Andrews University Agenda News and Events at Andrews University en-us Copyright 2018, Andrews University Tue, 19 Jun 2018 09:52:00 -0000 Tue, 19 Jun 2018 09:52:00 -0000 Adapting Lifestyle Habits Can Lower Blood Pressure <p> Researchers have demonstrated that a program aimed at helping people modify lifestyle factors such as diet and exercise is as effective as medication at reducing blood pressure. Participants in the study saw their blood pressure drop 19 points, on average, after taking part in the Weimer Institute Newstart Lifestyle program for just 14 days. Other studies have shown that a blood pressure reduction of this magnitude can cut a person&rsquo;s risk of heart disease or stroke in half.</p> <p> &ldquo;By adapting selected lifestyle health principles, half of the people in our study achieved normal blood pressure within two weeks while avoiding the side effects and costs associated with blood pressure medications,&rdquo; said research team leader M. Alfredo Mejia, associate professor at Andrews University. &ldquo;The Newstart Lifestyle program works quickly, is inexpensive and uses a palatable diet that allows for moderate amounts of salt and healthy fats from nuts, olives, avocado and certain vegetable oils.&rdquo;</p> <p> Mejia will present results from this study at the American Society for Nutrition annual meeting, <a href="">Nutrition 2018</a>, held June 9&ndash;12, 2018, in Boston.</p> <p> The reduction in blood pressure accomplished by the program was equivalent to what can be achieved using three half-dose standard medications for blood pressure. In addition, 93 percent of the participants were able to either reduce the dose (24 percent) or eliminate their blood pressure medications (69 percent).</p> <p> People participating in the Newstart Lifestyle program follow a vegan diet, walk outside daily, drink substantial quantities of water, get adequate daily sleep and participate in optional spiritual activities. The program&rsquo;s vegan diet consists of foods, such as legumes, whole grains, vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, olives, avocados, soymilk, almond milk and whole-grain breads.</p> <p> For the study, the researchers evaluated data from 117 people with high blood pressure who had participated in the Newstart Lifestyle program at the Weimer Institute for 14 days. At the end of the program, half of the participants achieved a systolic blood pressure below the recommended 120 mmHg. The program was effective at lowering blood pressure in varying types of individuals, including otherwise healthy men and women and people with diabetes or who were obese and those with high cholesterol levels.</p> <p> Next, the researchers plan to test the program in more people over a longer time period to better understand its long-term effects and biological basis. They also want to determine if the program can be used to improve other health problems, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and obesity.</p> <p> <em>M. Alfredo Mejia presented this research on Monday, June 11, from 8 a.m.&ndash;3 p.m. in the Hynes Convention Center Hall D (Poster 646) (<a href=" Program abstract.pdf?dl=0">abstract</a>). Contact the media team for more information.</em></p> <p> <em>Please note that abstracts presented at Nutrition 2018 were evaluated and selected by a committee of experts but have not generally undergone the same peer review process required for publication in a scientific journal. As such, the findings presented should be considered preliminary until a peer-reviewed publication is available.</em></p> <p> <strong>About Nutrition 2018</strong><br /> Nutrition 2018 is the inaugural flagship meeting of the American Society for Nutrition held June 9&ndash;12, 2018, at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston. It is the national venue for more than 3,000 top researchers, practitioners and other professionals to announce exciting research findings and explore their implications for practice and policy. Scientific symposia address the latest advances in cellular and physiological nutrition and metabolism, clinical and translational nutrition, global and public health, population science, and food science and systems. More information: <a href=""></a>, #Nutrition2018.</p> <p> <strong>About the American Society for Nutrition (ASN)</strong><br /> ASN is the preeminent professional organization for nutrition research scientists and clinicians around the world. Founded in 1928, the society brings together the top nutrition researchers, medical practitioners, policy makers and industry leaders to advance our knowledge and application of nutrition. ASN publishes four peer-reviewed journals and provides education and professional development opportunities to advance nutrition research, practice and education. More information: <a href=""></a>.</p> <p> Find more news briefs and tipsheets at <a href=""></a>.</p> Tue, 12 Jun 2018 13:16:20 +0000 Andrews Receives "Gold Level Campus" Award <p> For the third year in a row Andrews University has received the &ldquo;Gold Level Campus&rdquo; award from the Exercise-is-Medicine-on-Campus (EIM-OC) initiative, which is spearheaded by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). Among other universities that also received the gold level status in 2018 were Michigan State University, University of Tennessee Knoxville and Virginia Tech.</p> <p> Andrews University launched the official wellness campaign in the fall of 2015. Since then, under the leadership of the director for University Health &amp; Wellness, Dominique Gummelt, Andrews has been focusing on transforming into the healthiest university, one life and one day at a time. Physical activity has been a particular area of emphasis; lack of physical exercise has become one of the largest epidemics in this country, particularly in the academic setting.</p> <p> &ldquo;It is truly exciting and rewarding to receive gold level campus status for the third year in a row, and I am so grateful for each and every person who has helped and supported this wellness initiative. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to changing lives to help each person live to the fullest and to help Andrews in its endeavor to transform lives physically, emotionally and spiritually,&rdquo; Gummelt says.</p> <p> Ernie Medina, alumnus and current board member, accepted this award at the ACSM EIM Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on May 30, 2018: &ldquo;It was an honor to be able to accept this award for Andrews University. I&rsquo;m very proud of all the support and hard work that&rsquo;s been done to earn this distinction. Special kudos to Dominique for spearheading it all. I know what it involves to be able to earn the Gold Level award!&rdquo;</p> <p> Andrews University invites anyone from around the world to join our mission to become a STRONGER. HEALTHIER. YOU.</p> <p> <strong>Related Links:</strong><br /> Connect with us on <a href="">Facebook</a>.<br /> Watch our <a href=";qid=1521755882&amp;sr=8-3&amp;keywords=The+Jackie+Film">Wellness Transformation Documentary</a>.<br /> Download our free <a href="">Wellness Transformation Guide</a>.</p> Mon, 11 Jun 2018 23:36:03 +0000 Andrews Graduates Receive Awards at Film Festival <p> Joshua Martin and Nina Vallado, graduates of the Andrews University documentary film program, received five awards at the 2018 Sonscreen Film Festival held at the North American Division Headquarters in Columbia, Maryland, from April 5&ndash;7, 2018.</p> <p> Martin, who also studied photography, won Best Art Experimental and Best Cinematography for his film &ldquo;125 Pounds.&rdquo; The film explores Martin&rsquo;s insecurities about his weight and the importance of getting to know the person beyond the body.</p> <p> Vallado&rsquo;s film &ldquo;Sisterly,&rdquo; a documentary about autism and sisterhood, won Best in Festival, Audience Choice and Best Documentary Short.</p> <p> &ldquo;We are very proud to take the top awards in what I believe was one of the strongest selections of films to ever play at the festival,&rdquo; says Paul Kim, chair of the Department of Visual Art, Communication &amp; Design and professor of documentary film &amp; communication. &ldquo;What&rsquo;s notable, too, is that the cost of our students&rsquo; productions is very low.It appears that the jury is responding to our commitment to artistic merit and to our mature storytelling about things that really matter and connect with the human experience rather than the flash and sizzle of a big fancy production.&rdquo;</p> <p> Keith Mattingly, dean of the College of Arts &amp; Sciences, says, &ldquo;Paul Kim and company are to be congratulated for the wonderful success of Andrews University students and faculty in the Sonscreen Film Festival. The judges were nationally-recognized individuals, which makes winning the awards that much more impressive. We are thankful for Paul&rsquo;s excellent leadership and the talent he shares with his students.&rdquo;</p> <p> The festival was created by the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists to nurture Christian filmmakers in their craft, career development and spiritual lives. This year 47 official selections from student filmmakers were screened during the three-day festival. Schools and student groups represented at the festival included Andrews University (Michigan); Hawaiian Mission Academy (Hawaii); La Sierra Academy, La Sierra University, Loma Linda Academy, Loma Linda University and Pacific Union College (California); Plantation Seventh-day Adventist Church (Florida); Rio Lindo Academy (California); Spencerville Adventist Academy (Maryland); Southern Adventist University (Tennessee); Southwestern Adventist University (Texas); and Walla Walla University (Washington).</p> <p> Kim says, &ldquo;Overall, it is remarkable to see the growth of the Adventist film community throughout North America. At the festival, I was on a panel sitting between Dan Jackson [president, North American Division] and Alex Bryant [executive secretary, North American Division], and they were very much advocating in support of the growth and maturation that is happening in Adventist media.&rdquo;</p> Thu, 07 Jun 2018 17:30:10 +0000 Andrews Shifts Focus of Its Farm Operations <p> The Andrews University Board of Trustees voted in its June 4 meeting to shift the focus of its overall Andrews University Farm operations, including a decision to formally close the Farm&rsquo;s Dairy operations by summer 2019.</p> <p> With this decision, the University Farm will expand its focus on the food crops grown on its 750 acres of land. The University&rsquo;s Farm began operations in 1901, and its Dairy started in 1907.</p> <p> This decision was made following an extensive study of the Andrews University Dairy operations and the current marketplace for dairy products. That year-long detailed analysis led to the conclusion that it was unlikely there would be any potential turns in the dairy market that would bring the Dairy operations close to a breakeven situation. This follows more than three years of significant operational losses for the Dairy. Those losses, combined with the ongoing volatility of the dairy market, suggested the continued operation of the Dairy by Andrews University was too risky to sustain within the University&rsquo;s ongoing operational budgets.</p> <p> &ldquo;This was a difficult decision to make about a significant part of Andrews University and its history,&rdquo; says Andrea Luxton, president. &ldquo;However, our need to be good stewards of the resources we have and to responsibly ensure stable finances for the University has led us to this decision.</p> <p> &ldquo;Our state-of-the-art Dairy has attempted to thrive in an environment where there has been an overall and very significant downturn in the dairy industry in recent years. The demand for milk and milk products has fallen nationally, dairy producers have increased their herd sizes, and now large distributors, such as Walmart, plan to create their own mega-dairies. As a result, despite excellent management of our operations and expenses by our Dairy leadership, income from our Dairy has continued to drop considerably. This situation has meant very significant and real losses in our Dairy operations over the last three years, with no evidence that this will turn in a positive direction in the years to come.&rdquo;</p> <p> When the school first opened the Dairy in 1907, a small herd of 40 to 50 cows was milked by hand, and horse-powered machinery harvested the feed for the cattle. Over the years, the award-winning Holstein herd at the heart of the Dairy grew to more than 700 cattle. The operations were led by a full- and part-time staff of 15, with around 20 students helping to support the milking operations. With the closure of the Dairy operations in 2019, as many as four of the full-time staff will transfer to positions elsewhere in the University.</p> <p> The milk produced by the Dairy is marketed by the Michigan Milk Producers Association Cooperative and, among other things, has been used to make ice cream and to help produce the artisan specialty cheeses created at Old Europe Cheese in Benton Harbor, Michigan.</p> <p> The Dairy&rsquo;s Holstein herd has received numerous awards over the years, including &ldquo;High Herd in Milk Production&rdquo; and &ldquo;High Cow in Milk Production&rdquo; awards from the Berrien County Herd Improvement Association.</p> <p> The Dairy operations have also served as a valuable real-world academic and research resource for the University&rsquo;s agriculture program and its dairy management coursework, as well as the animal husbandry concentration for the University&rsquo;s Bachelor of Technology in agriculture.</p> Mon, 04 Jun 2018 17:06:53 +0000 Renaissance Kids Architecture Camp <p> The Andrews University School of Architecture &amp; Interior Design invites the community to register for &ldquo;Home is More than a House,&rdquo; the 12th annual Renaissance Kids architecture camp held on the campus of Andrews University.&nbsp;This unique program provides kids ages 5&ndash;16 with opportunities to engage in fun, creative and educational hands-on projects related to architecture.</p> <p> Mark Moreno, founder/director of Renaissance Kids and associate professor of architecture, says, &ldquo;Renaissance Kids has a good history of making meaningful projects with the youth. I&rsquo;m super excited about the potential for this year&rsquo;s project to positively impact lives in a serious way especially since this is the first year the build project was initiated by kids.&rdquo; This summer, the main design-build project is a backyard play structure which, along with other related constructions, will be auctioned to raise funds for the summer&rsquo;s and other future community-minded build projects.</p> <p> The Benton Harbor Saint Augustine&rsquo;s Episcopal Church youth group is raising funds to build a tiny house for a homeless person. Moreno and the youth leader, Cara Gillespie, met to brainstorm ways to connect the youth group&rsquo;s initiative with the Renaissance Kids project. They decided that the youth group will assist in the design and construction of the play structure. Then, once the structure is auctioned, 25 percent of the sale proceeds will be used toward costs for the tiny house.</p> <p> &ldquo;This project not only shows architecture&rsquo;s effect on lives but aligns well with the mission of the School of Architecture &amp; Interior Design. Our graduate students have been designing and building tiny structures under the direction of the school&rsquo;s dean, Carey Carscallen, and Martin Smith, assistant professor of architecture. To date, architecture students have built two tiny homes and four shipping container constructions, a gallery, two clinic exam rooms and a library archive space.&nbsp; Ultimately, our goal is to arrange for Saint Augustine&rsquo;s youth group and a homeless person to engage as clients for our graduate students to then design and construct the tiny home,&rdquo; says Moreno.&nbsp;</p> <p> Renaissance Kids began in 2007, with a goal of &ldquo;building with kids to build kids up.&rdquo; It aspires to make complex ideas accessible to young minds by providing tools for them to better understand the relationship between people and the physical world. Sessions are assigned according to age, with the first session beginning Monday, June 11, and are available at a variety of dates and times. The program schedule is as follows:</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> <strong>Ages 5&ndash;7</strong><br /> <em>Session A1,&nbsp;$165,</em> June 11&ndash;15, 8:30 a.m.&ndash;12 p.m., Architecture building<br /> <em>Session A2, $165,</em> June 25&ndash;29, 1:45-5:15 p.m., Architecture building</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> <strong>Ages 7&ndash;10</strong><br /> <em>Session B1, $165,</em> July 9&ndash;13, 8:30 a.m.&ndash;12 p.m., Architecture building<br /> <em>Session B2, $165,</em> August 6&ndash;10, 8:30 a.m.&ndash;12 p.m., Architecture building<br /> <em>Session B3, $165,</em> August 6&ndash;10, 1:45-5:15 p.m., Architecture building<br /> <em>Session B4, $340,</em> August 6&ndash;10, 8:30 a.m.&ndash;5:15 p.m., Architecture building&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> <strong>Ages 10&ndash;12</strong><br /> <em>Session C1,</em> $165, June 11&ndash;15, 1:45&ndash;5:15 p.m., Architecture building<br /> <em>Session C2,</em> $165, June 25&ndash;29, 8:30 a.m.&ndash;12 p.m., Architecture building<br /> <em>Session C3,</em> $165, July 9&ndash;13, 1:45&ndash;5:15 p.m., Architecture building</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> <strong>Ages 13&ndash;16</strong><br /> <em>Session D1,</em> $390, July 16&ndash;20, 8:30 a.m.&ndash;3:30 p.m., Architecture building<br /> and July 23&ndash;27, 8:30 a.m.&ndash;3:30 p.m., Architecture building</p> <p> Space is limited. For more details and to register, visit <a href=""></a>.</p> <p> To follow the build project throughout the summer, visit <a href=""></a>.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Thu, 17 May 2018 17:43:20 +0000 Race, Protest and Adventist Leadership <p> In an era of overdue apologies and continuing challenges on race relations in various areas of Adventist life&mdash;particularly on college campuses&mdash;Andrews University Press is publishing a landmark new book on the subject by a legendary Adventist leader.</p> <p> Calvin B. Rock, former long-time president of Oakwood University, former chair of the Loma Linda University Board of Trustees, and retired general vice president of the General Conference, has authored what one prominent Adventist historian claims is &ldquo;the most important book ever published on race relations in the Adventist Church.&rdquo;</p> <p> Andrea Luxton, Andrews University president and chair of the Andrews University Press board, said that &ldquo;Protest and Progress: Black Seventh-day Adventist Leadership and the Push for Parity&rdquo; will be released on May 1. &ldquo;It would be hard to find a more authoritative and respected leader to address this difficult subject than Dr. Rock,&rdquo; Luxton said. &ldquo;His 63 years of keen observation and active participation in these issues as a pastor, change-making academic leader, and church statesman, along with his deep passion for the unity of the church and the Righteousness of Christ, make his perspective absolutely essential to any understanding of our history and our future.&rdquo;</p> <p> &ldquo;Protest and Progress&rdquo; presents a broad overview of the history of administrative race relations in the North American Adventist church, according to Ronald Knott, director of the Press. Rock&rsquo;s primary focus is on how the church has made provision for leadership roles and employment equity among Blacks and Whites. Rock looks at four major protest movements that arose within the Black community regarding their ability to advance the mission of the church in ways relevant to their context. These were the push for administrative integration (1889&ndash;1929), which failed; the push for Regional conferences (1929&ndash;1944), which succeeded; the push for Black Union conferences (1969&ndash;1980), which failed; and the push for a separate and equitable retirement system for Regional conference employees (1998&ndash;2000), which succeeded. He also candidly addresses the strongly differing opinions through the years within the Black leadership community over the best approach to progress, whether by full integration at all levels of church leadership or by what Rock terms &ldquo;modified self-determinationism.&rdquo;</p> <p> Building on that history, Rock makes a sociological, theological and philosophical argument for the effectiveness and necessity of the current Regional conference system of mission that administers resources according to racial and cultural opportunity.</p> <p> &ldquo;Some Adventists in North America have raised questions about the wisdom or necessity of our current system,&rdquo; Knott said. &ldquo;We often cite the millennial generation as a group with the most doubts or who believe our current system is an embarrassment. But there are many in other demographics with similar views, and some of our preachers have talked about it. Dr. Rock&rsquo;s unique contribution is not simply to make a historical argument but to give us a foundation from history for a more important theological argument based on mission and practical human relations. Whether a reader agrees is, of course, an open question. What is not in question is that a genuine discussion must address Rock&rsquo;s perspective.&rdquo;</p> <p> A major feature of the book, according to Knott, is the extensive collection of appendices, all primary source documents relevant to the historical discussion. Among these are letters to applicants from Adventist colleges, refusing enrollment to students on the basis of ethnicity; a 1953 letter from General Conference president W.H. Branson to board chairs of colleges and hospitals, urging them to begin regularly admitting Blacks as students and patients; and a vigorous protest, in letter form, to a GC president about how the Annual Council debate was conducted that ultimately defeated the &ldquo;push&rdquo; for Black Union conferences.</p> <p> Advance praise for the book is wide and high. Ricardo Graham, president of the Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, said, &ldquo;Protest and Progress is an&nbsp;insightful and powerful presentation of the biblically-based call for social justice in society at&nbsp;large and in the church, as well as a history of race&nbsp;relations primarily among Black and White Seventh-day Adventist leadership in the North American Division with implications for the entire world church. This is a&nbsp;must read for anyone&nbsp;curiously interested or seriously concerned with these issues and more.&nbsp;I&nbsp;highly recommend it.&rdquo;</p> <p> Craig R. Jackson, dean of the School of Allied Health Professions at Loma Linda University, said, &ldquo;Dr. Rock&rsquo;s book is the perfect antidote for the collective amnesia of the Seventh-day Adventist church when it comes to racism and the church&rsquo;s reluctance to confront the antithesis of the gospel of Jesus Christ.&rdquo;</p> <p> &ldquo;[This book] combines first-rate scholarship with the kind of insight that could only come from the author&rsquo;s deep personal roots and decades of leadership in the Black Adventist experience,&rdquo; said Douglas Morgan, professor of history at Washington Adventist University, who also described it as Adventism&rsquo;s most important book on race relations. &ldquo;Lucid, candid, provocative, yet redemptive, Protest and Progress is an exceptionally rare and invaluable gem given the church by one who has long loved it and served it with high distinction,&rdquo; Morgan said.</p> <p> &ldquo;Protest and Progress&rdquo; will be available after May 1 directly from Andrews University Press (<a href=""></a>), Adventist Book Centers and major online retailers.</p> Tue, 15 May 2018 09:36:58 +0000 Andrews Student Receives Prestigious Award <p> On Friday, March 30, 2018, Mykhaylo M. Malakhov, a sophomore mathematics major and J.N. Andrews Honors Scholar at Andrews University, was awarded the Barry Goldwater Scholarship, the most prestigious national award for undergraduates who intend to pursue careers in the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering.</p> <p> Established by Congress in 1986 in honor of Senator Barry Goldwater, this scholarship is awarded yearly to the top STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) majors who display intellectual curiosity, a strong commitment to research and potential to make significant future contributions to their respective fields. Consequently, Goldwater Scholars are known for having very impressive academic qualifications that have garnered the attention of prestigious post-graduate fellowship programs. To be considered, candidates must be nominated by their university and fill out an extensive application complete with a research paper. Each university can nominate up to four students per year. Scholarship recipients are awarded $7,500 per year until they graduate to apply toward tuition, fees, books and room and board. This year, 211 scholarships were given to undergraduates across the United States from a pool of 1,280 nominated students.</p> <p> Since the scholarship&rsquo;s inception, Andrews University has submitted a total of 49 applications and has had seven award recipients and four honorable mentions. Malakhov is the seventh recipient, with the previous scholarship going to Libby Megna (biology/math) almost a decade ago during the 2008&ndash;2009 school year.</p> <p> Ryan Hayes, professor of chemistry, is the Andrews campus representative for the Goldwater scholarship. He says, &ldquo;This was quite an honor to Mr. Malakhov, the Department of Mathematics, the Department of Biology and Andrews University.&rdquo;</p> <p> Malakhov&rsquo;s primary research is with the Seabird Ecology Team, an interdisciplinary research group on campus consisting of mathematicians and biologists. His project focuses on investigating the effects of climate change on glaucous-winged gull populations in the Pacific Northwest which are sensitive to rising temperatures and hence considered to be sentinels of climate change. Malakhov&rsquo;s work includes analyzing a mathematical model (a set of equations describing a real-world system) to discover how behavioral changes in the gulls affect the long-term survival and dynamics of the population in light of increasing sea surface temperatures. He began working on this project in the summer following his freshman year when he joined the National Science Foundation-funded summer REU (research experience for undergraduates) directed by Shandelle Henson, professor of mathematics and ecology at Andrews University.</p> <p> Since then, Malakhov has presented his research results at the Joint Mathematics Meetings, the largest and most prestigious annual mathematics conference worldwide; the Michigan Academy of Science, Arts, and Letters; and at several gatherings on the Andrews University campus. His goal is to continue working with the results, and he is currently writing a paper that he and Henson plan to publish in a peer-reviewed journal. This project will also become his Honors Thesis.</p> <p> Henson says, &ldquo;Mykhaylo Malakhov is an outstanding young mathematician who also has a heart for people and for Jesus. He is a true intellectual, with strong interests in the arts, literature, philosophy and music. I enjoy discussing Dostoyevsky, bread baking, plate tectonics, piano and hiking with him. He is the kind of person who will become extremely successful and will then invest heavily in the careers of others.&rdquo;</p> <p> In addition to his work with the Seabird Team, Malakhov is actively involved in additional research projects, leadership positions and experiencing his greatest joy by, as he says, &ldquo;sharing the beauty of mathematics and the wonder of God&rsquo;s creation with others.&rdquo; Some of his accomplishments include assisting with the start of a computer science education program at Ruth Murdoch Elementary School, organizing the first-ever Putnam Competition team and preparation course at Andrews University, and leading out in a solar energy installation project in Madagascar with Engineers Without Borders. He currently serves as the vice president of the Andrews chapter of Engineers Without Borders as well as the mathematics president of eigen*, the Andrews math/physics club.</p> <p> Malakhov plans to earn a PhD in mathematics and become a professor. As he wrote in his Goldwater scholarship application, his dream is to &ldquo;conduct research that bridges the gap between pure and applied mathematics and engage underrepresented groups in the mathematical sciences at the university level.&rdquo;</p> Thu, 10 May 2018 16:01:01 +0000 Antillean Adventist University Symphonic Band <p> On Saturday, May 12, at 8 p.m., the Antillean Adventist University Symphonic Band will perform in the Howard Performing Arts Center on the campus of Andrews University. The concert is part of the band&rsquo;s larger Great Lakes area concert tour from May 11&ndash;20.</p> <p> The program will include both sacred and secular selections. Beginning with the sacred portion, the band will take each listener on a journey from Genesis through the book of Revelation. The second part of the concert includes various patriotic marches and Spanish folklore.</p> <p> The Antillean Adventist University Symphonic Band traces its beginnings to Puerto Rico in 1985, when Lloyd Leno began overseeing musical groups at what was then Antillean College. In 1987, Carlos Flores established the Department of Music at the university. Five years later, this department had successfully begun a choir, band and orchestra. Since then, the university band, steadily growing in size and popularity, has been recognized throughout Puerto Rico. The band has had five different conductors, the most recent being Ram&oacute;n Ara&uacute;jo who has intentionally led the group on concert tours throughout the world. One of their most notable performances was in July 2015 at the closing session for the General Conference in San Antonio, Texas.</p> <p> Admission to the concert is free. 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> Thu, 03 May 2018 17:53:19 +0000