Andrews University Agenda News and Events at Andrews University en-us Copyright 2018, Andrews University Thu, 18 Jan 2018 04:41:00 -0000 Thu, 18 Jan 2018 04:41:00 -0000 Seminary Releases Revised MDiv Program <p> The Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary of Andrews University has revised the Master of Divinity (MDiv) program, providing a sharper focus to the degree with fewer credit hours required. The 78-credit program starts in fall 2018 and is designed to be completed in as little as two years by students with an undergraduate degree in theology. Students with degrees in other disciplines will follow a three-year plan to complete their MDiv.</p> <p> The previous 92-credit program took three years for the average student with a theology undergraduate degree to complete. The revised MDiv allows the same students to finish the program in less time if they have fulfilled all prerequisite courses and can demonstrate intermediate-level proficiency in biblical languages.</p> <p> &ldquo;I&rsquo;m thrilled about our newly revised MDiv,&rdquo; said Ji&rcaron;&iacute; Moskala, Seminary dean. &ldquo;It brings together the best in scholarship and praxis to provide a stellar biblical, theological, historical and missiological framework for our students&rsquo; future ministry. Evangelism combined with a profound knowledge of the Bible and pastoral care is the first priority in our coursework.&rdquo;</p> <p> The revisions to the MDiv were shaped by extensive consultation with North American Division (NAD) advisory groups, faculty committees, administrators, students and accreditation standards with the purpose of providing an enhanced degree.</p> <p> &ldquo;The revised MDiv is shorter, deeper and stronger,&rdquo; said Fernando Ortiz, MDiv program director. &ldquo;Students can now fulfill their educational goals more quickly without compromising the quality of the program.&rdquo;</p> <p> One key aspect of the credit reductions has involved working with undergraduate schools in a Curriculum Collaboration set up by the NAD. This collaboration reviewed the learning needed by a pastor to determine which should be studied at the MDiv level and which should be prerequisites or part of students&rsquo; post-seminary internship training. Students who have degrees in disciplines other than theology and sense a call from God to deepen their preparation for ministry will take prerequisite courses at the beginning of their MDiv program. These essential courses will establish a solid theological and practical foundation on which their MDiv studies can be built to prepare them for excellence in ministry.</p> <p> Revisions to the MDiv program included dividing selected classes such as Issues in Daniel and Revelation into two courses in order to provide students with greater depth of study and strengthen their Adventist identity. Other courses that shared similar subject matter were combined. Theological and preaching courses were diversified to equip students to meet the needs of an increasingly complex world.</p> <p> &ldquo;Congregational pastors, chaplains and youth pastors will be equipped to closely collaborate with our church schools, making the schools a center for their evangelistic and community activities,&rdquo; said Moskala.</p> <p> Attention to the Adventist health message was also a significant factor that shaped the MDiv revisions.</p> <p> &ldquo;We are particularly excited about our new health and wellness course that will be taken by all MDiv students,&rdquo; said Teresa Reeve, associate dean. &ldquo;Students will receive training in personal fitness and learn to bring the health message to their churches and communities.&rdquo;</p> <p> To allow time for exercise, spiritual life and work, along with the demands of classwork and ministry practice, the maximum number of credits allowed per semester for MDiv students has been reduced from 16 to 14 credits. This adjustment will not only prevent academic burnout but also sets a pattern for healthy, balanced living to maximize students&rsquo; effectiveness in their future ministry.</p> <p> Concentrations in Chaplaincy and in Youth and Young Adult Ministry are offered in the revised MDiv program. In addition, a new dual degree, the MDiv/Master of Science in Community and International Development, has been added to the already-established MDiv dual degrees (MDiv/Public Health, MDiv/Communication and MDiv/Social Work). These concentrations and dual-degree programs allow students to gain advanced understanding and competency in areas of interest in order to more skillfully address the needs of today&rsquo;s world.</p> <p> To learn more about the MDiv or to enroll in the program, email <a href=""></a> or visit <a href=""></a>.</p> Sun, 14 Jan 2018 10:14:57 +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 Week in Pictures: January 10, 2018 Wed, 10 Jan 2018 22:19:56 +0000 Shovel Ceremony for Wellness Center, March 5, 2018 <p> A date for the official shovel ceremony for the Health &amp; Wellness Center has been set for Monday, March 5, 2018, at 5 p.m. onsite. Further details will be forthcoming.</p> <p> The parking lot is almost completed and is already being used as overflow for PMC services. Currently, lighting is waiting approval,&nbsp;75 percent of the storm sewer has been installed and rerouting of the water lines has been done.</p> <p> Construction will resume in March unless there is an earlier thaw.</p> <p> After this spring&rsquo;s groundbreaking, when construction of the center begins, a web camera will be installed to provide everyone with a live look as the center takes shape.</p> <p> You can follow news and events about the Health &amp; Wellness Center at&nbsp;<a href=""></a>.</p> Wed, 10 Jan 2018 16:46:00 +0000 Rankings and Enrollment Report <p> As another school year began with fall semester studies on the Berrien Springs campus, at partner locations around the world, and with individual distance education students, Andrews University took the measure of its progress, success and challenges through a variety of internal and external measures and statistics.</p> <p> <strong>Rankings</strong><br /> In addition to fall semester and year-round accounting of students, the fall season is also a time when a wide array of school rankings is released, ranging from those that measure specific disciplines to the more well-known rankings, such as U.S. News Best Colleges, Wall Street Journal/Time Higher Education College Rankings, College Factual (in collaboration with USA Today) and others.</p> <p> In the perhaps best-known ranking system, U.S. News Best Colleges, Andrews University moved into the number one position in campus ethnic diversity among national universities (tied with University of Nevada, Las Vegas and Rutgers University-Newark). That ranking has changed dramatically for the University, with Andrews ranking in the Top 20 in this category within the last decade. The University also tied for 10th in number of international students.</p> <p> &ldquo;At a time when cultural, global and ethnic diversity are increasingly important for students who are global citizens, this is an especially significant achievement for the University,&rdquo; says Michael Nixon, vice president for diversity &amp; inclusion.</p> <p> Overall, the University ranked as #192 out of 311 national universities; U.S. News rankings review 3,000 universities and colleges overall. It is the only Seventh-day Adventist college or university ranked as a national university. The university was again listed as A+ Colleges for B Students. The university&rsquo;s undergraduate engineering program was also recognized in the overall rankings, as were its online programs for MBA and graduate education.</p> <p> Among the other recognized players in annual rankings are the following:</p> <ul> <li> Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education includes 1,000 institutions on its list (about 20 percent of the overall total). Andrews University ranks at #335 on that list, or in the top third of institutions overall.</li> <li> Forbes America's Top Colleges includes 15 percent of American universities and colleges on its list, and Andrews University is ranked #545. It is also included in the best Midwest colleges and best research universities lists.</li> <li> College Factual, which publishes its annual rankings with USA Today, focuses in particular on the financial value of education. In these rankings, Andrews University was in the top 10 percent for financial value (for both domestic and international students) and in the top 5 percent for overall and ethnic diversity.</li> </ul> <p> <strong>Enrollment</strong><br /> The number that is often the most familiar way to measure enrollment is through fall census numbers, which offer a snapshot of students who enroll at (or through) our Berrien Springs campus. For fall 2017, that census showed that there were 3,348 students overall. Those enrollment figures include 1,704 students enrolled as undergraduates and 1,644 graduate students. Overall, full-time equivalents and credit hours are up three percent compared to last year.</p> <p> In terms of new student enrollment, there was an overall increase of new undergraduate and graduate students. In particular, the number of first-time graduate students increased by more than 90 students to 334 new graduate students for fall 2017. On the other hand, first-time freshmen, new Master of Divinity and undergraduate transfer students decreased 47 students overall, with fall 2017 new freshman enrollment of 281, undergraduate transfer enrollment of 122 and new Master of Divinity student enrollment of 121.</p> <p> Additionally, non-United States extension sites or off-site programs add 103 more students, bringing the overall fall semester headcount to 3,451.</p> <p> For an overall measurement of student enrollment levels, Andrews has begun to calculate its enrollment on an annual basis by measuring its unduplicated headcount.&nbsp;</p> <p> That most recent assessment of this overall enrollment (June 2016&ndash;June 2017) showed there were 4,567 different students who enrolled for undergraduate or graduate programs through the University&rsquo;s Berrien Springs campus at some point during the year. The University&rsquo;s current 2017&ndash;2022 Strategic Plan calls for an unduplicated headcount of 5,000 students, an increase of more than 400 students.</p> <p> An additional 656 different students enrolled in international off-campus programs during the last year, and 2,256 different students studied through the School of Education professional development distance offerings.&nbsp;</p> <p> In other words, during the 2016&ndash;2017 school year, there were 7,479 different students overall who studied part- or full-time through the University&rsquo;s various on- and off-campus educational options.</p> <p> &ldquo;Our enrollment patterns reflect an exciting and increasingly rich diversity of where, how and even when students choose to study with Andrews University,&rdquo; says Andrea Luxton, president. &ldquo;For example, nearly 200 students&mdash;compared to just 30 a few years ago&mdash;are beginning their university studies with Andrews University online courses while they are still high school juniors and seniors. In addition to that, international partnerships bring hundreds of students to our campus for one-semester or one-year exchange study programs, or these students choose to study in Andrews courses and programs at nearly 60 different partner programs around the world. These international students are increasingly choosing creative Andrews University study options, even though they may not ever be able to otherwise study with us as full-time students on our Berrien Springs campus.&rdquo;</p> Wed, 13 Dec 2017 19:13:54 +0000 Confidential Care Group for LGBT Students <p> <strong>Andrews University Response to Questions Regarding Care for Students Navigating Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Differences</strong></p> <p> Over the past few years Andrews University has been working to respond to questions about sexual orientation and gender identity that have arisen on our Adventist campuses. Our commitment from the beginning has been to hold and put into practice the biblical teaching of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, as expressed in our fundamental beliefs and the official statements on human sexuality issued by the General Conference and its North American Division.<br /> <br /> A few years ago, the University created a Task Force made up of faculty, staff, students, church leaders and board members. This group worked closely with the relevant subcommittee of our Board of Trustees, which includes significant representation from church leaders. From this collaboration, the University established &ldquo;A Seventh-day Adventist Framework for Relating to Sexual Orientation Differences on the Campus of Andrews University,&rdquo;* which outlines our commitment to the biblical teachings and values of the Adventist church and establishes policies that call our students to uphold them. This document sets the expectation that sexual intimacy belongs only within marriage, defined as &ldquo;a lifelong union between a man and a woman.&rdquo; Furthermore, the University clarifies that students are to refrain &ldquo;from romantic behaviors between individuals of the same sex.&rdquo; This policy is strictly enforced through our student conduct processes, and the Adventist biblical position is taught in our classrooms and from our pulpits.<br /> <br /> Having affirmed the University&rsquo;s commitment to biblical faithfulness, as detailed in the General Conference&rsquo;s statement on homosexuality,** the Task Force then moved to implement that statement&rsquo;s call for compassion: &ldquo;Jesus affirmed the dignity of all human beings and reached out compassionately to persons and families suffering the consequences of sin. He offered caring ministry and words of solace to struggling people, while differentiating His love for sinners from His clear teaching about sinful practices. As His disciples, Seventh-day Adventists endeavor to follow the Lord's instruction and example, living a life of Christ-like compassion and faithfulness.&rdquo;</p> <p> Additionally, the Task Force also used the Andrews University&rsquo;s Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary statement, &ldquo;An Understanding of the Biblical View on Homosexual Practice and Pastoral Care,&rdquo;*** as a guiding resource for how Andrews University should provide ministry and care for these students.<br /> <br /> The Task Force reviewed recent research on over 300 Adventist young adults who identify as LGBT to learn more about their struggles and discovered a great deal of hurt in this population, placing them at a higher risk for depression and self-harm. At nearly all of our North American Division colleges and universities, these students have started unofficial groups&mdash;with little to no guidance from their institutions. Our goal has been to create a University-based group where students can receive spiritual and emotional care for their lives that is in accordance with Adventist biblical teaching on human sexuality and the University&rsquo;s code of conduct (as noted above). In the words of the General Conference statement, Andrews University &ldquo;recognizes that every human being is valuable in the sight of God, and we seek to minister to all men and women in the spirit of Jesus. We also believe that by God's grace and through the encouragement of the community of faith, an individual may live in harmony with the principles of God's Word.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> This new entity will not function as a student club or organization, nor will it be a Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA), as found on so many public campuses. It is a confidential, members-only group that will minister spiritually and emotionally to a select number of students with the influence and care of faithful Adventist mentors. While there will be campus communication to make students aware of the group&rsquo;s existence, our Framework policy explicitly forbids students from advocating or instigating views or behaviors that are inconsistent with the biblical teachings of the Adventist church.</p> <p> Overseeing the group will be Judith Bernard-Fisher, director of the Andrews University Counseling &amp; Testing Center. Reflecting on this responsibility, Fisher says, &ldquo;As I think of God&rsquo;s immeasurable love for all of His children, I am convinced that His spirit of love and grace will continue to guide our steps as we reach out to our own students through this new group that is committed to providing meaningful, Christ-centered care for these young men and women.&rdquo;</p> <p> _____</p> <p> <br /> <strong>References</strong></p> <p> *A Seventh-day Adventist Framework for Relating to Sexual Orientation Differences on the Campus of Andrews University; Andrews University Student Handbook<br /> <a href=";navoid=2578">;navoid=2578</a></p> <p> **General Conference Statement on Homosexuality<br /> <a href=""></a></p> <p> ***An Understanding of the Biblical View on Homosexual Practice and Pastoral Care; Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary, Andrews University<br /> <a href=""></a></p> Tue, 05 Dec 2017 13:07:27 +0000 NASA-Funded Research <p> The Andrews University Division of STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) offers numerous research opportunities for undergraduates.</p> <p> Jay Johnson, professor of engineering, works with students on a NASA-funded research opportunity. He says, &ldquo;In general, I study space weather in Earth's magnetosphere. Earth's magnetosphere is created by the strong dipole magnetic field of the earth, which creates a cavity in the solar wind.&nbsp;A key challenge of space weather research is to understand how energetic particle populations of Earth and other planets respond to solar wind structures which requires integrated modeling efforts linking the solar wind, outer and inner magnetosphere regions.&rdquo;</p> <p> STEM also involves students in research projects such as the following:</p> <ul> <li> LIGO research on gravitational waves</li> <li> Forensic chemistry</li> <li> NSF-funded project &ldquo;ECL sensor development with mobile technologies&rdquo;</li> <li> Pancreatic cancer detection</li> <li> &ldquo;Greening&rdquo; a refugee camp in Jordan, Health Center landscape design</li> <li> Syngas usability in fuel cells</li> <li> Bovine viral leucosis level and SCC in milk</li> <li> Mathematical modeling with a Seabird Ecology Team</li> </ul> <p> For more information and to learn how you can become involved, visit the Division of STEM website at <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p> <p> For a video on research, see&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p> Thu, 02 Nov 2017 21:00:25 +0000 Architecture Team Returns from Puerto Rico <p> <strong>Update: </strong>The architecture team returned from their trip on the evening of Friday, Oct. 6. Read the WSBT22 News story <a href="">here</a>&nbsp;and an interview with News Talk 94.9 WSJM <a href="">here</a>&nbsp;and abc57 News <a href="">here</a>.</p> <p> On Sunday, Oct. 1, at 5 a.m., Andrew von Maur, professor of architecture, Troy Homenchuk, adjunct professor, and 16 graduate architecture students, traveled to Puerto Rico to help with disaster relief efforts in the aftermath of hurricane Maria. They were there until October 6.</p> <p> Victor Perez Andino, an Andrews architecture student, is from Puerto Rico and helped the school to connect with a project there. Beginning in July 2017, the graduate Urban Design Studio began to pursue a service project in collaboration with&nbsp;<a href="">Proyecto ENLACE del Ca&ntilde;o Mart&iacute;n Pe&ntilde;a</a>. The purpose of the project is to assist with the design of new housing and public spaces in a flood-prone, impoverished informal settlement in central San Juan. The studio has been working on preliminary studies since late August, and planned to visit the site and engage the community in a participatory design process beginning on Sept. 26, 2017. But then hurricane Irma hit, followed by hurricane Maria on September 20&mdash;an event that will change the island forever.</p> <p> Since then, the project scope has broadened significantly, and God opened all of the necessary doors for the team to help. The airline rebooked the group just in time for commercial flights to resume. The small private guest house complex there was spared major damage and can accommodate them. A fire fighter/EMS professional provided free disaster relief training and certified many of the team in First Aid/CPR/AED. They were able to purchase thousands of dollars in supplies and are takings bags and bags of things people need desperately: water filters, tarps, sanitary products, baby formula, batteries, flashlights, solar lamps and chargers, ropes, non-perishable food, water boots, chainsaws, tools, duct tape, two-way radios, first aid kits, plus Spanish GLOW-tracts (which were stuck in the packaging of the donated goods).</p> <p> Puerto Rico is virtually without electricity or cell phone coverage, most streets in the neighborhoods they are visiting are still flooded. There are dead animals floating around, the airport is running at a limited capacity, there&rsquo;s a severe fuel shortage, hospitals and commercial establishments are unable to operate, 40% of Puerto Ricans are without a clean water supply&hellip;the people of Puerto Rico need prayers and help.</p> <p> If you are willing to donate towards aid for affected families at Ca&ntilde;o Mart&iacute;n Pe&ntilde;a, you can give online at&nbsp;<a href=";only=y">Puerto Rice Project-AU Architecture</a>&nbsp;or send checks to the School of Architecture &amp; Interior Design, 8435 E Campus Circle Drive, Berrien Springs, MI 49104.&nbsp;All proceeds will go directly to aid.</p> Wed, 11 Oct 2017 10:52:14 +0000