Andrews University Agenda News and Events at Andrews University en-us Copyright 2017, Andrews University Mon, 20 Nov 2017 21:50:00 -0000 Mon, 20 Nov 2017 21:50:00 -0000 Andrews & United Way: Changing the Community Story <p class="p1"> <span class="s3">Andrews&rsquo; annual employee United Way Campaign launched on October 2!&nbsp;This is one of the ways we as a community can exercise Christ&rsquo;s commission to all of us to care for those around us, providing basic needs and </span><span class="s3">job skills </span><span class="s3">as well as improving education readiness and opportunities, and general health for children and adults, not only physically but also socially and emotionally.</span></p> <p class="p1"> Our dedicated United Way campaign group leaders are Carissa Loy Andrews, Carmelita Arthur, David Iwasa, Kathy Iwasa, Fares Magesa, Rebecca May, Quentin Sahly, Konnely Santana, Dorothy Show, and Kevin &amp; Vicki Wiley.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p1"> <span class="s3">Here are a few important things to note about this year's campaign:</span></p> <ul> <li class="p1"> <span class="s3">The campaign will run for four weeks. Each week, everyone will receive a weekly email update from their campus group leader.</span></li> <li class="p1"> <span class="s3">This year&rsquo;s goal is $22,000&nbsp;however $15,000 is already committed by 117 employees giving consistently through payroll deduction! Together we can close the gap!</span></li> <li class="p1"> <span class="s3">Giving incentives have been generously provided for our campaign by The Boulevard Inn, Village Hardware, and Villwocks Outdoor Living. A county-wide incentive from Tyler Automotive is also on the list! Check your pledge form packet or ask your campus group leader for details.</span></li> <li class="p1"> <span class="s3">Everyone can participate in one or more of three ways: Give. Advocate. Volunteer.</span></li> <li class="p1"> <span class="s3">Your campus group leader will keep you updated on the campaign and provide more information on the many ways United Way of Southwest Michigan is changing the stories of our community neighbors&mdash;right here in our own Berrien and Cass Counties.</span></li> </ul> <p class="p1"> <span class="s3">For more information, visit <a href=""></a> or contact campaign chair, Dalry Payne, in the Office of the President at <span class="s4"><a href=""></a>.</span></span></p> Wed, 04 Oct 2017 09:43:41 +0000 United Way Day of Action for Seniors <div> Volunteer teams are needed to rake leaves and clean gutters for senior citizens in your community! These activities can be difficult, if not impossible, for seniors. They can easily fall, strain muscles or simply not be physically able to do the work. But with your help, seniors could be ready for winter!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <strong>Thursday, November 9</strong>&nbsp;marks the 7th annual Day of Action for Seniors where volunteers LIVE UNITED by helping Berrien and Cass County seniors winterize their homes. The goal is to serve 200 senior citizens in our community on one day! To reach that goal, we need over 500 volunteers!</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <strong>VOLUNTEERS:</strong>&nbsp;To sign up: <a href=""></a> <u>Volunteer Sign Up Deadline is October 19, 2017</u></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <strong>SENIORS</strong>: If you are a senior citizen (60+) who is physically unable to do leaf raking or gutter cleaning and cannot afford to hire this type of service, sign up online or call 269-982-1700, ext. 1136, to have a volunteer team come to your home. Seniors will be served on a first-come, first-served basis. The number of seniors helped will depend on the number of volunteers recruited.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> To sign up:<a href=""></a> <u>Senior Sign Up Deadline is October 19, 2017</u></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> FOR MORE INFO CONTACT: Julee Laurent at 269-932-3566 or <a href=""></a></div> Wed, 20 Sep 2017 16:23:21 +0000 United Way Harvey Recovery Fund <p> United Way Worldwide has launched the United Way Harvey Recovery Fund to support local communities in Texas, Louisiana and the surrounding areas affected by Hurricane Harvey. This fund will help local United Ways meet the storm-related needs and support long-term recovery throughout the affected regions. With your support, we can help rebuild communities. 100% of individual donations given to the United Way Harvey Recovery Fund will be distributed to local United Ways in the affected areas.</p> <p> You can donate by following this link: <a href=""></a></p> <p> <em>Andrews employees please note that this is not part of the Andrews Annual Employee Campaign. Please direct your contributions</em><em> to United Way through the website above.</em></p> <p> <strong>United Way fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community. LIVE UNITED<sup>&reg;</sup></strong></p> Fri, 01 Sep 2017 10:29:01 +0000 Uniting Campus & Community Wed, 30 Aug 2017 01:17:56 +0000 Change Day <p> <strong>What is Change Day?</strong><br /> September 14, 2017, is our first annual campus-wide Change Day. Change Day is our way of giving back to the community through acts of service. Our mission at Andrews University is to seek knowledge, affirm faith and change the world. What better place to start change than at home?</p> <p> <strong>How do I get involved?</strong><br /> Meet us at the flag pole at 8 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 14, to sign up for a project site. We have variety of activities including, painting, yard work, cleaning, demolishing, pressure washing and much more! Both breakfast and lunch will be provided. Travel will consist of carpool and bus transportation. For more information about project sites, please visit the 'Local' tab.</p> <p> <strong>What should I wear?</strong><br /> All volunteers should come ready to serve their community in clothes they do not mind getting dirty. Long pants and closed-toe shoes are preferred and encouraged. Change Day 2017 T-shirts will be provided!</p> Fri, 25 Aug 2017 13:54:45 +0000 A Different Way <p> <em>The following message was sent to faculty, staff and students on August 17, 2017, from President Andrea Luxton.</em><br /> &nbsp;</p> <p> Students and Colleagues,</p> <p> Today I had the privilege of addressing the faculty and staff of Andrews University at the annual State of the University address. I shared my hopes and dreams for the year ahead for all of us, but I did so recognizing that our future and our commitments, especially to community, have necessarily deepened as a result of the events of the last week.</p> <p> Only a few days ago, white supremacists, Neo-Nazis and members of the KKK decided to use another campus in Charlottesville, Virginia, as the base for despicable words and acts of bigotry, racism and hatred. I stand with the many others throughout this nation to condemn without reservations both the philosophy and actions of these alt-right groups that seek to demean, diminish and even eradicate those whose skin color and in some cases religion are different to theirs. Such actions and words are completely counter to the values of this campus and the gospel which we live.</p> <p> Three lives were sadly and senselessly lost during the events of last weekend. Many other lives were changed forever by hatred and intimidation. I would ask that as a community we respond by a personal and corporate commitment to model a different way. We will continue to learn how we are stronger as we embrace each other&rsquo;s rich differences. We will continue to respond to the biblical call to unity and love. We will listen, hear, laugh together and cry together. That is Andrews University&mdash;where learning, faith and a caring community must go together.</p> <p> May the 2017-18 academic year at Andrews University be remembered for the way we lived out the gospel in our relationships.</p> <p> Read more thoughts on this topic from the leaders of the <a href="">Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America</a> and our new <a href="">Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion</a> at Andrews University.</p> <p> Sincerely,</p> <p> Andrea Luxton<br /> President</p> Thu, 17 Aug 2017 17:21:34 +0000 Summer Graduation 2017 <p> Andrews University&rsquo;s Summer Commencement is scheduled for the weekend of August 4-6, 2017. Graduation weekend events begin Friday evening with the Consecration service in Pioneer Memorial Church and will continue with the Baccalaureate church service, Sabbath afternoon certification and dedication services, Saturday night vespers and the President&rsquo;s reception, and conclude with Commencement on Sunday, August 6.</p> <p> Robert Zdor, professor of biology, will offer the Consecration address titled, &ldquo;Life in the Quarry,&rdquo; at 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 4.</p> <p> As a native of the Centennial state, Colorado, Robert Zdor enjoys the mountains and the solitude of the wilderness. He has taught biology at Andrews University for the past 25 years and helps introduce students to the rigors of the biological world. He obtained his PhD in&nbsp;plant&nbsp;pathology from the University of Missouri and specializes in&nbsp;the field of plant microbiology, in which he continues research. He also serves as an editor of the journals for the Society for Applied Microbiology. He is privileged to be married to his wife, Barbara,&nbsp;and proud of their two sons, one of whom is graduating this weekend with a physical therapy degree.</p> <p> On Saturday, Aug. 5, John Wesley Taylor V, associate education director for the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, will present the Baccalaureate address titled, &ldquo;Life, a Journey. God, the Guide.&rdquo; during the 11:45 a.m. service at Pioneer Memorial Church.</p> <p> Taylor was born in Puerto Rico and has served as teacher and administrator in various institutions in Mexico, the Philippines and the U.S. He has taught at the elementary through graduate levels in a dozen different countries. He holds bachelor&rsquo;s degrees in health science and in religion, master&rsquo;s degrees in educational administration and instructional technology and doctorates in curriculum and instruction and in educational psychology&mdash;gifted and research. Since 2010, Dr. Taylor has served as an associate director of education, as well as an editor of College and University Dialogue and chair of the Advisory Board for The Journal of Adventist Education.</p> <p> On Sunday, Aug. 6, Maurice Valentine II, executive secretary of the Lake Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, will give the Commencement address, &ldquo;Rise and Shine!&rdquo; at 9 a.m. in Pioneer Memorial Church.</p> <p> Valentine&rsquo;s journey in pastoral ministry has covered five states and eleven churches, and for a decade he has served as departmental leader and administrator for three conference institutions: Mid America Union, Central States Conference and Lake Union. He has trained over 500 church leaders in strategic planning, leadership coaching, conflict management, marital enrichment and team-based discipleship systems, and has shared his faith in Canada, the Caribbean and England. Valentine holds degrees in communications and theology from Oakwood University and a Masters of Divinity from Andrews University.&nbsp;</p> <p> Commencement seating is by ticket only. A live streaming link will be provided at on Friday, Aug. 4. For more information and a full schedule of events, visit <a href=""></a>.</p> Thu, 27 Jul 2017 21:40:01 +0000 Summer Graduation Weekend Thu, 27 Jul 2017 16:32:16 +0000