Andrews University Agenda News and Events at Andrews University en-us Copyright 2018, Andrews University Mon, 17 Dec 2018 07:58:00 -0000 Mon, 17 Dec 2018 07:58:00 -0000 Week in Pictures: December 13, 2018 Thu, 13 Dec 2018 14:34:00 +0000 Andrews Signs Agreement with Ghana Ambassador <p> On Monday, Nov. 12, Andrea Luxton, president, signed a formal partnership agreement with the government of Ghana at a meeting with His Excellency, Dr. Barfuor Adjei-Barwuah, the 19th ambassador of the Republic of Ghana to the United States of America.</p> <p> The agreement is part of the Ghanaian government&rsquo;s commitment to expand educational opportunities for its citizens, including a focus on assuring a free senior high school education for each of its citizens and expanding opportunities within Ghana and throughout the world for university-level education.</p> <p> This new agreement will welcome its first participants in summer 2019.</p> <p> &ldquo;Andrews University is proud to be one of the most ethnically and internationally diverse national universities in the United States, and this agreement with the government of Ghana expands and deepens our commitment to be a place where world changers are made,&rdquo; says Luxton.</p> <p> &ldquo;In my professional experience, I&rsquo;ve had the opportunity to see the impact and possibilities that come with further education. If we talk about socio-economic development in our society, and of Ghana in particular, I believe that will best and truly come as we invest in our students and open the door to the possibilities of the future that come with further education,&rdquo; says Adjei-Barwuah, who was educated in Ghana, England and the United States and who has taught in universities in England.</p> <p> Individuals who would like to be considered for participation in this partnership should send an email to <a href=""></a>. For a full list of requirements for international students, visit <a href=""></a>.</p> Thu, 15 Nov 2018 16:43:52 +0000 New Divino Blog: Weaponize Love <p dir="ltr"> It is certainly hardly ever encouraging these days to go online or turn on our televisions to watch the news.</p> <p dir="ltr"> Much of what we encounter in this news is a raw, awful evidence that this world is far too often affected by the pervasive force of evil in our society and our lives.</p> <p dir="ltr"> Of course, that&rsquo;s hardly a new reality.</p> <p dir="ltr"> The dark force of evil is a specific story that weaves through every book of the Bible, just as it seems to now mark nearly every chapter of our contemporary lives.</p> <p dir="ltr"> And over the last week in particular, news stories that came from around the United States offered a relentless and particularly heartrending reminder of evil&rsquo;s bleak impact.</p> <p dir="ltr"> The week began with the ongoing story of pipe bombs mailed to former presidents, politicians, media companies and businesspeople. When the person believed to be behind the construction and mailings of those bombs was arrested, he was driving a van that was festooned with a variety of stickers that proclaimed angry rhetoric against those with whom he disagreed. And when investigators and news organizations turned to this man&rsquo;s social media posts, they discovered that he foreshadowed his evil deeds, referring to some of his targets as &ldquo;piece slime trash&rdquo; (sic) and threatening them with death.</p> <p dir="ltr"> Later in the week, in Kentucky, a man tried to break into the First Baptist Church of Jeffersontown, a predominantly black church, and after finding it locked (there was a prayer meeting going on at the time), he turned to the Kroger grocery store next door and shot and killed two black shoppers. He allegedly told a bystander that &ldquo;whites don&rsquo;t shoot whites&rdquo; before he was captured by police.</p> <p dir="ltr"> And last Sabbath (and I use that phrase intentionally), a man stormed the Tree of Life Congregation Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. By the time he was done shooting, 11 worshippers were dead and six policemen and worshippers injured.</p> <p dir="ltr"> It was the worst single day of violence against Jewish believers in U.S. history. When investigators and the media turned to the suspect&rsquo;s social media account, once again they found speech filled with hatred and threats, including conspiracy theories that argued that Jewish people were the enemy. Minutes before he went to the synagogue, the shooter posted a message on a social media channel called Gab (an alternative Twitter-like social media channel since shut down), where he wrote that &ldquo;HIAS (Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society) likes to bring invaders in that kill our people. I can&rsquo;t sit by and watch my people get slaughtered&hellip;I&rsquo;m going in.&rdquo;</p> <p dir="ltr"> For those who seek to live in a world marked by hope, each of these criminal and terrorist acts, these hate crimes, had their own unique and awful form of evil specifics.</p> <p dir="ltr"> However, at the same time, it seemed that each of these acts also reflected on the tragic reality of our times. Hate itself has become part of conversations that are no longer analog&mdash;person-to-person and out loud&mdash;but spread globally throughout the internet and social media channels. The term increasingly used for this sort of social media anger and hatred is the phrase &ldquo;weaponized.&rdquo;</p> <p dir="ltr"> &ldquo;Weaponize&rdquo; is an old word. Traditionally, it simply means &ldquo;to adapt for use as a weapon of war,&rdquo; with the idea that physical weapons were used. Most people believe it was a phrase first used in a book about conflict in India and first published in 1938. In the 1950s, the term meant &ldquo;to provide (a nuclear or other explosive device) with a mechanism for being launched and propelled toward a target.&rdquo;</p> <p dir="ltr"> Now, increasingly, weaponize often has little do with bombs. The current definition&mdash;as set out in the Guardian newspaper last year&mdash;is that &ldquo;weaponized narrative seeks to undermine an opponent&rsquo;s civilisation, identity and will by generating complexity, confusion and political and social schisms.&rdquo;</p> <p dir="ltr"> As the three criminal, and even terrorist, acts of the last week unfolded, there was an unsurprising array not only of social media comments by these individuals, but also a trail of truly fake news and demonstrably untrue conspiracy theories that inspired the thoughts and actions of these individuals. Another phrase that&rsquo;s sometimes used as these acts become a part of our lives is that these individuals become &ldquo;radicalized&rdquo; through their online media habits&mdash;a term that in the past we would use for terrorists that lived somewhere else.</p> <p dir="ltr"> As we face a world that listens to, and then amplifies, this kind of hate, what might or should we do as a community of God&rsquo;s children who are committed to inspiring and caring for our world?</p> <p dir="ltr"> As Christians, believers in Jesus Christ, individuals who seek to live by His teachings, to be inspired by His life, what do we do in a world of weaponized hate?</p> <p dir="ltr"> The answer is a small but powerful word&mdash;<strong>love</strong>&mdash;and it&rsquo;s a small but powerful, and truly central commitment, to Christ&rsquo;s radical and transforming mission and mercy.</p> <p dir="ltr"> So, then, to try to recapture this military term&mdash;weaponize&mdash;is there a way that we can &ldquo;weaponize <strong>love</strong>?&rdquo;</p> <p dir="ltr"> Christ&rsquo;s life consistently suggested and demonstrated that <strong>love</strong> was indeed not simply an attitude of stubborn response to the evil in the world, <strong>love</strong> was also an active and proactive force to confront and bring about real change in response to evil.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr"> In turn, that kind of world-shaking, transforming <strong>love</strong> must inspire our response as a community filled with heartache and horror, as we speak out against and strongly condemn these awful attitudes and acts. The real question for us, as followers of Christ, is how might we meaningfully/powerfully/unabashedly call out those things and stand for truth&mdash;how do our lives and voices become a tool to simply and powerfully weaponize <strong>love</strong>?</p> <p dir="ltr"> I believe that&rsquo;s one of the core elements of Christ&rsquo;s example and life, as he daily sought to counter and meaningfully transform a society so often aligned against those who are lesser than.</p> <p dir="ltr"> 1 John 4:15&ndash;21 (NLT, <em><strong>emphasis mine</strong></em>) gives us this poignant reminder:</p> <p dir="ltr"> <em>&quot;All who declare that Jesus is the Son of God have God living in them, and they live in God. We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in His love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them. And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face Him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world. Such love has no </em><em>fear,</em><em> because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced His perfect love. We love each other because He loved us first. <strong>If someone says, &ldquo;I love God,&rdquo; but hates a fellow believer, that person is a liar; for if we don&rsquo;t love people we can see, how can we love God, whom we cannot see? </strong>And He has given us this command: <strong>Those who love God must also love their fellow believers.</strong>&quot;</em></p> <p dir="ltr"> In these dark and trying times with seemingly few answers or effective responses to this evil world, I&rsquo;m convinced that we can be confident in the fact that if we decide to live out God&rsquo;s perfect love, and use that as our weapon of choice to combat the manifestations of evil that we see in the world, God will drive out all fear&mdash;not only for our own lives but for the lives of our brothers and sisters, our neighbors.</p> <p dir="ltr"> So, while it will never be easy or as immediate as we might sometimes wish, the story of our lives and this world itself is that God&rsquo;s perfect love will expel the hatred from the hearts of those who are truly willing to experience it. And for each one of us, it&rsquo;s important to remember that we cannot declare that we love God while harboring hatred for those around us.</p> <p dir="ltr"> I don&rsquo;t mean to be casual or glib when I say we must weaponize love&mdash;God&rsquo;s love. I say it because I believe that God-fueled love will move us beyond just our mere thoughts and prayers and into tangible action. It&rsquo;s the sort of action that seeks to stand alongside the oppressed in our communities and our world as we strive to meet our neighbors&rsquo; immediate needs, while also committing to the long-term effort of seeking restorative justice on their behalf.</p> <p dir="ltr"> Further, we talk a lot about World Changers here at Andrews. I believe that the first step to becoming a world changer is to allow the perfect love of God to transform us&mdash;to renew our minds, to purify our thoughts and to break our hearts for what breaks His.</p> <p dir="ltr"> That perfect love, inspired and energized by God&rsquo;s Spirit in our lives, will allow us to see those around us the way that God sees them, and it&rsquo;s a simple perspective: A son or daughter who has been created in God&rsquo;s image.</p> <p dir="ltr"> Once we have been transformed by that love, we can then use it as a weapon that&rsquo;s not a weapon at all but a Holy Force, an Ultimate Love, that seeks to truly change the world.</p> <p dir="ltr"> These heartbreaking days remind us that yes, world changers can be made here at Andrews University and wherever God&rsquo;s children are found...and we can and will change the world only and ultimately through the power of God&rsquo;s perfect love.</p> <p dir="ltr"> One of the ways we can seek to live out the Love we talk about here is reflected in a local <strong>Interfaith Prayer Vigil </strong>when we will gather with our neighbors to honor and pray for the victims of the Tree of Life Congregation Synagogue shooting&mdash;as well as other victims of hate crimes. This prayer vigil will be held on Monday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m. in the Oak Room at The Citadel, 91 Hinkley Street in Benton Harbor, Michigan. I invite you to attend as part of being a force for transforming love in a world so often marked by evil.</p> Thu, 01 Nov 2018 16:26:32 +0000 Live view of Wellness Center construction Sun, 28 Oct 2018 20:37:13 +0000 October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month <p> <strong>Identifying and Responding to an Abusive Relationship</strong></p> <p> Here are some signs of an abusive relationship. Your partner may be abusive if he or she:</p> <ul> <li> Constantly accuses you of having an affair</li> <li> Bites, slaps, punches or kicks you</li> <li> Throws things at you or breaks objects during an argument</li> <li> Belittles you in front of your friends and family</li> <li> Makes you feel afraid to express your opinions or wishes</li> <li> Monitors who you speak to and whom you go out with</li> <li> Blames you for his/her appearance</li> <li> Threatens you or swears at you</li> <li> Criticizes all you do</li> <li> Disrespects you, your family and your friends</li> <li> Refuses to let you have your own money or handle your finances</li> <li> Forces you to have sex</li> <li> Demonstrates extreme possessiveness or jealousy</li> </ul> <p> <strong>It is very important not to blame the victim. Avoid accusatory or dismissive statements such as: </strong></p> <ul> <li> &ldquo;I'm sure he/she didn`t really mean to hurt you&rdquo;</li> <li> &ldquo;It's no big deal; you'll get over it&rdquo;</li> <li> &ldquo;What did you do to provoke it?&rdquo;</li> <li> &ldquo;Don`t tell anyone about this; it's too embarrassing&rdquo;</li> </ul> <p> <strong>Instead, use comforting statements such as these:</strong></p> <ul> <li> &ldquo;I'm so sorry you had to go through this; no one should have to hurt.&rdquo;</li> <li> &ldquo;It's not your fault; you didn`t do anything to deserve this.&rdquo;</li> <li> &ldquo;I'm here for you whenever you feel like sharing and praying.&rdquo;</li> <li> &ldquo;I'm glad you shared with me; together we can find you some help.&rdquo;</li> </ul> <p> <strong>A victim of abuse may stay with his/her abuser for the following reasons:</strong></p> <ul> <li> Fearful for his/her life</li> <li> He/she will lose his/her children</li> <li> Embarrassment</li> <li> Feels it is his/her Christian duty to keep the marriage together no matter what</li> <li> Guilt for what may happen to the abuser if he/she leaves</li> <li> Feels responsible for abuser`s actions (deserved abuse)</li> <li> He/she may not get support from family and friends</li> <li> Abuse may get worse if he/she tries to leave</li> <li> Fearful about surviving financially without spouse</li> <li> Hopes that the abuser may change</li> </ul> <p> <strong>If you suspect someone you know is being abused:</strong></p> <ul> <li> Call the authorities and report the abuse</li> <li> Find out about abuse prevention agencies in your area; call the Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 and initiate the help needed</li> <li> Listen without interrupting and don't feel as though you have to offer advice</li> <li> Encourage him/her to seek professional counseling</li> <li> Don't criticize the abuser</li> <li> Offer to be a prayer partner</li> <li> Invite him/her to join you on outings without bringing up the abuse situation</li> <li> Keep your word and frequently follow-up to see how he/she is doing</li> </ul> <p> <strong>If you have been abused, help is available to you!</strong></p> <ul> <li> Contact the authorities, your pastor, doctor, family member or friend and let them know that you have been abused</li> <li> Call the Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 to get help and to find out about the laws in your area</li> <li> The abuse may have left you with many emotional scars; try to schedule regular counseling sessions with a licensed therapist</li> <li> You may have been hurt physically; ask your doctor for a thorough examination</li> <li> Ask someone you feel comfortable with to be your prayer partner&mdash;to pray with you daily and offer encouragement whenever you feel weak or lonely</li> </ul> <p> <strong>FOR HELP IN ENGLISH OR SPANISH:</strong></p> <p> Call the confidential National Domestic Violence Hotline for referrals to resources in your area.</p> <p> USA: 800-799-SAFE [7233]</p> <p> Canada: 800-363-9010</p> <p> <strong>FOR COUNSELING HELP ON THE ANDREWS UNIVERSITY CAMPUS:</strong></p> <p> Counseling &amp; Testing Center, Bell Hall 123, 269-471-3470</p> <p> <strong>IN URGENT NEED ON ANDREWS UNIVERSITY CAMPUS: </strong></p> <p> Campus Safety, 269-471-3321</p> <p> <strong>FOR URGENT CARE ANYWHERE</strong>: CALL 911.</p> <p> <i></i></p> Thu, 18 Oct 2018 16:37:12 +0000 World Changers Needed: Be a Mentor <p> The Human Empowerment Life Project (H.E.L.P.), an Andrews University volunteer organization, seeks to support the Benton Harbor Area Schools (BHAS) in its efforts to:</p> <ul> <li> Develop reading comprehension &amp; math appreciation</li> <li> Improve school culture and climate</li> <li> Increase test results of all students in Grades 1&ndash;5</li> </ul> <p> H.E.L.P. is one initiative through which Andrews University partners with BHAS students, teachers and administration to provide resources to improve the learning experiences and outcomes for the 1st through 5th-grade students. To achieve this goal, volunteers from Andrews provide two weekly enrichment sessions to reinforce positive values, expand literacy or math skills, improve metacognition, and develop a sense of belonging.</p> <p> Students, faculty, staff and community friends, with varied ethnic and cultural backgrounds, pursuing a variety of programs but sharing the common desire to improve the learning outcomes of the students of Benton Harbor schools, come together to assist the students by joining a team which is assigned to one classroom. Teams are scheduled to work alternating weeks during the semester. The system is designed for teams to work with the same elementary students each session.&nbsp; Transportation is provided.</p> <p> The program will launch again on <strong>September 19 (mathematics)</strong>&nbsp;at 1:30 p.m. in Price Hall, Room 219, and <strong>September 21 (literacy)</strong>&nbsp;at 12:30 p.m. in Garber Auditorium, Chan Shun Hall. The initial session will include team building, classroom management techniques, and diversity training. Teams comprising of three individuals will be assigned classrooms and placed on a bi-monthly rotation (every other week). Each group meets prior to departing from Andrews University on University buses on the following days and times:</p> <ul> <li> Wednesdays (1:30&ndash;3:30 p.m.)&mdash;mathematics tutoring</li> <li> Friday (12:30&ndash;3 p.m.)&mdash;literacy</li> </ul> <p> H.E.L.P. provides 8&ndash;12 opportunities per semester for Andrews&rsquo; volunteers to engage with the elementary students. Volunteers can earn up to 15 co-curricular credits for involvement in service as well as the training and can participate in either ELA, mathematics or both programs. Application forms must be completed to join this program. Criminal background clearance is conducted as part of the application process for all participants.</p> <p> During the 2017&ndash;18 school year, 160 Andrews University students, faculty and staff volunteered to deliver the weekly program to almost 460 Benton Harbor students. In addition to observing the benefits derived from serving others, and the service hours, Andrews students gained the opportunity for personal and professional development.</p> Thu, 20 Sep 2018 18:53:38 +0000 Connect with Us! Tue, 28 Aug 2018 14:54:09 +0000 Missing Important Emails from Andrews? <p> Andrews University sends many official communications through your Andrews University email address. For students and alumni, these emails are handled through a Google email space while still utilizing the &quot;; address. (Faculty and staff emails are handled through a different system, and no action is needed.)<br /> <br /> Some students and alumni choose to forward their emails to another location to read, but the way this was done in the past had some challenges. In the interest of improving the delivery of email and reducing the occurrences of the University being blacklisted as a spammer, Andrews University has changed the way email forwards are handled.<br /> <br /> On June 24, 2018, after several notifying emails, ITS removed email forwards on the Andrews servers. Students and alumni may either read their Andrews-provided Gmail directly (directions <a href="">here</a>) or they may set the forward in their Gmail account via these <a href="">directions</a>.<br /> <br /> We strongly encourage students and alumni to make sure that they are getting their important Andrews email messages through one of these options.<br /> <br /> If you have any questions, please contact the ITS Helpdesk at 269-471-6016 or by email at <a href=""></a>.</p> Thu, 02 Aug 2018 18:35:16 +0000