Andrews University Agenda News and Events at Andrews University en-us Copyright 2018, Andrews University Sun, 22 Jul 2018 15:49:00 -0000 Sun, 22 Jul 2018 15:49:00 -0000 Christmas in June! <p> It&rsquo;s beginning to look a lot like&hellip;Christmas in June!</p> <div class="sqs-block-content"> <p> Every year across Southwest Michigan, food pantries see themselves fully stocked in the winter months and holiday season. However, when summer hits, <strong>food donations go down and their shelves are harder to keep stocked</strong>. This can leave low-income, hard working families with very few options. <strong>United Way of Southwest Michigan is asking local businesses to help them stock the local food pantries with items (IN GROUPS OF 100) to help them through the summer months.&nbsp;</strong>They will be collecting all the items on June 20 and June 21 at the following drop-off locations:</p> <ul> <li> Upton Middle School, 800 Maiden Ln, St. Joseph, MI 49085</li> <li> Buchanan Middle School Cafeteria, 610 W 4th St, Buchanan, MI 49107</li> <li> Brookside Learning Center, 61662 Dailey Rd, Cassopolis, MI 49031</li> </ul> <p> Last year, several departments at Andrews contributed toward 15,000 items for 22 local pantries. This year, UWSM has a goal of 30,000 items since they now have 32 pantries that will be benefitting from this event.</p> </div> <p> For more information and to sign up, visit <a href=""></a>.</p> <p> Our participation in this global Day of Action will bring some much-needed cheer to local families and those in our community who serve them.</p> <p> Thank you for your support!</p> Thu, 10 May 2018 12:17:32 +0000 Senior PGA Ticket Proceeds Option <p> The Senior PGA has made provisions for Emergency Shelter Services (a United Way of Southwest Michigan funded partner) to receive 50% of ticket sales that are purchased under the agency name. Funds that are raised will provide the opportunity to make much-needed repairs at the family shelter located at 645 Pipestone, Benton Harbor, Michigan; fund the newly-developed scholarship with Lake Michigan College; and continue to help the residents of Berrien County, Michigan, achieve &quot;THE BEST LIFE!&quot;</p> <ol> <li> Go to <a href=""></a>, insert the access code: FUNDRAISER</li> <li> Choose desired daily grounds tickets (add to cart)</li> <li> Select Checkout</li> <li> As you checkout, select &quot;Emergency Shelter Services&quot; in the dropdown &quot;Affiliation Name&quot; line under Customer Information</li> </ol> <p> That's it!</p> <p> Thank you in advance for remembering our neighbors in Benton Harbor.</p> Thu, 10 May 2018 12:04:51 +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 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