Andrews University Agenda News and Events at Andrews University en-us Copyright 2019, Andrews University Tue, 15 Jan 2019 21:13:00 -0000 Tue, 15 Jan 2019 21:13:00 -0000 Obituary for Ruth Elizabeth Merkel <p> Ruth Elizabeth (Vitrano) Merkel was born on November 23, 1931, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Justus and Grace (Parfitt) Vitrano. She died on January 8, 2019, in Ooltewah, Tennessee, at the age of 87 years, 1 month and 16 days.&nbsp;</p> <p> She and L. Eugene Merkel were married on June 10, 1956, and celebrated their 62nd anniversary with all their children and grandchildren present in the summer of 2018. Preceding her in death were her parents, Justus and Grace (Parfitt) Vitrano, her sister, Genevieve Marilla Serns, her brother, Dr. Steven Parfitt Vitrano, and her nephew, Roger Vitrano.</p> <p> After completing school at Fresno Union Academy in Fresno, California, Ruth graduated from La Sierra College with a two year secretarial degree in May 1954. She then attended Emmanuel Missionary College (EMC) in Berrien Springs, Michigan, where she met her husband. Gene was in the U.S. Navy when they were married at the Seventh-day Adventist church in Milton Junction, Wisconsin, where her sister lived. Dr. Floyd O. Rittenhouse performed the ceremony.</p> <p> After finishing hospital corpsmen school, Gene was sent to work in the Naval Hospital in Yokosuka, Japan. Since it was peace time (between the Korean and the Vietnam Wars), Ruth could join him in Japan. After getting settled in their home, Ruth applied for a civil service position at the Naval Hospital and became secretary to Captain Ira C. Nichols, MD, chief of neuro-psychiatry. He was third in command of the entire base, and Ruth got paid more than Gene!</p> <p> They moved to Berrien Springs where Gene graduated with a BS in business in June 1959. While he was studying at EMC, Ruth was hired to be the secretary of Dr. Floyd O. Rittenhouse, president of the college&mdash;the man who&rsquo;d married them! Gene graduated with a BS in business. When Dr. Rittenhouse left his position as president of the college to become president of Andrews University, Ruth worked for a few months as secretary to Dr. Fabian Meier, Dr. Rittenhouse&rsquo;s replacement at EMC.</p> <p> Then she decided to become a stay-at-home mom. They raised their two daughters, Elain and Marcia, while they lived in Lansing, Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, and Berrien Springs, Michigan, where Gene completed his Certified Public Accountant License, earned a Master of Business Administration degree, and a Master of Science in Taxation degree.</p> <p> When they moved back to Berrien Springs in 1976 where Gene opened an accounting office, Ruth worked as secretary to two more Andrews University presidents&mdash;Dr. W. Richard Lesher and Dr. Niels-Erik Andreasen. This made her secretary to four different presidents of Emmanuel Missionary College/Andrews University. Ruth graduated with her bachelor&rsquo;s degree from Andrews University in June 1990, and her boss, the University president, gave her the degree!</p> <p> Ruth was a member of the Algonquin Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution in Michigan. She had two Revolutionary War ancestors:&nbsp; Esek Eddy and Peter Cutler. When her granddaughter was born, Ruth wanted Erin to know of the family legacy and history. So began an adventure of writing six books which told of Erin&rsquo;s heritage as a sixth-generation SDA girl, as well as a 13th generation American girl. The Review and Herald published the series of books entitled &ldquo;Hannah&rsquo;s Girls.&rdquo;</p> <p> Ruth has been a member of the Pioneer Memorial Seventh-day Adventist Church since 1976 until her death in 2019&mdash;a total of 43 years.</p> <p> Survivors include her husband, L. Eugene Merkel; two daughters, Elaine Gracelyn Hotelling and Marcia Louise Irwin; and four grandchildren Erin Castelbuono, Benjamin and Bradley Hotelling, and Rachel Irwin; one great-granddaughter, Quinn Hotelling, a great-grandson on the way, Theodore Castelbuono, one niece, Joyce Vitrano Dirnberger; three nephews, Edwin Vitrano, Donald Serns, and Richard Serns and their families.</p> <p> Visitation hours will be from 10:30 a.m.&ndash;12:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 11, followed by the funeral from 12:30&ndash;1 p.m. at the Chattanooga Funeral Home, Valley View Chapel in Chattanooga. The graveside service will be held from 1:30&ndash;2 p.m. at the National Cemetery in Chattanooga.</p> <p> Instead of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to: Historic Adventist Village, P.O. Box 141, Battle Creek, MI 49016.</p> <p> Please share your thoughts and memories online at <a href=""></a>.</p> <p> Arrangements by Chattanooga Funeral Home, Valley View Chapel, 7414 Old Lee Highway, Chattanooga, TN 37421.</p> Thu, 10 Jan 2019 13:12:33 +0000 Obituary for Margaret Edna Logan <p> Margaret Edna Bohn Logan passed to her rest on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018, in her home in Berrien Township.</p> <p> Margaret was born June 1, 1925, in Pontiac, Michigan, to Edna and William Bohn, a bookkeeper and a machinist respectively. She attended public high school in Pontiac, then Emmanuel Missionary College, Berrien Springs. At EMC she met her future husband, Byron, and they were married in December 1947. Margaret graduated from a nurses&rsquo; training program, Glendale Sanitarium and Hospital, California, in 1948.</p> <p> The couple moved to Maryland in 1954. Byron worked at Review and Herald Publishing Association, and Margaret worked at Washington Sanitarium and Hospital as an Emergency Department RN. Byron and Margaret moved to Michigan in 1998, and Byron passed away in 2002.</p> <p> Margaret passed away in the early morning hours of December 18, 2018. She is survived by two children and their spouses: Carol Stringer and her husband, Warren, of Richmond, Virginia; and Kenneth and his wife, Cheryl, of Berrien Springs. Her other daughter, Mary Catherine Logan Jenks, predeceased her. She also is survived by seven grandchildren: Marilee Jenks Lambie, Robert Stringer, Clara with her husband Mathew, Andrew with his wife Michaela, David, Julie and Jonathan Logan; and three great-grandchildren: Lillianna Joy Meyer and James Wesley Meyer of Wisconsin; and Audrey Sierra Logan of California.</p> <p> A service in memory of Margaret was held in the Pioneer Memorial Church sanctuary, campus of Andrews University, on Tuesday, Jan. 8, at 4 p.m. A private interment, under the auspices of Allred Funeral Home, occurred at Rose Hill Cemetery earlier that day.</p> Wed, 09 Jan 2019 23:41:12 +0000 Death of Michelle (Adame) Rodriguez <p> <strong>NOTE: </strong><br /> A local service is planned for Michelle on Wednesday, January 9, at 6:30 p.m. in the Spanish Seventh-day Adventist Church, 210 W Ferry Street, Berrien Springs.</p> <p> Michelle Rodriguez (formerly known as Michelle Adame), age 29, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday evening, January 2, 2019. While visiting family in Chiapas, Mexico, she contracted pneumonia and passed away in a hospital bed beside her beloved husband Nestor.</p> <p> Michelle was born on January 17, 1989, in the Adventist hospital in Montemorelos, Nuevo Leon, Mexico and spent her childhood in McAllen, Texas. She attended South Texas Christian Academy for most of her educational upbringing. After the death of her father Juan Andres Adame, she and her family moved to Berrien Springs, Michigan, in 2006 in search of Christian higher education. She graduated from Andrews Academy in 2007, going on to attend Andrews University with the rest of her siblings, from 2007 to 2013. She graduated with her bachelor&rsquo;s degree in Secondary Education with an emphasis in English literature and ESL. She also did her student teaching internship at Ruth Murdoch Elementary School in Berrien Springs</p> <p> Michelle was hired as a teacher for Grades 5 and 6 at the Holbrook Indian School in Arizona, where&nbsp;she spent three years working until God opened up the door to her next ministry of teaching Secondary English at Jefferson Christian Academy in East Texas. She loved her students passionately, as made evident through her interactions and in the outpouring of herself in her teaching. While working in Jefferson, she met Nestor Rodriguez, and they were married a year later.</p> <p> Michelle always gave herself in service to others. Her kind soul would always be quick to look for ways in which she could offer up her help, and she was always the first to check in on family and strike up lengthy, heartfelt conversations. She had a heart for mission and service, traveling to India, to Ecuador, to Tanzania, to Nicaragua, and to a number of other places to spread the love of Jesus as well as to lend a hand to others. She was incredibly active within her church, serving as a children&rsquo;s Sabbath School teacher. She also loved to play the ukulele in church as a part of her music ministry, which she shared passionately with Nestor.</p> <p> Above all else, Michelle had a heart for the Lord. He in His grace established her as a mighty pillar, without whom her family says they wouldn&rsquo;t be where they are now. Her favorite book to read and reread was &quot;Messiah&quot; by Jerry D. Thomas. She truly lived up to her namesake, &ldquo;Who is like God.&rdquo;</p> <p> Michelle is survived by her loving husband Nestor Rodriguez, her mother Diana, a current Andrews University employee, her siblings Lilly, John, Chris, Kimberly, and her twin sister Gisselle. A memorial service is planned to take place in Jefferson Christian Academy on Sabbath, Jan. 12, at 2 p.m. If you would like to contribute financially, you may kindly do so here: <a href=";utm_medium=social&amp;utm_campaign=fb_dn_cpgnstaticsmall_r">;utm_medium=social&amp;utm_campaign=fb_dn_cpgnstaticsmall_r</a></p> <p> If you wish, comments for the family may be left below.</p> Tue, 08 Jan 2019 09:35:35 +0000 Obituary for Judy May Aitken <p> A spiritual giant in the form of a humble, compassionate woman, Judy May Aitken peacefully fell asleep in Jesus on the morning of December 10, 2018, at her home in Eau Claire. She was surrounded by her loving family. Though cancer swiftly took her body physically, her mind remained sharp and her spirit strong, allowing her to commune with Jesus, her best friend, till the end.</p> <p> Judy was born May 2, 1943, in Joplin, Missouri, the daughter of missionary-minded educators, Dr. and Mrs. Boyd Olson. Her life is characterized by a commitment to outreach and missions. Though her career began as a homemaker and registered nurse, she gained a passion for refugees and embarked on a missionary journey of more than 40 years of service. As founder of ASAP Ministries, a non-profit organization serving the persecuted, poor, unreached and refugees, based in Berrien Springs, Judy leaves behind a legacy of love and a charge for us all to keep our eyes focused on Christ and world-wide service.</p> <p> Survivors include a large family-of-God, including her three children; Jay Aitken (Jill), Jolene Roosenberg (John), and Julia O&rsquo;Carey (A.J.); along with her eight grandchildren: Axel Aitken, Kaila and Liana O&rsquo;Carey, Ayewin, Josselyn, John III, Yan and Joelle Roosenberg.</p> <p> Judy&rsquo;s family warmly invites all who knew and loved her to attend her funeral to be held on Friday, Dec. 21, at Pioneer Memorial Church in Berrien Springs. The service will take place at 10:30 a.m. with a burial service following at Rose Hill Cemetery. Online messages to <a href=""></a>.</p> Tue, 18 Dec 2018 15:33:48 +0000 Death of Anna Lucia Kim <p> We are saddened to inform the campus of the death of Anna Lucia Kim, a graduate of Andrews University. Anna passed away on Friday, Nov. 30, in a tragic car accident in Berrien County.</p> <h4> Life Sketch</h4> <p> Anna Lucia Kim was born in Seoul, South Korea, on February 2, 1994, to the lovely Kim family. She was such a joyful and heart-warming child to her parents as she was the first-born. Her musical passion started early on. She started playing on a keyboard at age 3. She entertained herself and her parents by singing and dancing along with the kids&rsquo; show &ldquo;Barney &amp; Friends.&rdquo; As she grew up in Korea and the U.S., she really nourished her musical talents.</p> <p> Anna was an outgoing, social and energetic person with lots of talents in other areas, as well. She loved swimming, scuba diving, playing soccer, painting, taking photographs, cooking and being creative with different styles of facial makeup. She was also a natural at looking after her dear friends.</p> <p> As a choir member at Highland View Academy in Maryland, Anna&rsquo;s voice grew more mature, and she started performing domestically and internationally. When she came to Andrews University, she decided on a major in sociology and continued her passion for music by choosing it as a minor. She received her Bachelor of Science in 2016 and completed a master&rsquo;s degree in community &amp; international development.</p> <p> Anna&rsquo;s special songs and performances brightened and touched the hearts of many people. Furthermore, most of her internships were music-focused with Primo Artists in New York and the Grand Rapids Symphony in Michigan.</p> <p> For years to come people will always comment on the warmth and welcome they felt with Anna.</p> <p> Anna left us too soon when her life was tragically cut short in a car accident in Berrien County, Michigan, on Friday, November 30, 2018.</p> <p> Goodbye for now, dear Anna. We will see you soon!</p> <h4> Memorial Service</h4> <p> On Wednesday, Dec. 5, a memorial service was held for Anna at 4:30 p.m. in the Howard Performing Arts Center. Anna's father and sister were present for the memorial service. For those unable to attend, the service was livestreamed and is available to view <a href="">here</a>.</p> <h4> Support and Care</h4> <p> Counselors (at the Counseling &amp; Testing Center in Bell Hall) and chaplains (at Campus Ministries in the Campus Center) continue to be available during normal office hours for those in our campus community in need of support or care. Please call 269-471-3470 to set an appointment with a counselor.</p> <p> In the evenings, counselors will also be available as follows:</p> <ul> <li> Sunday, Dec. 2, 6&ndash;8 p.m. in Lamson Hall</li> <li> Monday, Dec. 3, 6&ndash;8 p.m. in Meier Hall</li> <li> Thursday, Dec. 6, 6&ndash;8 p.m. in University Towers</li> </ul> <p> Please remember Anna&rsquo;s family and friends in your thoughts and prayers as they mourn this difficult loss. You are invited to share memories and condolences with the family below.</p> Tue, 04 Dec 2018 17:33:10 +0000 Update From PMC Regarding Pastor Dwight Nelson <p> On Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018, Dwight K. Nelson, lead pastor at Pioneer Memorial Church, took the pastoral team and their families on a Christmas excursion. Following a delightful meal, they headed to a nearby ice skating rink. The team is thankful for the time together!</p> <p> Season's cheer was in the crisp, cool air as the pastor's kids and the rest of the team circled around the rink. A few huddled on the sidelines while laughing, taking pictures and waving through the merry gang of PMC skaters. Almost an hour after getting on the ice, Pastor Nelson incurred an injury to his right hip and right shoulder. Everyone is thankful that he did not hit his head on the ice.</p> <p> The staff from the arena responded professionally, assessing the situation and calling for the paramedics. They even responded warmly to the suggestion from one of the other pastors. That suggestion was that along with the paramedics, they include a local marching band to escort him to a local hospital where he would get x-rays taken (unfortunately, they were not available). On arriving at the hospital, they were received and attended with great care. Thank you to all who work in medical services for the professionalism and attentiveness you offer your patients.</p> <p> As of December 3, Pastor Dwight went through his first successful surgery for his hip, and on December 5 he is scheduled to go into surgery again to attend to his shoulder. During this season we are reminded of many things, but today we are thankful that even through the disruptions this life brings God is watching over us. He is the Lead Physician and the Loving Shepherd.</p> <p> We welcome your prayers and cards. We have set up a CaringBridge site (<a href=""></a>) to read updates as they are made available and for you to leave your words of encouragement (we are not setting up a donation portal through CaringBridge). At the present time, we are asking for no one to visit so that Pastor Dwight can have the necessary rest and recovery important in these early days post surgery. If you have care packages or cards, please feel free to deliver them to the church office. The pastoral staff will ensure they are delivered.</p> Tue, 04 Dec 2018 12:00:46 +0000 Dennis Hollingsead Recertified as CFRE <p> Alexandria, VA&mdash;CFRE International is proud to announce Dennis Howard Hollingsead has recertified as a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE). Dennis Howard Hollingsead, prospect management officer for Andrews University, joins over 6,300 professionals around the world who hold<br /> the CFRE designation.</p> <p> Individuals granted the CFRE credential have met a series of standards set by CFRE International which include tenure in the profession, education, and demonstrated fundraising achievement. They have also passed a rigorous written examination testing the knowledge, skills and abilities required of a fundraising executive and have agreed to uphold Accountability Standards and the Donor Bill of Rights.</p> <p> &ldquo;The CFRE credential was created to identify for the public and employers those individuals who possess the knowledge, skills and commitment to perform fundraising duties in an effective and ethical manner,&rdquo; states CFRE International president and CEO Eva E. Aldrich, PhD, CAE, (CFRE<br /> 2001&ndash;2016). &ldquo;As the certification is a voluntary achievement, the CFRE certification demonstrates a high level of commitment on the part of Dennis Howard Hollingsead to the fundraising profession and the donors who are served.&rdquo;</p> <p> CFRE recipients are awarded certification for a three-year period. To maintain certification status, certificants must demonstrate ongoing fundraising employment and fundraising results and continue with their professional education. Employers and donors who work with CFREs know they are getting<br /> a professional who is committed to the best outcomes for their organization and has the requisite knowledge and skills.</p> <p> The CFRE certification signifies a confident, ethical fundraising professional. Since 1981, CFRE has set standards for fundraising professionals. As the only globally recognized fundraising certification, CFRE indicates professionalism, confidence and ethics. It is how today&rsquo;s fundraiser shows accountability, service and commitment to making a difference for good. The CFRE certification program is accredited by the American National Standards Institute and is the only accredited certification for fundraising professionals.</p> <p> As the premier global credential for career fundraisers, the CFRE designation is endorsed and supported by the world&rsquo;s leading professional and philanthropic associations, including:</p> <ul> <li> <a href="">Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP)</a></li> <li> <a href="">Association of Fundraising Consultants (AFC)</a></li> <li> <a href="">Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP)</a></li> <li> <a href="">Association of Lutheran Development Executives (ALDE)</a></li> <li> <a href="">Association of Philanthropic Counsel (APC)</a></li> <li> <a href="">Boy Scouts of America (BSA)</a></li> <li> <a href="">Brazilian Fundraisers Association (ABCR)</a></li> <li> <a href="">China Association of Fundraising Professionals (CAFP)</a></li> <li> <a href="">Canadian Association of Gift Planners&mdash;Association Canadienne des Professionnels en Dons Planifies (CAGP-ACPDP)</a></li> <li> <a href="">Educate Plus</a></li> <li> <a href="">European Fundraising Association (EFA)</a></li> <li> <a href="">Fundraising Institute Australia (FIA)</a></li> <li> <a href="">Fundraising Institute New Zealand (FINZ)</a></li> <li> <a href="">The Giving Institute</a></li> <li> <a href="">International Catholic Stewardship Council (ICSC)</a></li> <li> <a href="">Japan Fundraising Association (JFRA)</a></li> <li> <a href="">Kenya Association of Fundraising Professionals (KAFP)</a></li> <li> <a href="">Korea Society of Philanthropy (KSoP)</a></li> <li> <a href="">National Association of Cancer Center Development Officers (NACCDO)</a></li> <li> <a href="">National Association of Charitable Gift Planners (CGP)</a></li> <li> <a href="">National Catholic Development Conference (NCDC)</a></li> <li> <a href="">New England Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (NEAHP)</a></li> <li> <a href="">North American YMCA Development Organization (NAYDO)</a></li> <li> <a href="">Texas Association of Community College Foundations (TACCF)</a></li> <li> <a href="">United Way Worldwide (UWW)</a></li> <li> <a href="">Virginia Association of Fundraising Executives</a></li> </ul> <p> CFRE International congratulates Dennis Howard Hollingsead for recertifying and continually upholding the key principles of the CFRE designation.</p> <p> For more information, please visit <a href=""></a> or call 703-820-5555.</p> Thu, 29 Nov 2018 17:49:50 +0000 Honorable Mention for Peckham's "Theodicy of Love" <p> John Peckham, professor of theology and Christian philosophy, has written a book, &quot;Theodicy of Love,&quot; that received honorable mention in WORLD magazine's &quot;Accessible Theology Book of the Year&quot; category. Learn more:</p> <ul> <li> <a href=""></a></li> <li> <a href=""></a></li> </ul> Thu, 29 Nov 2018 15:51:03 +0000