Andrews University Agenda News and Events at Andrews University en-us Copyright 2018, Andrews University Thu, 20 Sep 2018 11:07:00 -0000 Thu, 20 Sep 2018 11:07:00 -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> Tue, 18 Sep 2018 13:59:20 +0000 Week in Pictures: September 13, 2018 Thu, 13 Sep 2018 17:45:00 +0000 Connect with Us! Tue, 28 Aug 2018 14:54:09 +0000 Live view of Wellness Center construction Tue, 07 Aug 2018 15:07:44 +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 Statement on Child Detention & Family Separation <p dir="ltr"> &ldquo;For the Lord your God is the God of gods and Lord of lords. He is the great God, the mighty and awesome God, who shows no partiality and cannot be bribed. He ensures that orphans and widows receive justice. He shows love to the foreigners living among you and gives them food and clothing. So you, too, must show love to foreigners, for you yourselves were once foreigners in the land of Egypt.&rdquo; Deuteronomy 10:17&ndash;19<br /> <br /> We join the chorus of voices including the&nbsp;<a href="">North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists</a>&nbsp;(NAD) and the&nbsp;<a href="">Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists</a>&nbsp;(PUC) who have spoken out against the inhumane cruelty being inflicted upon immigrants and refugees&mdash; including their children&mdash;due to the new &ldquo;zero tolerance&rdquo; policy that has was approved by the Executive Branch of the United States and implemented by the Department of Justice.<br /> <br /> The implementation of this policy has led to young children being separated from their parents who, in the majority of cases, are political asylum-seekers from countries such as El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras among others. Rather than processing those claims, it has been reported that they have been taken into custody immediately while having their children taken away from them and detained in&nbsp;<a href="">chain link enclosures</a>&nbsp;in the McAllen Central Processing Station in Texas.</p> <p dir="ltr"> We have also been deeply troubled by the practice of using Scripture to justify this policy that many have engaged in. There are several examples in Scripture of God commanding us to treat those who are not native to our land in the exact same manner that we would treat a family member.<br /> <br /> The book of Ezekiel puts it this way:<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Divide the land within these boundaries among the tribes of Israel. Distribute the land as an allotment for yourselves and for the foreigners who have joined you and are raising their families among you. They will be like native-born Israelites to you and will receive an allotment among the tribes. These foreigners are to be given land within the territory of the tribe with whom they now live. I, the Sovereign Lord, have spoken!&rdquo; Ezekiel 47:21&ndash;23<br /> <br /> God calls His people to take an active part in not only welcoming in the foreigner or stranger that is within our gates, but also to make provision for them&mdash;treating them as if they are members of our own families.</p> <p dir="ltr"> Our ancestors were brought to this country by way of divergent and varying paths. Some migrated to America and forcibly claimed these lands, which were not native to them, as their own. Others were brought to these shores by force and the foundations of this country were built on the backs of their free labor. Still others sought the dream of a better life in this country fleeing war-torn and impoverished communities in their countries of origin.</p> <p dir="ltr"> Throughout America&rsquo;s history, it has indeed been the contributions of our global community that has given it the potential to be a great country. If we ignore and invalidate those contributions and allow close-mindedness to close ourselves off from the rest of the world, America as we know it will cease to exist. We cannot and must not turn a blind eye to the needs of those seeking refuge in our country. As their applications for entry are considered, the very least we can do is treat them humanely.<br /> <br /> America has always prided itself on being the land of the free and the home of the brave. This is a country where people from all different walks of life are endowed with certain inalienable rights&mdash;life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. While this ideal has only been true for some, we believe that as people of faith we are called to stand in the prophetic tradition of Martin Luther King Jr. by speaking truth to power and demanding that this country truly live up to the meaning of its creed for all of its inhabitants, as well as for those seeking refuge here. &nbsp;<br /> <br /> Ultimately, we are called to treat everyone around us with the love of Christ. That love should motivate us to tangible action. Hebrews implores us to:<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Keep on loving each other as brothers and sisters. Don&rsquo;t forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it! Remember those in prison, as if you were there yourself. Remember also those being mistreated, as if you felt their pain in your own bodies.&rdquo; Hebrews 13:1&ndash;3.<br /> <br /> I am reminded of a monumental event that occurred on this date&mdash;June 19&mdash;in 1865. More than two years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, Union General Gordon Granger rode into Galveston, Texas and announced that the 250,000 remaining enslaved people in the state of Texas were free. Since then, June 19 has been celebrated as &ldquo;Juneteenth&rdquo; around the country as a symbol of true emancipation and freedom.<br /> <br /> I am also reminded of a boldly prophetic passage that Ellen G. White released around 1855 in &ldquo;Testimonies for the Church,&rdquo; Volume One. At the time, slavery was still alive and well in this country and many had questions about how we as Christians should respond in the face of immoral laws and policies. In the face of such questions, particularly as it pertained to the &ldquo;<a href="">Fugitive Slave Act of 1850</a>,&rdquo; Sister White penned the following passage:<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We have men placed over us for rulers, and laws to govern the people. Were it not for these laws, the condition of the world would be worse than it is now. Some of these laws are good, others are bad. The bad have been increasing, and we are yet to be brought into strait places. But God will sustain His people in being firm and living up to the principles of His word. When the laws of men conflict with the word and law of God, we are to obey the latter, whatever the consequences may be. The law of our land requiring us to deliver a slave to his master, we are not to obey; and we must abide the consequences of violating this law. The slave is not the property of any man. God is his rightful master, and man has no right to take God's workmanship into his hands, and claim him as his own.&rdquo; Testimonies for the Church, Chapter 37 (201.2).<br /> <br /> Andrews University fully denounces the practice of separating families and detaining immigrants and their children in chain-link enclosures. This practice goes against everything that we stand for as a diverse and welcoming community that seeks to help every member of our institution find their voice and value.<br /> <br /> As Pacific Union Conference President Ricardo Graham said in their statement &ldquo;our thoughts and prayers must turn into actions and deeds.&rdquo; If you&rsquo;d like to read more about those who are working to support and aid these immigrant families, you can find out more&nbsp;<a href="">here</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr"> Michael Nixon<br /> Vice President for Diversity &amp; Inclusion</p> Thu, 21 Jun 2018 08:47:37 +0000 Race, Protest and Adventist Leadership <p> In an era of overdue apologies and continuing challenges on race relations in various areas of Adventist life&mdash;particularly on college campuses&mdash;Andrews University Press is publishing a landmark new book on the subject by a legendary Adventist leader.</p> <p> Calvin B. Rock, former long-time president of Oakwood University, former chair of the Loma Linda University Board of Trustees, and retired general vice president of the General Conference, has authored what one prominent Adventist historian claims is &ldquo;the most important book ever published on race relations in the Adventist Church.&rdquo;</p> <p> Andrea Luxton, Andrews University president and chair of the Andrews University Press board, said that &ldquo;Protest and Progress: Black Seventh-day Adventist Leadership and the Push for Parity&rdquo; will be released on May 1. &ldquo;It would be hard to find a more authoritative and respected leader to address this difficult subject than Dr. Rock,&rdquo; Luxton said. &ldquo;His 63 years of keen observation and active participation in these issues as a pastor, change-making academic leader, and church statesman, along with his deep passion for the unity of the church and the Righteousness of Christ, make his perspective absolutely essential to any understanding of our history and our future.&rdquo;</p> <p> &ldquo;Protest and Progress&rdquo; presents a broad overview of the history of administrative race relations in the North American Adventist church, according to Ronald Knott, director of the Press. Rock&rsquo;s primary focus is on how the church has made provision for leadership roles and employment equity among Blacks and Whites. Rock looks at four major protest movements that arose within the Black community regarding their ability to advance the mission of the church in ways relevant to their context. These were the push for administrative integration (1889&ndash;1929), which failed; the push for Regional conferences (1929&ndash;1944), which succeeded; the push for Black Union conferences (1969&ndash;1980), which failed; and the push for a separate and equitable retirement system for Regional conference employees (1998&ndash;2000), which succeeded. He also candidly addresses the strongly differing opinions through the years within the Black leadership community over the best approach to progress, whether by full integration at all levels of church leadership or by what Rock terms &ldquo;modified self-determinationism.&rdquo;</p> <p> Building on that history, Rock makes a sociological, theological and philosophical argument for the effectiveness and necessity of the current Regional conference system of mission that administers resources according to racial and cultural opportunity.</p> <p> &ldquo;Some Adventists in North America have raised questions about the wisdom or necessity of our current system,&rdquo; Knott said. &ldquo;We often cite the millennial generation as a group with the most doubts or who believe our current system is an embarrassment. But there are many in other demographics with similar views, and some of our preachers have talked about it. Dr. Rock&rsquo;s unique contribution is not simply to make a historical argument but to give us a foundation from history for a more important theological argument based on mission and practical human relations. Whether a reader agrees is, of course, an open question. What is not in question is that a genuine discussion must address Rock&rsquo;s perspective.&rdquo;</p> <p> A major feature of the book, according to Knott, is the extensive collection of appendices, all primary source documents relevant to the historical discussion. Among these are letters to applicants from Adventist colleges, refusing enrollment to students on the basis of ethnicity; a 1953 letter from General Conference president W.H. Branson to board chairs of colleges and hospitals, urging them to begin regularly admitting Blacks as students and patients; and a vigorous protest, in letter form, to a GC president about how the Annual Council debate was conducted that ultimately defeated the &ldquo;push&rdquo; for Black Union conferences.</p> <p> Advance praise for the book is wide and high. Ricardo Graham, president of the Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, said, &ldquo;Protest and Progress is an&nbsp;insightful and powerful presentation of the biblically-based call for social justice in society at&nbsp;large and in the church, as well as a history of race&nbsp;relations primarily among Black and White Seventh-day Adventist leadership in the North American Division with implications for the entire world church. This is a&nbsp;must read for anyone&nbsp;curiously interested or seriously concerned with these issues and more.&nbsp;I&nbsp;highly recommend it.&rdquo;</p> <p> Craig R. Jackson, dean of the School of Allied Health Professions at Loma Linda University, said, &ldquo;Dr. Rock&rsquo;s book is the perfect antidote for the collective amnesia of the Seventh-day Adventist church when it comes to racism and the church&rsquo;s reluctance to confront the antithesis of the gospel of Jesus Christ.&rdquo;</p> <p> &ldquo;[This book] combines first-rate scholarship with the kind of insight that could only come from the author&rsquo;s deep personal roots and decades of leadership in the Black Adventist experience,&rdquo; said Douglas Morgan, professor of history at Washington Adventist University, who also described it as Adventism&rsquo;s most important book on race relations. &ldquo;Lucid, candid, provocative, yet redemptive, Protest and Progress is an exceptionally rare and invaluable gem given the church by one who has long loved it and served it with high distinction,&rdquo; Morgan said.</p> <p> &ldquo;Protest and Progress&rdquo; will be available after May 1 directly from Andrews University Press (<a href=""></a>), Adventist Book Centers and major online retailers.</p> Tue, 15 May 2018 09:36:58 +0000 2018 Andrews Research Conference: Social Sciences <p> The<strong> <a href="" target="_blank">Andrews Research Conference</a></strong> is organized to provide Adventist graduate students, post-docs and early career faculty (5 years post graduate school) the opportunity to share their research with one another and with Andrews University. Advanced undergraduate students and recent graduates are also invited.</p> <p> Revelant disciplines include anthropology, archaeology, community &amp; international development, economics, political science, psychology, social work, sociology, and related fields. We are pleased to hold ARC 2018 in conjunction with the annual&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Adventist Human-Subject Researchers Association Conference</a>.</p> <p> <strong>Location</strong>: Buller Hall</p> <p> <strong>Dates</strong>: <strong>ARC</strong>, May 14&ndash;16, 2018. <strong>AHSRA</strong>, May 16&ndash;19, 2018.</p> <p> <strong>Registration</strong>: Online registration is now open&mdash;<a href=";SINGLESTORE=true" target="_blank">click here</a>.</p> <p> ARC is organized by the&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Office of Research and Creative Scholarship</a>&nbsp;at Andrews University (Berrien Springs, Michigan). Please email all inquiries to&nbsp;<a href=""></a>.</p> Tue, 15 May 2018 09:36:43 +0000