Andrews University Agenda News and Events at Andrews University en-us Copyright 2018, Andrews University Sat, 21 Jul 2018 19:27:00 -0000 Sat, 21 Jul 2018 19:27:00 -0000 Memorial Service for Ann Troy <p> On Sunday, July 15, Ann Troy passed away after a two-year battle with cancer. Ann&rsquo;s daughter is Carmelita Troy, associate professor of accounting.<br /> <br /> The memorial service for Ann will be held at 12 p.m. on Friday, August 3, 2018, at the Michiana Fil-Am Church, 8454 Kephart Lane, Berrien Springs, Michigan 49103-9569. Time to visit with the family will be at the church from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.<br /> <br /> The family asks that, in honor of Ann, those attending the memorial service wear, if possible, something blue (in her favorite Wedgwood or Spode Blue Room colors).<br /> <br /> In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Fil-Am SDA Church Pathfinder Club.</p> Thu, 19 Jul 2018 12:32:35 +0000 Death of Robert A. Wilkins Jr. <p> Robert (Bob) A. Wilkins Jr., professor of chemistry, emeritus, died Monday, July 2, 2018, following complications with pneumonia. Bob served as chair of the Andrews University Department of Chemistry from 1971&ndash;1988, when he resumed full-time teaching until his retirement on July 1, 2002. Bob was a dedicated Christian and an esteemed professor who influenced the lives of thousands of students during his career.</p> <p> His memorial service will take place Sabbath, July 7, at 4 p.m. in Pioneer Memorial Church (visitation begins at 3 p.m.). Online messages and memories may be shared at&nbsp;<a href=""></a>.</p> <p> In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Bob&rsquo;s memory to two projects at Andrews&mdash;the Department of Chemistry/Biochemistry and the Horn Museum.&nbsp;Gifts may be made online at&nbsp;<a href=""></a>,&nbsp;or checks may be mailed to Andrews University, Office of Development, 8903 U.S. 31, Berrien Springs MI&nbsp;49104.</p> <p> Please remember his family, friends and University colleagues in prayer as they mourn his passing.</p> <h4> Life Sketch</h4> <p> Robert Archibald Wilkins Jr. was born July 19, 1938, to Robert and Dorothy Wilkins in Wauseon, Ohio. His paternal grandfather, Dr. Archibald Wilkins, a physician, assisted with the delivery. Bob&rsquo;s family lived in Columbus, Ohio, until 1945, then moved to Chillicothe, Ohio, and then to Lancaster, Ohio, in 1952.</p> <p> Bob attended public schools, took clarinet lessons, and enjoyed bicycle riding and playing baseball in the summer. His sister, Jean Anne, completed the family on February 8, 1940. Bob&rsquo;s father was a pharmaceutical salesman. While Bob was sick with a childhood disease he began collecting stamps and baseball cards, especially the Cleveland Indians. This became a lifelong hobby.</p> <p> Bob graduated from Lancaster High School in June 1956. While living in Lancaster, Bob, his mother and sister attended the Seventh-day Adventist church. Bob was baptized in the Lancaster church in 1956. The religious influence was from his paternal grandmother, Bertha Morris Wilkins, who was a strict Seventh-day Adventist. Bob&rsquo;s father, who was raised as an Adventist, attended Emmanuel Missionary College (EMC) with Floyd Rittenhouse, who later became president of EMC.</p> <p> After graduating from high school, Bob drove to EMC in Berrien Springs, Michigan, to work in the book bindery for the summer before starting his freshman year. Shortly after beginning his chemistry studies at EMC, he was summoned to the president&rsquo;s office. Unbeknownst to Bob, his paternal grandmother had sent a letter to President Rittenhouse to tell him that her grandson would be attending and to assure President Rittenhouse that Bob would be a better student than his father had been! While working in the book bindery during his junior year, Beth Foster came to work there. Bob graduated from EMC in June 1961 and continued his studies at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, where he completed a Master of Science but continued his relationship with Beth. They married in 1962, after she graduated from Andrews University.</p> <p> Bob returned to work as a teaching assistant for a short time at Andrews, then he and Beth moved to Pennsylvania State University in State College, Pennsylvania, where he received his doctorate in chemistry on August 26, 1973. Here he met and became friends with the Bill Davidson and Von Dorpowski families and was instrumental in founding the nearby Seventh-day Adventist church.</p> <p> In 1971 Bob and Beth returned to Andrews, where he served as chair of the Department of Chemistry from 1971&ndash;1988, when he returned to full-time teaching until he retired on July 1, 2002. Bob received the annual Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence several times and was also selected as Teacher of the Year numerous times. Bob and Beth were very generous to students and each year had two students live with them.</p> <p> While at Andrews, a young chemistry major by the name of Bill Mutch had Bob for a professor. In 1973 Bob hired Bill Mutch as a fellow professor. Bob, Beth, Bill and Pat were neighbors and planned several summer vacations together, including backpacking and hiking in Teton National Park, Glacier National Park and the Trinity Alps in Northern California. Bob cherished his relationships with his colleagues such as Ralph Scorpio, Peter Wong and David Steen, to mention just a few.</p> <p> On June 21, 1979, Bob experienced a sudden loss. His wife, Beth, died unexpectedly while at his sister&rsquo;s house in Flint, Michigan.&nbsp;</p> <p> Some time after Beth&rsquo;s death, Bob married Jean Fisher, who had recently joined the Seventh-day Adventist church. Jean&rsquo;s two teenage daughters, Karen and Mary, also lived with them. Bob and Jean were together for nearly 10 years, but as time went on, they found their interests and commitments were quite different and they grew apart.</p> <p> In 1991, while attending Singles Club events, Bob met Fran Watkinson. They were married on March 17, 1992, and celebrated their 26th wedding anniversary this year. They loved to travel together and also participated in many volunteer projects. They traveled to Czechoslovakia, Germany, Austria, Netherlands, Poland, Estonia, Russia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Australia, New Zealand and Fiji. They enjoyed warm winters in Florida, western Mexico helping to construct an orphanage, and Arizona. Bob also served on the board of Reach International and traveled to Romania to assist with caring and nurturing the orphans. In 2009 they traveled to Jordan to participate in a &ldquo;dig&rdquo; at Tall Jalul after which they enjoyed a Mediterranean cruise. Bob was fascinated by archaeology and believed it to be extremely important in validating the Bible. He often volunteered as a docent at the Horn Museum.</p> <p> In recent years Bob was a devoted Sabbath School teacher and developed a seminar about creation versus evolution&mdash;with the literal seven-day creation as the foundation of his beliefs. He treasured the fellowship of their Friday evening Bible study group as well.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Bob became ill in late May, thinking that he had only a cold. On May 26, he was admitted to the hospital with a diagnosis of pneumonia. Pastors Skip Bell and Don Dronen visited and prayed with Bob several times. It was hoped that Bob would recover and be discharged to begin rehabilitation. Despite the many prayers and excellent care and treatment, Bob was unable to recover.</p> <p> Survivors include his wife, Fran Watkinson, whom he married in 1992; sister, Jean (Kent) Bermingham; niece, Susan (Nico) Franano; nephew, Kent (Charity) Bermingham Jr.; great-nephews and nieces Aaron, Andrew, Catherine Grace and Enzo; and stepdaughter, Jackie (John) Hilderbrandt. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Beth May Foster Wilkins, whom he married in 1962; and niece Kellie Susan Bermingham.</p> Thu, 05 Jul 2018 18:22:08 +0000 Gratitude from Desrene Vernon-Brebnor <p> Dear President, Faculty &amp; Staff of AU:</p> <p> Thank you so much for your expression of sympathy in the beautiful flowers sent to my dad's funeral in NY last weekend. Your thoughts and prayers were/are greatly appreciated.</p> <p> Blessings,</p> <p> DVB</p> <p> Desrene L. Vernon-Brebnor, PhD<br /> Graduate Program Director &amp; Asst. Professor<br /> Department of Visual Art, Communication &amp; Design</p> Thu, 05 Jul 2018 17:58:38 +0000 Death of William Davidson <p> William (Bill) W. Davidson, professor of engineering, emeritus, died Wednesday, June 20, at 12:05 p.m. Bill joined the faculty of Andrews University in 1970 and served as dean of the College of Technology from 1974&ndash;1982, when he returned to the classroom to teach engineering and architecture. He was actively involved with the School of Architecture even after his retirement.</p> <p> His funeral will take place Tuesday, June 26, at 4 p.m. (viewing begins at 3 p.m.) at Pioneer Memorial Church. Please remember his family and University colleagues in your prayers as they mourn his passing.</p> Thu, 21 Jun 2018 16:37:24 +0000 Bruce Moyer Welcomes Visits <div> Bruce Moyer, former professor in the Department of World Mission in the seminary, is currently at Hanson/Pine Ridge Rehab Center at 6438 Cleveland Ave. in Stevensville, undergoing physical therapy.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> He welcomes visits. Simply call or text his number at ‭269-277-2291‬ first. He will be there for approximately a week before he is transferred elsewhere.</div> Wed, 20 Jun 2018 15:18:35 +0000 Memorial Service for Rick Ledesma <p> We are saddened to inform the campus of the death of Rick Ledesma, husband of Janet Ledesma, professor of leadership. Rick died Friday, June 15, following a hard-fought battle with brain cancer.</p> <p> Please remember the Ledesma family in your thoughts and prayers as they process this difficult loss. You are invited to share memories and condolences with the family below.</p> <div> Rick&rsquo;s Celebration of Life will be held at Pioneer Memorial Church on Saturday, June 23, 2018, at 3:30 p.m. If you are unable to attend, the celebration will be live streamed (we will share the link once it is available).</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that all donations be sent to the Berrien County Cancer Service (7301 Red Arrow Highway, Stevensville, MI 49127; Attn: Nancy Church, director). The BCCS was there for Rick and the family in many ways from the beginning to the end of the GBM journey. The family would like to share this same blessing with other families on their cancer journeys.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> The family is also requesting that due to the high volume of interest, all questions be directed to Rick Ledesma's Fight Against Brain Cancer Facebook page or to Evelyn Perez (269-471-3487). Thank you for the outpouring of love, support and prayers, and messages you have provided to the family during this very difficult time.</div> Wed, 20 Jun 2018 15:12:50 +0000 Funeral Service for Tracy Seitenstich <div> Tracy&nbsp;Seitenstich, 37, died on Sunday, June 3, from injuries sustained in a car accident near Dowagiac, Michigan.&nbsp;Tracy&nbsp;worked at Andrews University for seven years, most recently in customer service at LithoTech. Please remember her family and co-workers in your thoughts and prayers as they deal with this tragic loss.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Services for Tracy will take place on <strong>Monday, June 11.&nbsp;</strong>Visitation is from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., with the&nbsp;funeral&nbsp;immediately following at:</div> <div> <div> Faith United Methodist</div> <div> 728 N Detroit Street<br /> Buchanan MI&nbsp; 49107</div> <div> (269) 695-3261</div> </div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> A memorial fund for Tracy's daughter Kelsey is being established.&nbsp;Donations should be made out to Brendan Carlsen,&nbsp;with a notation that it is for the Kelsey Brown Trust Account, to the following address:</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Brendan Carlsen</div> <div> 2776 Hoyt</div> <div> Niles MI&nbsp; 49120<br /> <br /> <div> <h2> Obituary</h2> <p> On June 3, 2018, the world unexpectedly lost Tracy Louise Seitenstich, 37, of Dowagiac, whose light was extinguished without a final farewell.</p> </div> <div> <p> A celebration of life service will be at 12:30&nbsp;p.m. Monday, June 11, 2018, at Faith United Methodist Church, 728 N. Detroit St., Buchanan. She will be laid to rest at Oak Ridge Cemetery, Buchanan. Those wishing to visit with the family may do so two hours prior to the service at the church. Memorial contributions may be made in care of Brendan Carlsen for her daughter Kelsey&rsquo;s trust. Those wishing to send a condolence online may do so at&nbsp;<a href=""></a>.</p> </div> <div> <div data-google-query-id="CMnx9sOsxNsCFVo-Twod47kM8A" id="fixed-big-ad-top-asset"> Tracy was celebrated into the world Dec. 4, 1980, to Phillip and Cindy (Barrett) Seitenstich in Berrien Center. She graduated from Great Lakes Adventist Academy in 2000. On June 13, 2004, she gave a measure of her light to her daughter, Kelsey, when she welcomed her into the world.</div> </div> <div> <p> Tracy was a woman of few words and fueled her spirit with a quiet passion for music. Whether the melancholic strains of David Gray, the elastic vocals of Freddie Mercury, the airy lilt of Christina Perri or the flinty edges of Billy Idol, Tracy preferred the word of the song to her own. She carried a keychain with the phrase, &ldquo;when words fail music speaks.&rdquo; Tracy played the piano and flute and gifted her lovely voice to the weddings of her siblings.</p> </div> <div> <p> When she spoke, she was characteristically blunt and to the point, and the only things she sugarcoated were the confections she experimented with in the kitchen. She decried the tried-and-true desserts for things as uniquely individual as herself and enjoyed sharing with her family delicacies they had never known to exist. And she loved coffee.</p> </div> <div> <p> As in the kitchen, Tracy was an artist behind the easel as well. She enjoyed painting, admiring such greats as Bob Ross and Edvard Munch, and spent time crafting jewelry.</p> </div> <div> <p> Tracy loved reading and the art of wordplay. She could lose herself in multiple stories simultaneously, and partially read books lay waiting in every room. She scoffed at the idea of movies made from books and had a deep respect for all things pun, especially embracing the juncture at which puns and music coalesced. Tracy had a bitter sense of humor, an ironic wit and a quiet, unobtrusive laugh that lit her beautiful eyes from the light she held inside her. The world is now darker for having lost her glow.</p> </div> <div> <div data-google-query-id="CISX98OsxNsCFVa7TwodjIoDhA" id="fixed-big-ad-middle-asset"> <div id="google_ads_iframe_/209328487/heraldpalladium/obituaries_7__container__"> She possessed a love of horses and spending time outdoors, often horseback riding, hiking through the woods or at the dunes on the Michigan lakeshore or sitting in the stands cheering the University of Michigan football team (Go Blue).</div> </div> </div> <div> <p> The greatest love of her life was her daughter, Kelsey, with whom she shared every passion of her life.</p> </div> <div> <p> Grieving her loss are her parents, Phillip and Cindy Seitenstich; daughter, Kelsey Brown; sister, Tara (Brendan) Carlsen; brother, Phillip &ldquo;P.J.&rdquo; (Nicole) Seitenstich; boyfriend, Ivory Pratcher; her former husband, Steven Brown; her maker, who feels the loss of each of His children; along with a numerous extended family of aunts, uncles and cousins, and a network of friends too great to list, each of whom will forever hold a place in their hearts for her.</p> </div> </div> Fri, 08 Jun 2018 11:15:36 +0000 Memorial Service for Millie Youngberg <p> Millie was born on September 26, 1926, in Rosenberg Texas. When Millie was nine, her mother died in a diabetic coma, and six weeks later her father died of a heart attack leaving Millie and her 11-year-old brother George orphans. She started her college education at Union College and graduated from Pacific Union College with a major in Elementary Education. Millie began her graduate level studies at Boston University, Michigan State University and the University of Delaware; she received her Doctorate in Education at the University of Maryland in 1971.</p> <p> In 1971 John entered her life and they were married on December 21, 1971, in the Village SDA Church in Berrien Springs. Millie served as professor of education at Andrews for 27 years, was named professor emeritus in 1999 and awarded the John N. Andrews Medallion.</p> <p> Millie and John founded Family Life International for the General Conference, certifying family life educators from around the world through Andrews University for 24 years. They pioneered the field of family evangelism, teaching the good news of family wellness integrated with SDA doctrines.</p> <p> For the last 16 years Millie and John have labored with enthusiasm under deep conviction that TOTAL WELLNESS&mdash;the integration of physical, spiritual and family relational health&mdash;was God&rsquo;s mission for them in retirement. They certified WIN! Wellness trainers on six continents and saw their &quot;WIN! Wellness&mdash;On the Path to Health and Healing Ministry&quot; series translated into 31 languages as well as chapter topics taken from the series and reprinted for presenting to English- and Arabic-speaking Muslims.</p> <p> In January 2014, John and Millie were recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the Health Ministries Department of the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists. They were also recipients of the Arthur and Maud Spalding Award, the highest award of the General Conference Family Ministries Department.</p> <p> The most rewarding publication of Millie&rsquo;s and John&rsquo;s career was the publication of &quot;JESUS&mdash;Who is He?&quot;<em>&nbsp;</em>Its writing took three years. Thanks to Nathan Greene for facilitating this dream with 19 works of art on the life of Jesus.</p> <p> Millie rests from her burdens&mdash;but the dreams for which she gave the last full measure of her devotion live on to glorify the name of Jesus and to help finish His work on the earth.</p> <p> A memorial service for Millie Youngberg will be held April 28, 2018, at 3:30 p.m. in the Pioneer Memorial Church.</p> Thu, 26 Apr 2018 13:22:23 +0000