 08:23:00 -0000 Tue, 16 Jan 2018 08:23:00 -0000 webmaster@andrews.edu webmaster@andrews.edu Seminary Releases Revised MDiv Program http://www.andrews.edu/agenda/48178 <p> The Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary of Andrews University has revised the Master of Divinity (MDiv) program, providing a sharper focus to the degree with fewer credit hours required. The 78-credit program starts in fall 2018 and is designed to be completed in as little as two years by students with an undergraduate degree in theology. Students with degrees in other disciplines will follow a three-year plan to complete their MDiv.</p> <p> The previous 92-credit program took three years for the average student with a theology undergraduate degree to complete. The revised MDiv allows the same students to finish the program in less time if they have fulfilled all prerequisite courses and can demonstrate intermediate-level proficiency in biblical languages.</p> <p> &ldquo;I&rsquo;m thrilled about our newly revised MDiv,&rdquo; said Ji&rcaron;&iacute; Moskala, Seminary dean. &ldquo;It brings together the best in scholarship and praxis to provide a stellar biblical, theological, historical and missiological framework for our students&rsquo; future ministry. Evangelism combined with a profound knowledge of the Bible and pastoral care is the first priority in our coursework.&rdquo;</p> <p> The revisions to the MDiv were shaped by extensive consultation with North American Division (NAD) advisory groups, faculty committees, administrators, students and accreditation standards with the purpose of providing an enhanced degree.</p> <p> &ldquo;The revised MDiv is shorter, deeper and stronger,&rdquo; said Fernando Ortiz, MDiv program director. &ldquo;Students can now fulfill their educational goals more quickly without compromising the quality of the program.&rdquo;</p> <p> One key aspect of the credit reductions has involved working with undergraduate schools in a Curriculum Collaboration set up by the NAD. This collaboration reviewed the learning needed by a pastor to determine which should be studied at the MDiv level and which should be prerequisites or part of students&rsquo; post-seminary internship training. Students who have degrees in disciplines other than theology and sense a call from God to deepen their preparation for ministry will take prerequisite courses at the beginning of their MDiv program. These essential courses will establish a solid theological and practical foundation on which their MDiv studies can be built to prepare them for excellence in ministry.</p> <p> Revisions to the MDiv program included dividing selected classes such as Issues in Daniel and Revelation into two courses in order to provide students with greater depth of study and strengthen their Adventist identity. Other courses that shared similar subject matter were combined. Theological and preaching courses were diversified to equip students to meet the needs of an increasingly complex world.</p> <p> &ldquo;Congregational pastors, chaplains and youth pastors will be equipped to closely collaborate with our church schools, making the schools a center for their evangelistic and community activities,&rdquo; said Moskala.</p> <p> Attention to the Adventist health message was also a significant factor that shaped the MDiv revisions.</p> <p> &ldquo;We are particularly excited about our new health and wellness course that will be taken by all MDiv students,&rdquo; said Teresa Reeve, associate dean. &ldquo;Students will receive training in personal fitness and learn to bring the health message to their churches and communities.&rdquo;</p> <p> To allow time for exercise, spiritual life and work, along with the demands of classwork and ministry practice, the maximum number of credits allowed per semester for MDiv students has been reduced from 16 to 14 credits. This adjustment will not only prevent academic burnout but also sets a pattern for healthy, balanced living to maximize students&rsquo; effectiveness in their future ministry.</p> <p> Concentrations in Chaplaincy and in Youth and Young Adult Ministry are offered in the revised MDiv program. In addition, a new dual degree, the MDiv/Master of Science in Community and International Development, has been added to the already-established MDiv dual degrees (MDiv/Public Health, MDiv/Communication and MDiv/Social Work). These concentrations and dual-degree programs allow students to gain advanced understanding and competency in areas of interest in order to more skillfully address the needs of today&rsquo;s world.</p> <p> To learn more about the MDiv or to enroll in the program, email <a href="mailto:mdiv@andrews.edu">mdiv@andrews.edu</a> or visit <a href="http://andrews.edu/mdiv">andrews.edu/mdiv</a>.</p> Sun, 14 Jan 2018 10:14:57 +0000 Shovel Ceremony for Wellness Center, March 5, 2018 http://www.andrews.edu/agenda/48366 <p> A date for the official shovel ceremony for the Health &amp; Wellness Center has been set for Monday, March 5, 2018, at 5 p.m. onsite. Further details will be forthcoming.</p> <p> The parking lot is almost completed and is already being used as overflow for PMC services. Currently, lighting is waiting approval,&nbsp;75 percent of the storm sewer has been installed and rerouting of the water lines has been done.</p> <p> Construction will resume in March unless there is an earlier thaw.</p> <p> After this spring&rsquo;s groundbreaking, when construction of the center begins, a web camera will be installed to provide everyone with a live look as the center takes shape.</p> <p> You can follow news and events about the Health &amp; Wellness Center at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.andrews.edu/wellnesscenter">andrews.edu/wellnesscenter</a>.</p> Wed, 10 Jan 2018 16:46:00 +0000 The Power of Encouraging Conversation http://www.andrews.edu/agenda/48179 <p> Students, faculty and staff filed into Chan Shun Hall on a brisk Saturday evening to engage in Free Intelligent Conversation (FreeIC). Presented by the Office of Diversity &amp; Inclusion and the Institutional Diversity &amp; Inclusion Action Council, this event encouraged dialogue and interpersonal growth between individuals of different backgrounds.</p> <p> Co-curricular credit was provided and the program began promptly at 6:30 p.m. on November 18. After participants engaged in some conversation warmups, Clifford Allen, a recruiting coordinator for International Business Machines (IBM), moderated a panel on discussing challenging topics. The panelists were Andrews University Student Association (AUSA) president Jessica Yoong (senior, business), Andrews University Graduate Student Association (AUGSA) president Mark Reid (Master of Divinity, third year) and Andrews University staff/faculty members: Jos&eacute; Bourget, associate chaplain, Krista Cooper, assistant professor of social work, and Marcella Myers, associate professor of political science.</p> <p> Founded and directed by Andrews University alumnus Kyle Emile (BS &rsquo;14), Free Intelligent Conversation is a non-profit organization started with one goal: to encourage conversation. According to the official FreeIC website, &ldquo;The movement has spread beyond Chicago&mdash;we&rsquo;ve made it into 15 major U.S. cities and have even stretched internationally into Canada and Italy.&rdquo;</p> <p> Reid said, &ldquo;I had heard about FreeIC in Chicago, but I was never able to attend. Having FreeIC on campus was a great opportunity to have conversation with individuals I normally wouldn&rsquo;t. I appreciate VP Nixon and his office for organizing this event. It highlighted the need for conversation. We are all different with different experiences and different opinions and different rationales, and the only way to experience all of that is through conversation.&rdquo;</p> <p> The organization sets out to accomplish three objectives: celebrate each other&rsquo;s differences, create places where you can talk about anything and encourage meaningful face-to-face conversation. The questions posed by the moderator aligned with these objectives.</p> <p> During the discussion, panelists were given the opportunity to answer these guided questions. Audience members recounted their favorite questions and topics that surfaced during the discussion.</p> <p> Autumn Goodman (sophomore, photography) said, &ldquo;One of the questions they asked at the FreeIC event was, &lsquo;If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be and why?&rsquo; They also talked about safe spaces and the purpose of creating them as well as the conflict that comes with having safe spaces for people to discuss issues but not having safe people in the safe spaces.&rdquo;</p> <p> While the questions certainly touched on important topics, individuals felt they were also relatable, which resulted in responses from people with varying backgrounds and experiences.</p> <p> Crystal-Anne Tan (sophomore, documentary film) said, &ldquo;The Free Intelligent Conversation event was a really positive experience. I think a lot of the questions asked could definitely be applied to everyday conversations with your peers just to get different perspectives.&rdquo;</p> <p> The moderator led the audience in breakout sessions before and after the panel discussion. During these sessions, audience members formed into groups of 4&ndash;5 and participated in conversation prompted by FreeIC question cards. Attendees resonated with the importance of group discussion and expressed the need for Andrews University to continue these events.</p> <p> Theard Pierre (freshman, theology) said, &ldquo;I enjoyed the FreeIC&rsquo;s groups of different people talking about things we usually never get a chance to speak on. You not only got to hear the thoughts of others but also connect with people you&rsquo;d never think you would or had the opportunity to speak to. Andrews should absolutely make more events like this. We need more intelligent conversations because the minds of the student body work and think differently!&rdquo;</p> Wed, 13 Dec 2017 20:21:58 +0000 Rankings and Enrollment Report http://www.andrews.edu/agenda/48177 <p> As another school year began with fall semester studies on the Berrien Springs campus, at partner locations around the world, and with individual distance education students, Andrews University took the measure of its progress, success and challenges through a variety of internal and external measures and statistics.</p> <p> <strong>Rankings</strong><br /> In addition to fall semester and year-round accounting of students, the fall season is also a time when a wide array of school rankings is released, ranging from those that measure specific disciplines to the more well-known rankings, such as U.S. News Best Colleges, Wall Street Journal/Time Higher Education College Rankings, College Factual (in collaboration with USA Today) and others.</p> <p> In the perhaps best-known ranking system, U.S. News Best Colleges, Andrews University moved into the number one position in campus ethnic diversity among national universities (tied with University of Nevada, Las Vegas and Rutgers University-Newark). That ranking has changed dramatically for the University, with Andrews ranking in the Top 20 in this category within the last decade. The University also tied for 10th in number of international students.</p> <p> &ldquo;At a time when cultural, global and ethnic diversity are increasingly important for students who are global citizens, this is an especially significant achievement for the University,&rdquo; says Michael Nixon, vice president for diversity &amp; inclusion.</p> <p> Overall, the University ranked as #192 out of 311 national universities; U.S. News rankings review 3,000 universities and colleges overall. It is the only Seventh-day Adventist college or university ranked as a national university. The university was again listed as A+ Colleges for B Students. The university&rsquo;s undergraduate engineering program was also recognized in the overall rankings, as were its online programs for MBA and graduate education.</p> <p> Among the other recognized players in annual rankings are the following:</p> <ul> <li> Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education includes 1,000 institutions on its list (about 20 percent of the overall total). Andrews University ranks at #335 on that list, or in the top third of institutions overall.</li> <li> Forbes America's Top Colleges includes 15 percent of American universities and colleges on its list, and Andrews University is ranked #545. It is also included in the best Midwest colleges and best research universities lists.</li> <li> College Factual, which publishes its annual rankings with USA Today, focuses in particular on the financial value of education. In these rankings, Andrews University was in the top 10 percent for financial value (for both domestic and international students) and in the top 5 percent for overall and ethnic diversity.</li> </ul> <p> <strong>Enrollment</strong><br /> The number that is often the most familiar way to measure enrollment is through fall census numbers, which offer a snapshot of students who enroll at (or through) our Berrien Springs campus. For fall 2017, that census showed that there were 3,348 students overall. Those enrollment figures include 1,704 students enrolled as undergraduates and 1,644 graduate students. Overall, full-time equivalents and credit hours are up three percent compared to last year.</p> <p> In terms of new student enrollment, there was an overall increase of new undergraduate and graduate students. In particular, the number of first-time graduate students increased by more than 90 students to 334 new graduate students for fall 2017. On the other hand, first-time freshmen, new Master of Divinity and undergraduate transfer students decreased 47 students overall, with fall 2017 new freshman enrollment of 281, undergraduate transfer enrollment of 122 and new Master of Divinity student enrollment of 121.</p> <p> Additionally, non-United States extension sites or off-site programs add 103 more students, bringing the overall fall semester headcount to 3,451.</p> <p> For an overall measurement of student enrollment levels, Andrews has begun to calculate its enrollment on an annual basis by measuring its unduplicated headcount.&nbsp;</p> <p> That most recent assessment of this overall enrollment (June 2016&ndash;June 2017) showed there were 4,567 different students who enrolled for undergraduate or graduate programs through the University&rsquo;s Berrien Springs campus at some point during the year. The University&rsquo;s current 2017&ndash;2022 Strategic Plan calls for an unduplicated headcount of 5,000 students, an increase of more than 400 students.</p> <p> An additional 656 different students enrolled in international off-campus programs during the last year, and 2,256 different students studied through the School of Education professional development distance offerings.&nbsp;</p> <p> In other words, during the 2016&ndash;2017 school year, there were 7,479 different students overall who studied part- or full-time through the University&rsquo;s various on- and off-campus educational options.</p> <p> &ldquo;Our enrollment patterns reflect an exciting and increasingly rich diversity of where, how and even when students choose to study with Andrews University,&rdquo; says Andrea Luxton, president. &ldquo;For example, nearly 200 students&mdash;compared to just 30 a few years ago&mdash;are beginning their university studies with Andrews University online courses while they are still high school juniors and seniors. In addition to that, international partnerships bring hundreds of students to our campus for one-semester or one-year exchange study programs, or these students choose to study in Andrews courses and programs at nearly 60 different partner programs around the world. These international students are increasingly choosing creative Andrews University study options, even though they may not ever be able to otherwise study with us as full-time students on our Berrien Springs campus.&rdquo;</p> Wed, 13 Dec 2017 19:13:54 +0000 Board Report: October 2017 http://www.andrews.edu/agenda/48176 <p> <em>On Monday, Oct. 23, President Andrea Luxton and Provost Christon Arthur hosted a board briefing to summarize, for the campus community, information and actions from the Andrews University Board of Trustees meetings held October 20&ndash;23, 2017, on the University campus.</em></p> <p> <em>Luxton noted, &ldquo;I think it&rsquo;s encouraging to know that we have a board that is very engaged, is very supportive of Andrews University and really wrestles with us with issues to move the University forward. It&rsquo;s by no means a &lsquo;them and us&rsquo; situation. It really is all of us together.&rdquo;</em></p> <p> <em>The following are highlights from the board&rsquo;s full session.</em></p> <p> Consent items&mdash;including faculty/staff/administrative appointments,* the annual diversity report, and an Upton Foundation grant submission request for the Wellness Center&mdash;were voted through by the board.</p> <p> Arthur reported on key performance indicators: student exit reports and statistics on enrollment and retention. All indicators were very strong except for those relating to some areas of enrollment, most of which are now beginning to turn positively.</p> <p> Duane McBride, professor of sociology, who chairs a group tasked with creating a University framework for free speech and civility, summarized the campus conversation on the topic.</p> <p> The Audit Committee had a clean audit. The auditors shared only positive comments related to how the University finances are run. There was also an appointment/reappointment of an auditor.</p> <p> The operations and finance report detailed the September 30, 2017, financial statement. Currently, the University is in line with both income and expenses. This year should result in a positive outcome, ending with a $2&ndash;$3 million improvement from last year. Next year the budget will make an additional $2 million adjustment in order to align the University&rsquo;s budget with its voted financial goals.</p> <p> For 2019 there are indicators of new revenue, though the University is budgeting the same student numbers as the current year. Tuition and fees will increase by 3 percent, but there will be no increase in room and board. Church subsidies from the NAD and Lake Union will increase slightly. The goal is to keep discounts at the same dollar amount as this year. Compensation will increase by 2 percent, and benefits will increase by $300,000. Academic expenses will decrease by $1 million. This will leave a net of $3.5 million, which meets budget goals.</p> <p> The Board approved a budget of $17.5 million for the Wellness Center. Currently, $17 million has been raised, and the University will extend its line of credit to fill the gap between pledges coming in and the construction of the Wellness Center.</p> <p> A number of local churches have talked to Andrews about the potential to purchase or lease land on the edges of University property. The board approved an agreement with the Berrien Springs Spanish Church, which will purchase up to five acres of land near the apartments.</p> <p> The governance report approved committee terms of reference and appointed one new board member, Joshue Pierre, associate general counsel for the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.</p> <p> The Student Experience &amp; Faith Development Committee looked at Student Life policies and frameworks. Andrews University seeks to provide care and nurture to all students. With this in mind, a framework document that responds to the care of LGBT students on campus, and how the University can continue the pathway of support within the context of the guidelines of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, was developed (see andrews.edu for the complete statement).</p> <p> As Don Livesay has retired, Maurice Valentine, Lake Union Conference president, was elected as the new vice chair of the board.</p> <p> At the briefing, Arthur also summarized the Program Improvement &amp; Prioritization process carried out by a committee comprised of academic deans and faculty senators. The process had input from the academic Deans Council, departmental chairs, Faculty Senate, Cabinet, University Strategy &amp; Planning Committee and the general faculty. He said, &ldquo;We engaged in two different conversations over the last year and a half or two years. One aspect dealt with program review&mdash;how we organize our institution, looking at the programs we offer. The second dealt with conversations that we had beginning in the last few months about how to imagine the future of Andrews. One part of the conversation deals with making sure that we are efficient in what we do. The other part of the conversation says, &lsquo;Well, what&rsquo;s next? How do we make sure we remain on the cutting edge and are attuned to the landscape of higher education?&rsquo;&rdquo;</p> <p> Out of this review, several initiatives were formulated to strengthen academics and grow enrollment. They included a redesign of the general education (Andrews Core Experience&mdash;ACE) curriculum, an improved first-year experience, an irresistible culture of service, a strategic marketing campaign and a strategic recruiting campaign.</p> <p> For the 2018&ndash;2019 academic year, a goal has been set to increase the new undergraduate student population through targeted marketing. There will also be some restructuring of schools, programs and degrees to minimize duplication of efforts. Exact details of what that will mean will be worked out over the next few months.</p> <p> Arthur said, &ldquo;Part of what we are doing for this program review is to create space and infrastructure for growth. We have to be efficient but also think of the changes in the higher education landscape and how to respond to them as we envision the future of Andrews.&rdquo;</p> <p> <em>*Faculty/Staff/Administrative Appointments</em></p> <p> <strong>New Hires: Staff</strong></p> <ul> <li> Andrew Dormus, associate dean, Meier Hall</li> <li> Jeffrey Easton, systems administrator, Information Technology Services</li> <li> Jasmine Griggs, contact center specialist, Information Technology Services</li> <li> Edith Guifarro, graduate admissions coordinator, Office of Graduate Enrollment</li> <li> Cassandra Heslop, transfer enrollment coordinator, Enrollment Services</li> <li> Gina Lascon, University archivist, Center for Adventist Research</li> <li> Marissa Louis-Jeune, executive assistant to provost, Office of the Provost</li> <li> Ana Lizardo, operations coordinator/advisor, Department of Physical Therapy</li> <li> Karen Moliere, graduate advisor/admissions coordinator, Department of Physical Therapy</li> <li> Michael Nixon, vice president for Diversity &amp; Inclusion, Office of the President</li> <li> Alyssa Palmer, assistant registrar for publications and communications, Office of Academic Records</li> <li> Moses Primo Jr., communication systems coordinator, Undergraduate Enrollment</li> <li> Kari Prouty, assistant director, Undergraduate Leadership</li> <li> Melina Sample, staff psychologist, Counseling &amp; Testing Center</li> <li> Paul Schmoling, flight instructor, Department of Aviation</li> <li> Jordan Smart, LUC/NAD enrollment counselor, Enrollment Management</li> <li> Eloy Wade, Banner support specialist, Information Technology Services</li> <li> Tony Yang, enrollment &amp; strategic marketing director, Integrated Marketing &amp; Communication</li> </ul> <p> <strong>Position Changes: Staff</strong></p> <ul> <li> Carmelita Arthur, admissions coordinator, School of Health Professions</li> <li> Elynda Bedney, assistant vice president, Student Financial Services</li> <li> Jessica Larson, aquatics director, Swimming Pool Operations</li> <li> Esther Lonto, senior accountant, Financial Records</li> <li> Renato Mejia, assistant director/marketing &amp; recruiting, Graduate Enrollment</li> <li> Karen Moliere, graduate advisor/admissions coordinator, Physical Therapy</li> <li> Dawn Mutz, associate registrar, Academic Records</li> <li> Justin Neu, marketing &amp; recruitment coordinator, School of Business Dean&rsquo;s Office</li> <li> Jillian Panigot, director, Graduate Enrollment</li> <li> Gillian Sanner, media communications manager, Integrated Marketing &amp; Communication</li> <li> Lawrence Schalk, senior vice president for Financial Administration, Financial Administration</li> </ul> <p> <strong>New Hires: Faculty</strong></p> <ul> <li> Heather Day, assistant professor, Visual Art, Communication &amp; Design</li> <li> Bryce Fisher, assistant professor, maintenance, Aviation</li> <li> Elsy Gallardo-Diaz, music instructor, Andrews Academy</li> <li> Charity Garcia, assistant professor, Department of Teaching, Learning and Curriculum</li> <li> Max Keller, assistant professor, Department of Music</li> <li> Collene Kelly, instructor, Ruth Murdoch Elementary School</li> <li> Carol Rossman, professor, Department of Nursing</li> <li> Alan Scott, assistant professor, Aviation</li> <li> Scott Ward, assistant professor, Discipleship &amp; Religious Education</li> <li> Everett Wiles, assistant professor, Visual Art, Communication &amp; Design</li> </ul> <p> <strong>Position Changes: Faculty</strong></p> <ul> <li> Carlos Flores, faculty emeritus, Department of Music</li> <li> Paul Gregor, reappointment to four-year chair, Old Testament</li> <li> Luana Gruelich, chair/assistant professor, Teaching, Learning &amp; Curriculum</li> <li> Darius Jankiewicz, reappointment to four-year chair, Theology and Christian Philosophy</li> <li> Lester Merklin, professor emeritus, World Mission</li> <li> Desrene Vernon-Brebnor, assistant professor/graduate program director, Visual Art, Communication &amp; Design</li> <li> Rob Zdor, chair, Department of Biology</li> </ul> Wed, 13 Dec 2017 18:51:38 +0000 New Hybrid MDiv Offered http://www.andrews.edu/agenda/47902 <p> The Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary of Andrews University 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="http://mdiv@andrews.edu">mdiv@andrews.edu</a> or visit <a href="https://www.andrews.edu/sem/mdiv/">andrews.edu/sem/mdiv/</a>.</p> Wed, 15 Nov 2017 17:13:51 +0000 Adventist Online Learning Conference at Andrews http://www.andrews.edu/agenda/47825 <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="https://www.andrews.edu/distance/">Andrews University School of Distance Education &amp; International Partnerships</a>, <a href="http://www.griggs.edu/">Griggs International Academy</a> and <a href="http://www.um.edu.mx/">Montemorelos University</a>, the <a href="http://adventistlearn.online/">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="http://adventistlearn.online/">http://adventistlearn.online/</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="https://www.facebook.com/Adventist-Online-Learning-Conference-1345147572234669/">Adventist Online Learning Conference Facebook page</a> for public viewing. Many of the conference proceedings are also available, including a <a href="http://digitalcommons.andrews.edu/adventist-learn-online/2017/">detailed program and handouts</a>.</p> Thu, 09 Nov 2017 16:33:54 +0000 Faith of Our Fathers http://www.andrews.edu/agenda/47812 <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="http://howard.andrews.edu" target="_blank">howard.andrews.edu</a>.</p> Thu, 09 Nov 2017 14:36:21 +0000