Andrews University Agenda News and Events at Andrews University en-us Copyright 2018, Andrews University Tue, 14 Aug 2018 21:15:00 -0000 Tue, 14 Aug 2018 21:15:00 -0000 Graduation August 2018 <p> Andrews University&rsquo;s summer graduation will take place August 3&ndash;5, 2018. The weekend&rsquo;s central events begin Friday evening with the Consecration service, continue Saturday morning with the Baccalaureate service and conclude Sunday with the Commencement service. All services will take place at Pioneer Memorial Church unless otherwise noted. Overflow seating for the Baccalaureate and Commencement services is available in the Pioneer Memorial Church Youth Chapel. Please note that in order to provide more seating for families of graduates, seating in the church sanctuary for Commencement is by ticket only.</p> <p> Additional recognition and dedication programs are planned for Friday and Saturday. Consult the online schedule for a complete listing at <a href=""></a>.</p> <p> Janet Ledesma, associate dean and professor of leadership in the School of Education, will present the Consecration address, &ldquo;Unbroken While Broken,&rdquo; on Friday, August 3, at 8 p.m.</p> <p> Ledesma, who earned her PhD at Andrews University, also works as the educational leadership coordinator and was formerly chair of the Faculty Senate at Andrews. She served as an Adventist school principal for over 28 years in all types of schools: preschool, elementary, junior academy and boarding academy. She has a burning desire to assist Adventist school principals through mentoring and by developing resources such as webinars. Ledesma&rsquo;s publications focus on principalship, resilience and spiritual leadership. As a servant leader, she enjoys helping others reach their highest potential. One of her greatest joys is family time with her two young adult children.</p> <p> On Saturday, August 4, Charles A. Tapp, senior pastor at Sligo Seventh-day Adventist Church, will offer the Baccalaureate address at 11:45 a.m. His presentation is titled &ldquo;The Great Work.&rdquo;</p> <p> After earning a bachelor&rsquo;s in theology and accounting at Oakwood College, Tapp received an MDiv at Andrews University. Over the past 37 years, he has served in the Northeastern Conference, the Inter-American Division, the South Central Conference and the Potomac Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. In addition to his pastoral ministry, he has worked in radio and television broadcasting as an announcer, voiceover artist, producer and host of several programs. He has also served as an instructor on several Adventist college and university campuses in the United States and abroad. At Washington Adventist University, where he is an adjunct instructor in the Department of Religion and the School of Graduate and Professional Studies, his course &ldquo;The Fundamentals of Prayer&rdquo; became part of the University&rsquo;s curriculum in 2001. Tapp has been married to the former Maureen Mair for 34 years. They have been blessed with three adult daughters.</p> <p> A vespers program led by graduates will take place in Pioneer Memorial Church at 8:30 p.m. on August 4. Immediately following vespers, there will be a President&rsquo;s Reception for graduating students and their parents in the Great Lakes Room of the Campus Center.</p> <p> On Sunday, August 5, Julian Melgosa, associate director of education for the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists and associate editor of &ldquo;The Journal of Adventist Education&rdquo; (international editions), will speak for the 9 a.m. Commencement service. His address is titled &ldquo;Transition.&rdquo;</p> <p> Melgosa earned a bachelor&rsquo;s degree with majors in education and psychology as well as an MA in psychology from the University of Madrid (Spain). He later graduated with a PhD in educational psychology from Andrews University. Melgosa is a chartered psychologist, an associate fellow of the British Psychological Society and a prolific author in the area of emotional and mental health. He has taught at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels and served as dean of the School of Graduate Studies at the Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies (AIIAS), where he also served as president. Most recently, Melgosa was dean of the School of Education and Psychology and professor at Walla Walla University. He has served the Seventh-day Adventist educational system in five divisions and worked as an accreditor for the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities and for the Adventist Accrediting Association. His wife Annette is a librarian, and they have two adult children.</p> <p> Select graduation services will be livestreamed. For details, visit <a href=""></a>.</p> Thu, 26 Jul 2018 15:12:27 +0000 Deans List Released for Spring 2018 <p> Andrews University has announced the undergraduate deans list for spring semester 2018. The students listed have maintained a semester GPA of 3.5 or higher while having at least 12 credits, no incompletes and no grade below a B. There are 526 students in total on the list.</p> <p> Abbadasari, Roshani R.<br /> Abeysinghe, Dinelle S.<br /> Adesina, Oluwatimilehin A.<br /> Agard, Matthew<br /> Ahn, Jeremy C.<br /> Allen, Brandon W.<br /> Almonte, Noemi E.<br /> Alva, Rayford C.<br /> Ambrose, Kaleem<br /> An, Ji Hyun J.<br /> An, Sang-Gyoon T.<br /> Andersen, Thomas J.<br /> Anderson, Eric E.<br /> Anderson, Jasmariee C.<br /> Angasan, Elizabeth V.<br /> Anunciado, Allyson E.<br /> Ashley, Bryan P.<br /> Atencio, Elizabeth A.<br /> Atmadja, Constantia A.<br /> Avellona, Van Hamy Reu K.<br /> Bacchiocchi, Isabella C.<br /> Bach, Jaimie E.<br /> Baker, Alison K.<br /> Baker, Carolyn N.<br /> Baker, Jonathan D.<br /> Balasingam, Xavier-Kumar V.<br /> Baldwin, Heather L.<br /> Ballweber, Emalee J.<br /> Bange, Alisha R.<br /> Bange, Amanda J.<br /> Bange, Autumn L.<br /> Barrett, Jeremy J.<br /> Barrios Paz, Jaqueline A.<br /> Battle, Ora R.<br /> Bauza Nowotny, Erika<br /> Bayona Roque, Paola E.<br /> Bea, Sungwon<br /> Benavides, Ericka A.<br /> Bennett, Raymond<br /> Beras, Heidy<br /> Bevins, Rebecca<br /> Bishop, Noah W.<br /> Biswas, Meghla<br /> Black, Denique<br /> Bojko, Julianna M.<br /> Borton, Jonathan D.<br /> Bosfield, Trey A.<br /> Boursiquot, Johanne C.<br /> Brandt, Martha S.<br /> Briley, Apryl R.<br /> Brockett, Sarah R.<br /> Brown, Patrick G.<br /> Broyer, Michaela N.<br /> Bryson, John M.<br /> Bryson, Matthew D.<br /> Bullard, Keith W.<br /> Bullard, Letitia<br /> Burgos, Marcos<br /> Burke, Linnea C.<br /> Burrill, Andrew J.<br /> Burton, Cameron J.<br /> Butler, Haley A.<br /> Byeon, Hye-eun<br /> Byrd, Brittney<br /> Byron-Stanley, Xakeila-Lee<br /> Caamal D'Vicente, Esterady<br /> Caballero, Zoey K.<br /> Calhoun, Allison A.<br /> Calhoun, Travis A.<br /> Carcamo, Andrea K.<br /> Carcamo, Gabriella A.<br /> Carmona, Victoria E.<br /> Carrasco, Ester<br /> Carson, Jaymes M.<br /> Castang, Jesse J.<br /> Cave, Antoinette B.<br /> Cha, Minha<br /> Chacon, Jourdan E.<br /> Chaij, Nicolas R.<br /> Chang-Brown, Abigail C.<br /> Charles, Hannah P.<br /> Charles, Leah J.<br /> Chatman, Austin L.<br /> Chavez, Lissette O.<br /> Chavit, Christie D.<br /> Chi, Daniel H.<br /> Cho, Amanda S.<br /> Cho, Leticia H.<br /> Choi, Hannah D.<br /> Choi, Jaysung<br /> Choi, Junnah J.<br /> Choi, Siwon<br /> Chung, Kieun<br /> Cincala, Jonathan W.<br /> Cincala, Tereza Z.<br /> Clarke, Alistair C.<br /> Clayburn, Taylor A.<br /> Cogen, Carlan A.<br /> Coleman, Chelcie A.<br /> Coleman, Jennifer J.<br /> Condon, Jessica N.<br /> Conner, Sara N.<br /> Contreras, Anizbeth E.<br /> Cook, Tayde M.<br /> Cooper, Cassnette-Jade A.<br /> Cornano, Louisiane<br /> Correces, Megan R.<br /> Coston, Christina M.<br /> Councell, Jordan C.<br /> Cousins, Nadira Z.<br /> Covrig, Claire V.<br /> Cowin, Alivia Y.<br /> Crook, Sierra H.<br /> Croughan, Brianna K.<br /> Cuke, Michael D.<br /> Dahlberg, Alexander N.<br /> Dailey, D Shane D.<br /> Darville, Nia J.<br /> Davis, Heidi M.<br /> Davis, Jacob A.<br /> Davis, Jeremiah D.<br /> Davis, Ryan D.<br /> De Guzman, Diamond S.<br /> Decker, Alexi G.<br /> Dehart, Victoria A.<br /> Delhove, Jacques A.<br /> DePalma, Nina I.<br /> Dettmann, Sarah<br /> Dhillon, Gurpreet Singh<br /> Diaz, Jocias J.<br /> Dinda, Jean A.<br /> Do, Hang-Anh<br /> Doristil, Rechanka<br /> Dos Reis, William<br /> Dosunmu, Shekinah D.<br /> Down, William A.<br /> Drew, Grant<br /> Dulcich, Joshua M.<br /> Duvivier, Daphne L.<br /> Duvivier, Ellen S.<br /> Edwards, Kylee<br /> Eley, Rebekah R.<br /> Esare-Beckson, Michael<br /> Escobar, Elizabeth C.<br /> Everett, Josiah B.<br /> Falter, Katelynn S.<br /> Famorcan, Ffrancine D.<br /> Feliciano, Caleb<br /> Ferrer, Kristin D.<br /> Figueroa, Joyce<br /> Fontes De Pina, Marleny<br /> Ford, Lucinda L.<br /> Fossmeyer, Zachariah K.<br /> Francis, Lauren N.<br /> Fuller, Cassandra J.<br /> Fuller, Christina M.<br /> Fults, Daniel J.<br /> Furst, Trevor L.<br /> Galla-Pimentel, Obed R.<br /> Gallant, Hannah M.<br /> Gallos, Christiane<br /> Gallos, Dorothea<br /> Gammon, Trystan M.<br /> Garcia, Devin G.<br /> Garcia, Raabe C.<br /> Garrido, Warren Albert C.<br /> Gaskill, Emily G.<br /> Gayle, Anna A.<br /> Gayle, Toni-Ann T.<br /> Gensolin, Rachelle J.<br /> Germosen, Carlos<br /> Getahun, Tsion<br /> Gomez, Ivana C.<br /> Gonzalez, Estefania A.<br /> Gonzalez, Merari<br /> Gonzalez, Rafael E.<br /> Goyne, Carolyn B.<br /> Grady, Kanani N.<br /> Gray, Mariah L.<br /> Gregorutti, Ornella G.<br /> Grellmann, Jason D.<br /> Grzybowski, Jessica L.<br /> Hakiza, Tabitha D.<br /> Halder, Robert B.<br /> Hales, Cassandra E.<br /> Hall, Ki'ana A.<br /> Halsey, Gabriel C.<br /> Hamblin, Nathan M.<br /> Han, ChangWoo<br /> Han, Sang Yeop<br /> Hanna, Kameron C.<br /> Harning, DahEun<br /> Harper, Waldo B.<br /> Harris, Heidi<br /> Hartman, Rahel<br /> Hebert, Sara E.<br /> Hemmings, Ariel S.<br /> Henriquez, Alyssa R.<br /> Henry Saturne, Sarah E.<br /> Hercules, Candace E.<br /> Herrera, Kara Y.<br /> Hill, Torian D.<br /> Hines, Corina K.<br /> Hiramoto, Benjamin H.<br /> Hough, Abbigail Z.<br /> Huang, Shannon<br /> Hunt, Ashera R.<br /> Hunt, Kaniel J.<br /> Hunter, Trevon J.<br /> Hutchins, Natalie M.<br /> Hwang, Isabelle<br /> Hwang, Natalie A.<br /> Hwang, Nicole M.<br /> Im, Halim<br /> Imazu, Tommy J.<br /> Imes, Jillian T.<br /> Iwasa, Kaily D.<br /> Jackson, Jacob E.<br /> Jacobs, Aaron I.<br /> Jacobson, Ryutaro E.<br /> Jankiewicz, Caitlin E.<br /> Jee, Hyejoo<br /> Jenkins, Christopher M.<br /> Jeon, Yejin<br /> Jiang, Kun<br /> John, Erin M.<br /> Johnson, Gabrielle M.<br /> Johnson, Julia A.<br /> Johnson, Juliane L.<br /> Johnson, Justin M.<br /> Johnson, Ortencia J.<br /> Johnston, Lauren<br /> Joseph, Deandra A.<br /> Juneau, Kyle F.<br /> Jurek, Gillian<br /> Jurek, Heather A.<br /> Kang, Simon S.<br /> Kardos-Moldovan, Nancy G.<br /> Karengo, Nellie W.<br /> Karnik, Anuya A.<br /> Keller, Rebecca A.<br /> Kelly, Sean D.<br /> Keppke, Brenda L.<br /> Kerr, Elizabeth A.<br /> Kim, Brian K.<br /> Kim, Cassie<br /> Kim, Chan H.<br /> Kim, Jasmine<br /> Kim, Joel<br /> Kim, Joelle E.<br /> Kim, Kaitlyn S.<br /> Kim, Kristen S.<br /> Kim, Simon S.<br /> Kim, Solomon J.<br /> Kim, Theodore S.<br /> Kim, Ye Lim<br /> Kim, Younghyun<br /> King, Kathryn M.<br /> Kissinger, Samantha J.<br /> Kittleson, Brianna<br /> Knowlton, Jacob C.<br /> Kolberg, Dustin J.<br /> Krawczyk, Katherine R.<br /> Kroczyk, Mateusz D.<br /> Kroulik, Wendy S.<br /> Krzywon, Jakub S.<br /> Kuchmel, Vitaliya D.<br /> Kuhlman, Kurt A.<br /> Kuhn, Gillian C.<br /> Kwon, Amber Y.<br /> Kwon, Kellie Y.<br /> Lanphear, Heather R.<br /> Latour, Donn M.<br /> LaTour, Joshua A.<br /> Leal, Yarianni K.<br /> Learned, Michaela M.<br /> Lee, Arthur Y.<br /> Lee, Benin A.<br /> Lee, Haemin<br /> Lee, Hye Lim<br /> Lee, Hyun Chang<br /> Lee, Michael J.<br /> Lee, Sadam J.<br /> Lee, TaeJun<br /> Lee, Yehjee<br /> Leong, Tammy X.<br /> Leuenberger, Cade C.<br /> Li, Joshua D.<br /> Licorish, Erica A.<br /> Liernur, Nicole<br /> Little, Nicholas A.<br /> Logan, Jasmine A.<br /> Long, Alexander M.<br /> Lopez, Caitlin R.<br /> Lovhoiden, Benjamin E.<br /> Machado, Monalee<br /> Mackintosh, Sarah J.<br /> Magbanua, Emma J.<br /> Mainess, Morgan A.<br /> Makiling, Precious S.<br /> Malabrigo, Lara Adelle Love<br /> Malakhov, Mykhaylo M.<br /> Maldonado, Eliana<br /> Maldonado, Kevin A.<br /> Maldonado, Sheila<br /> Maletin, Katerina D.<br /> Mang, Dik Kei Dickey<br /> Manrique, Nathaly P.<br /> Manuel, Rachel A.<br /> Marciniak, David C.<br /> Marciniak, Mary<br /> Marsh, Daniel S.<br /> Martin, Raquel V.<br /> Martinez, Joanna G.<br /> McClellan, Jade E.<br /> McConnell, Zachary<br /> Mcginty, Leah S.<br /> McLaughlin, Justin<br /> McLean, Sara K.<br /> Mehta, Parth H.<br /> Mercado, Christina B.<br /> Mercado, Veronika Y.<br /> Milam, Tyler D.<br /> Miller, Kelli N.<br /> Miller, Patrick J.<br /> Mitchell-Collymore, Sydney<br /> Moon, Sun Hee H.<br /> Moore, Richard<br /> Mora, Diana K.<br /> Morant, Daniel T.<br /> Moretta, Nayeli C.<br /> Moroney, Michael<br /> Moronta, Luis G.<br /> Myung, Elijah J.<br /> Myung, Jeremy<br /> Mzumara, William H.<br /> N'Diaye, Naissa C.<br /> Navarro, Nicholas G.<br /> Negrea, Adrian<br /> Neighbors, Tyler B.<br /> Nelapudi, Nikitha M.<br /> Nelson, Maya H.<br /> Ngonyani, Stephania F.<br /> Norman, Emerald D.<br /> Nurhan, Yosia I.<br /> Nwoke, Christopher A.<br /> O'Ffill, Carson G.<br /> Ochiai, Jun<br /> Oduroh, Isaac<br /> Ogidan, Noreena O.<br /> Oh, Danielle S.<br /> Oh, Grace<br /> Ok, Taejun<br /> Omeler, Christ-Ansy M.<br /> Orpiano, Scibher Glenn I.<br /> Orvek, Michael A.<br /> Owen, Zachary L.<br /> Owiti, Ryan T.<br /> Paea, Joel T.<br /> Pagunsan, Jan M.<br /> Paik, Yekyeong<br /> Pakkianathan, Janice N.<br /> Pakpahan, Frentzen<br /> Panjaitan, Ezra C.<br /> Park, Jeongwoo<br /> Park, Kimberly H.<br /> Park, Kyu Hwan<br /> Park, Seung Ho<br /> Parker, Theodore<br /> Patterson, Nathaniel C.<br /> Pauliah, Prerna P.<br /> Pichot, Rachelle<br /> Pickett, Andrew J.<br /> Pierre, Shaianne<br /> Pineda, Jennie A.<br /> Pitter, Jessica S.<br /> Ponterio, Anthony<br /> Posada, Talia E.<br /> Powers, Jonathan J.<br /> Price, Raina C.<br /> Prodans, Michele A.<br /> Puii, Lal Rin<br /> Quinones, Ealasaid J.<br /> Randolph, Ashley K.<br /> Randolph, Zachary A.<br /> Rawlings, Jared Z.<br /> Regis, Malachi O.<br /> Renaud, Adrian T.<br /> Reyna Alvarez, Luis R.<br /> Rice, Joanna L.<br /> Richardson, Celeste A.<br /> Rigg, Kaitlyn M.<br /> Ringer, Jonathan E.<br /> Roberts, Matthew S.<br /> Robinson, Abigail<br /> Robinson, Lawrence O.<br /> Rodgers, Austin M.<br /> Rodriguez, Brenda<br /> Ronenko, Anastasia<br /> Ronjak, Daniel M.<br /> Rook, Kelsey M.<br /> Roosenberg, Josselyn M.<br /> Rorabeck, Anna C.<br /> Roselio, Roger R.<br /> Royster, Alyssa M.<br /> Ruban, Ivette J.<br /> Ruedinger, Nathan C.<br /> Ruhumuliza, Jon Philippe<br /> Rupert, William N.<br /> Sabangan, Hannah I.<br /> Sabangan, Michelle I.<br /> Sahly, Cameron O.<br /> Saint-Phard, Daniella B.<br /> Salazar, Nolan S.<br /> Samuels, Kyara R.<br /> Sanchez, Christian J.<br /> Sanchez, Edgar<br /> Santana, Adriana I.<br /> Sargeant, Pammy S.<br /> Saunders, Courtney C.<br /> Savage, Kristine M.<br /> Saverimuttu, Lilah<br /> Scalzo, Taylor N.<br /> Schalk, Bayley A.<br /> Schuen, Meredith G.<br /> Seawood, Brandi J.<br /> Seawood, Brianna J.<br /> Segura Pion, Yarisbel<br /> Self, Daniel C.<br /> Seo, Jangwon<br /> Seo, Joon<br /> Shelton, Kellie M.<br /> Sherman, David S.<br /> Shim, Sol<br /> Shin, Alex H.<br /> Shin, Brandon J.<br /> Shin, Haneul<br /> Shin, Haram<br /> Shin, Matthew M.<br /> Siagian, Yasmine E.<br /> Simon, Madison O.<br /> Sinuhaji, Lady C.<br /> Slade, Shelbi K.<br /> Sloan, Olivia B.<br /> Smith, Connor R.<br /> Smith, Isaac L.<br /> Smith, Juliana M.<br /> Smith, Winter A.<br /> Smoot, Haley E.<br /> Smoot, Hannah K.<br /> Smoot, Heidi N.<br /> Soto Lolandes, Joel A.<br /> Srikureja, Nathaniel K.<br /> Stahl, Laura E.<br /> Staniszewski, Tara V.<br /> Starkey, Emelia J.<br /> Steinweg, Grant J.<br /> Steinweg, Tiffany D.<br /> Stelfox, Jessica A.<br /> Stewart, Eden E.<br /> Sumampouw, Theo N.<br /> Sun, Qizeng<br /> Swerdlow, Jonathan J.<br /> Tagalog, Carlyle F.<br /> Tait, Talisa L.<br /> Tan, Crystal-Anne M.<br /> Taylor, Cynthia D.<br /> Taylor, Joseph W.<br /> Taylor, Kieran M.<br /> Tchamba, Nathanael M.<br /> Thomas, Alexis S.<br /> Thompson, Hanna<br /> Thona, Maryand C.<br /> Tung Nung, Khen K.<br /> Turon, Maya E.<br /> Umuhire, Lisiane G.<br /> Van Schaik, Christian P.<br /> Vargas, Randy D.<br /> Vaughan, Derrek R.<br /> Verhelle, Zachary S.<br /> Viniczay, Julia M.<br /> Vitela, Andres G.<br /> Wagoner, Andrea L.<br /> Walayat, Abraham J.<br /> Walean, Allison S.<br /> Walker, Nicole<br /> Walter, Alyssa M.<br /> Walter, Kylie G.<br /> Wan, Yanlingxue<br /> Ware, Peyton J.<br /> Wasli, Kaitlyn A.<br /> Wear, McKenna J.<br /> Weathersby, Ninfa T.<br /> Weir, Adam P.<br /> Weis, Nicole T.<br /> West, Colin<br /> Whitman, Caleb L.<br /> Wicaksono, Gabriela S.<br /> Wiist, Alexandra J.<br /> Wile, Mikelle<br /> Wiley, Justin D.<br /> Wilkens, Julianne L.<br /> Willard, Jacob<br /> Williams, Kia N.<br /> Williams, Marlan E.<br /> Williams, Nicolai<br /> Williams, Zora S.<br /> Wilson, Alexandra C.<br /> Wilson, Dana A.<br /> Wilson, Kennedi I.<br /> Won, Soyeon<br /> Wood, Isaac O.<br /> Woodard, Olivia R.<br /> Woodruff, Foster B.<br /> Wright, Haley<br /> Xu, Ping<br /> Yoo, Yeo Jin<br /> Yoon, Jonathan J.<br /> Yoon, Taemin<br /> Yoong, Jessica<br /> Young, Jessica L.<br /> Young, Tyler A.<br /> Zdor, Greg W.<br /> Zerna, Aaron<br /> Zhu, Zhilan<br /> Zurek, Autumn N.</p> Thu, 12 Jul 2018 15:07:23 +0000 Statement on Child Detention & Family Separation <p dir="ltr"> &ldquo;For the Lord your God is the God of gods and Lord of lords. He is the great God, the mighty and awesome God, who shows no partiality and cannot be bribed. He ensures that orphans and widows receive justice. He shows love to the foreigners living among you and gives them food and clothing. So you, too, must show love to foreigners, for you yourselves were once foreigners in the land of Egypt.&rdquo; Deuteronomy 10:17&ndash;19<br /> <br /> We join the chorus of voices including the&nbsp;<a href="">North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists</a>&nbsp;(NAD) and the&nbsp;<a href="">Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists</a>&nbsp;(PUC) who have spoken out against the inhumane cruelty being inflicted upon immigrants and refugees&mdash; including their children&mdash;due to the new &ldquo;zero tolerance&rdquo; policy that has was approved by the Executive Branch of the United States and implemented by the Department of Justice.<br /> <br /> The implementation of this policy has led to young children being separated from their parents who, in the majority of cases, are political asylum-seekers from countries such as El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras among others. Rather than processing those claims, it has been reported that they have been taken into custody immediately while having their children taken away from them and detained in&nbsp;<a href="">chain link enclosures</a>&nbsp;in the McAllen Central Processing Station in Texas.</p> <p dir="ltr"> We have also been deeply troubled by the practice of using Scripture to justify this policy that many have engaged in. There are several examples in Scripture of God commanding us to treat those who are not native to our land in the exact same manner that we would treat a family member.<br /> <br /> The book of Ezekiel puts it this way:<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Divide the land within these boundaries among the tribes of Israel. Distribute the land as an allotment for yourselves and for the foreigners who have joined you and are raising their families among you. They will be like native-born Israelites to you and will receive an allotment among the tribes. These foreigners are to be given land within the territory of the tribe with whom they now live. I, the Sovereign Lord, have spoken!&rdquo; Ezekiel 47:21&ndash;23<br /> <br /> God calls His people to take an active part in not only welcoming in the foreigner or stranger that is within our gates, but also to make provision for them&mdash;treating them as if they are members of our own families.</p> <p dir="ltr"> Our ancestors were brought to this country by way of divergent and varying paths. Some migrated to America and forcibly claimed these lands, which were not native to them, as their own. Others were brought to these shores by force and the foundations of this country were built on the backs of their free labor. Still others sought the dream of a better life in this country fleeing war-torn and impoverished communities in their countries of origin.</p> <p dir="ltr"> Throughout America&rsquo;s history, it has indeed been the contributions of our global community that has given it the potential to be a great country. If we ignore and invalidate those contributions and allow close-mindedness to close ourselves off from the rest of the world, America as we know it will cease to exist. We cannot and must not turn a blind eye to the needs of those seeking refuge in our country. As their applications for entry are considered, the very least we can do is treat them humanely.<br /> <br /> America has always prided itself on being the land of the free and the home of the brave. This is a country where people from all different walks of life are endowed with certain inalienable rights&mdash;life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. While this ideal has only been true for some, we believe that as people of faith we are called to stand in the prophetic tradition of Martin Luther King Jr. by speaking truth to power and demanding that this country truly live up to the meaning of its creed for all of its inhabitants, as well as for those seeking refuge here. &nbsp;<br /> <br /> Ultimately, we are called to treat everyone around us with the love of Christ. That love should motivate us to tangible action. Hebrews implores us to:<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Keep on loving each other as brothers and sisters. Don&rsquo;t forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it! Remember those in prison, as if you were there yourself. Remember also those being mistreated, as if you felt their pain in your own bodies.&rdquo; Hebrews 13:1&ndash;3.<br /> <br /> I am reminded of a monumental event that occurred on this date&mdash;June 19&mdash;in 1865. More than two years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, Union General Gordon Granger rode into Galveston, Texas and announced that the 250,000 remaining enslaved people in the state of Texas were free. Since then, June 19 has been celebrated as &ldquo;Juneteenth&rdquo; around the country as a symbol of true emancipation and freedom.<br /> <br /> I am also reminded of a boldly prophetic passage that Ellen G. White released around 1855 in &ldquo;Testimonies for the Church,&rdquo; Volume One. At the time, slavery was still alive and well in this country and many had questions about how we as Christians should respond in the face of immoral laws and policies. In the face of such questions, particularly as it pertained to the &ldquo;<a href="">Fugitive Slave Act of 1850</a>,&rdquo; Sister White penned the following passage:<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We have men placed over us for rulers, and laws to govern the people. Were it not for these laws, the condition of the world would be worse than it is now. Some of these laws are good, others are bad. The bad have been increasing, and we are yet to be brought into strait places. But God will sustain His people in being firm and living up to the principles of His word. When the laws of men conflict with the word and law of God, we are to obey the latter, whatever the consequences may be. The law of our land requiring us to deliver a slave to his master, we are not to obey; and we must abide the consequences of violating this law. The slave is not the property of any man. God is his rightful master, and man has no right to take God's workmanship into his hands, and claim him as his own.&rdquo; Testimonies for the Church, Chapter 37 (201.2).<br /> <br /> Andrews University fully denounces the practice of separating families and detaining immigrants and their children in chain-link enclosures. This practice goes against everything that we stand for as a diverse and welcoming community that seeks to help every member of our institution find their voice and value.<br /> <br /> As Pacific Union Conference President Ricardo Graham said in their statement &ldquo;our thoughts and prayers must turn into actions and deeds.&rdquo; If you&rsquo;d like to read more about those who are working to support and aid these immigrant families, you can find out more&nbsp;<a href="">here</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr"> Michael Nixon<br /> Vice President for Diversity &amp; Inclusion</p> Thu, 21 Jun 2018 08:47:37 +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