Andrews University Agenda News and Events at Andrews University en-us Copyright 2018, Andrews University Wed, 17 Jan 2018 13:09:00 -0000 Wed, 17 Jan 2018 13:09:00 -0000 Death of Former President Joseph Grady Smoot <p> Joseph Grady Smoot, 85, of Pittsburg, Kansas, died Friday Jan. 5, 2018 at Via Christi Village. He had been a resident since January 2015. He served as president of Andrews University from 1976 to 1983. His tenure saw many significant accomplishments as outlined in the following life sketch. All four of his grandchildren, Hannah, Haley, Eric and Heidi Smoot, are current Andrews University students and their mother, Shari Nash Smoot, serves as the executive assistant to David Faehner, vice president of University Advancement. His son,&nbsp;Andrew Christopher Smoot of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, served in the development office at Andrews University from May 2000 to July 2002, when the family went as missionaries to Kenya.&nbsp;</p> <p> A memorial service will be held Wednesday, Jan. 17, at 11 a.m. in the Timmons Chapel at Pittsburg State University, Kansas, for colleagues and friends of Pittsburg State University and the community of Pittsburg. On Sunday, Feb. 11, a Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11 a.m. at the Fox Valley Seventh-day Adventist Church in Neenah, Wisconsin with Pastor Carlos Ancheta officiating. Burial will be in the Underhill Cemetery, Underhill, Wisconsin.</p> <p> Please remember his family and friends as they mourn his passing.</p> <p> <strong>LIFE SKETCH</strong></p> <p> Joseph Grady Smoot was born May 7, 1932, in Winter Haven, Florida to Robert Malcolm Smoot and Vera Eaton Smoot McNutt. Smoot received a Bachelor of Arts from Southern Missionary College in Collegedale, Tennessee in 1955, and Master of Arts and PhD in history in 1961 from the University of Kentucky.</p> <p> He married Florence Rozell on May 30, 1955. He married Irma Jean Smoot on June 4, 1959.</p> <p> He served as academic dean at Columbia Union College and dean of graduate studies at Andrews University where he also became vice president for academic affairs and later president. He held the academic rank of professor of history at Andrews from 1968 to 1983. He led Andrews to professional accreditation in several fields of knowledge, created the first strategic master plan, launched the first comprehensive capital campaign, and built numerous buildings. He instituted doctoral programs of study, developed a world system of affiliated higher education, and led the University to full accreditation of the Doctor of Philosophy. Under his leadership, the School of Business Administration, School of Education and College of Technology were established, as well as the Department of Architecture and programs in physical therapy. He developed the Andrews University Press as a scholarly publisher and created the Institute for Prevention of Addictions. Additionally, he reached into the community, establishing strong relationships with Whirlpool executives, which resulted in further gifts and improved community relations. He was also the leading founder of the University of Eastern Africa in Kenya.</p> <p> While at Pittsburg State University in Kansas, he was the vice president of Development and Public Affairs. During that time, he organized the PSU Foundation, established the public radio station KRPS, founded the university magazine, and created a substantial endowment fund for university operations. He brought one of America&rsquo;s finest concert organs to the campus and provided funding for numerous building and renovation projects. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the university campus was a special project to him. After retirement, he returned as assistant to the president of Pittsburg State University and vice president emeritus.</p> <p> In 1994, he became a director of Gold Bank Pittsburg and served for nine years in that capacity. In 1999, the Pittsburg City Commission appointed him to a four-year term to the Pittsburg Public Library Board of Trustees where he became a founder of the PPL Foundation in 2000 and its president in 2004. The Pittsburg City Commission appointed him to a second four-year term to the Board of Trustees in 2003. In 2001, he became a founder of the Pittsburg Area Community Foundation and served on its Board of Trustees.</p> <p> He was a member of Phi Alpha Theta, the national honorary society for history. Widely published as a historian, he has nearly 700 publications. As an educator, he became a national authority on the accreditation of higher education. He was a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International. Widely traveled, he has visited over 100 countries on seven continents.</p> <p> Survivors include his son, Andrew Christopher Smoot of Oshkosh, Wisconsin; brother Wayne McNutt of Winter Park, Florida; and four grandchildren. Hannah, Haley, Eric and Heidi Smoot of Berrien Springs, Michigan.</p> <p> Smoot was preceded in death by his first wife, Florence, in 1957, and second wife, Irma Jean, on June 18, 1999; grandson Christopher Nash Smoot, one brother, two sisters and one half-brother.</p> Thu, 11 Jan 2018 17:50:41 +0000 Warren G. Popp Passes Away <p> Warren G. Popp, 89, of Berrien Springs, passed away Monday morning, Jan. 8, 2018, at his home.</p> <p> He is the father-in-law of Tari Popp, director of Planned Giving &amp; Trust Services.</p> <p> A full obituary is available <a href="">here</a>.</p> Wed, 10 Jan 2018 18:12:59 +0000 Sarah Village Passes Away <p> On Friday, Dec. 15, Sarah Beth Village passed away at her home. She was surrounded by the love and support of her friends and family members not only on this day but through the past few months as she battled with cancer. Her husband David is the assistant dean of the School of Health Professions and a professor in the Department of Physical Therapy. They have two daughters, Alison and Audra Vilag.</p> <p> A Celebration of Life service took place on Wednesday, Dec. 27, at 2 p.m. in the Howard Performing Arts Center on the campus of Andrews University with Pastor Dan Rachor officiating. Friends wishing to leave the family a message of condolence may do so at <a href=""></a>. You are invited to make a donation to the Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy in lieu of flowers.</p> Wed, 20 Dec 2017 16:33:27 +0000 David H. Bauer Memorial Service <div> David Bauer, former community member and Andrews University vice president for University Advancement, passed away on Oct. 24, 2017 in Flat Rock, North Carolina. There will be a memorial service at Pioneer Memorial Church on Sabbath afternoon, Dec. 9, at 3 p.m. followed by a reception in the PMC Commons. Condolences can be sent to Marilyn J. Bauer, 73 Fuchsia Rd, Hendersonville NC 28792.</div> Wed, 29 Nov 2017 17:59:10 +0000 "When My Daddy Died" <p> AS I WAS RECENTLY DRIVING to the store with my 17-month-old daughter, I saw a man standing on the side of the road who reminded me of my father. The emotions flooded over me and the tears poured down my face. I immediately calmed myself by quietly saying, &ldquo;Sherine, Daddy is resting in Jesus. You will see him again. Remain faithful.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p> &lt;&lt;&lt; Read Sherine's full story in the Nov/Dec issue of&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Lake Union Herald</a> &gt;&gt;&gt;</p> Thu, 16 Nov 2017 13:15:21 +0000 David H. Bauer Passes Away <p> David H. Bauer passed away on Tuesday evening, October 24, 2017. A memorial service will be held in Hendersonville, North Carolina, on November 18 (time TBD). There will be a graveside service and reception in Berrien Springs, Michigan, at a later date. David formerly served as the vice president for Advancement at Andrews University. He and his wife, Marilyn, were longtime members of the Andrews University and Berrien Springs communities.</p> Sun, 12 Nov 2017 19:34:54 +0000 Alumnus Thomas Zirkle Receives Fellowship <p> Thomas Zirkle, recent alumni and graduate student at Notre Dame, received the NSF GRFP fellowship grant last year and recently was the recipient of the 2017-2018 STEM Chateaubriand Fellowship.</p> Thu, 02 Nov 2017 20:52:48 +0000 Kathleen Ekkens Passes Away <p> Kathleen Ekkens, 77, of Berrien Springs, Michigan, died Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, at her home.</p> <p> Funeral services will be at 11 a.m., Friday, Oct. 27, at Pioneer Memorial Church on the campus of Andrews University, Berrien Springs. Friends are invited to visit from 6&ndash;8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, at Allred Funeral Home, Berrien Springs, and to leave online messages at <a href="" target="_blank"></a>. Memorial donations may be made to WAUS Radio c/o Andrews University or to Camp Au Sable, Grayling, Michigan.</p> <p> Kathy was born December 18, 1939, in Battle Creek, Michigan, the daughter of Carolyn (Everest) and Donald Moon. She lived in Berrien Springs for the last 25 years and was a member of Pioneer Memorial Church. She retired in 2009 from the Seminary at Andrews University, where she had been a secretary.</p> <p> Survivors include her three daughters, Laura Keller, Julie Verhelle and Karen Case; her son, John Holland; 10 grandchildren; and her sister, Eileen Horne.</p> <p> She was preceded in death by her parents, Donald Moon and Carolyn Lawson, and her brother, Donald &ldquo;Bud&rdquo; Moon.</p> Thu, 26 Oct 2017 14:52:11 +0000