Andrews University Agenda http://www.andrews.edu/agenda/ News and Events at Andrews University en-us Copyright 2016, Andrews University Wed, 27 Jul 2016 09:29:00 -0000 Wed, 27 Jul 2016 09:29:00 -0000 webmaster@andrews.edu webmaster@andrews.edu Physical Therapy Research Poster Presentations http://www.andrews.edu/agenda/42189 <p> The Class of 2016 Doctor of Physical Therapy scholars will present their original research posters on various physical therapy related topics.&nbsp; Everyone is welcome to attend this open house event between 9:00 am to 11:30 am.&nbsp; This will be a beneficial educational experience for faculty, clinicians and students.&nbsp; Please show your support of our student scholars by attending this function.&nbsp; Light refreshments will be served</p> Tue, 26 Jul 2016 14:34:55 +0000 CYB Group Training at Lamson Health Club http://www.andrews.edu/agenda/41242 <p> Achieve absolutely fabulous results with CYB Group Training at the Lamson Health Club! The workouts are individualized to your specific needs to help you to&nbsp;reach your fitness/health goals. You will progress at your own pace and you will experience healthy and noticeable increase in energy, strength and decrease in weight. Do not wait and take charge of your health now! AU employees may be reimbursed up to 50%. The training will begin on Thursday, July 28, at 6pm in the Lamson Health Club. If you are interested in joining the August session, please-mail Anna at anna@changingyourbody.com</p> Mon, 25 Jul 2016 15:00:02 +0000 Alumnus Wins "Nobel Prize for Blindness" http://www.andrews.edu/agenda/42362 <p> Andrews University Alumnus Ray McAllister became the first Adventist to win the prestigious Dr. Jacob Bolotin Award at the ninth annual Awards event during the 2016 convention in early July. The award comes from the <a href="https://nfb.org/">National Federation of the Blind</a> (NFB) and includes the highest possible cash prize totaling $20,000. In addition to being a fully licensed massage therapist, McAllister is an adjunct teacher for the University&rsquo;s School of Distance Education and International Partnerships.</p> <p> The <a href="https://nfb.org/bolotin-award-main">Jacob Bolotin Award</a> is a cash award program to recognize individuals and organizations working in the field of blindness that have made outstanding contributions toward achieving the full integration of the blind into society on a basis of equality.</p> <p> &ldquo;It is my prayer that this award will give me the recognition I need to negotiate with scholars around the world so I can have access to the text materials I need,&rdquo; says McAllister.</p> <p> Jacob Bolotin, for whom the award is named, was a blind physician who lived and practiced in Chicago from 1912 until his death in 1924. The NFB prides itself as being &ldquo;the only organization that believes in the full capacity of blind people, and has the power, influence, diversity and determination to help transform [their] dreams into reality.&rdquo;</p> <p> This accomplishment is known in many circles as the Nobel Peace Prize of Blindness. McAllister, along with Sarah Blake LaRose, professional Braille transcriber, professor of Hebrew and alumna of Anderson University (Indiana) and Matthew Yeater, current president of the NFB in Michiana, comprise the Semitic Scholars.</p> <p> The Semitic Scholars are a group of three blind academics who created a Braille code for ancient biblical languages so that source documents of religious texts can be studied independently by blind students in their original context&mdash;a task that was previously impossible.</p> <p> In 2010, after becoming the first totally blind person to earn a Ph.D. with a concentration in Old Testament, which he earned from the <a href="http://www.andrews.edu/seminary">Seventh-day Adventist Seminary</a> on the campus of Andrews University, McAllister began this project by utilizing his resources which included computer-code-style files which used letters, numbers and punctuations to represent Greek and Hebrew symbols. McAllister utilized a computer that would convert these symbols into Braille letters and show them on a Braille display, which is a device using something similar to magnetic pins that pop up in the shape of Braille words. However, McAllister needed something that would appear more like Braille Greek and Hebrew, just with extra symbols.</p> <p> McAllister developed coding for the symbols not already established in Braille. Hebrew has accents which help one know when to pause while reading and which can be used to inform readers how to chant or sing the text, but these symbols were not previously charted in Braille Hebrew.</p> <p> &ldquo;Since chanting is a task a blind person can enjoy, I felt the need to prepare Hebrew Bibles in Braille with all these symbols,&rdquo; explains McAllister. &ldquo;Once I developed these symbols, I needed to have them peer reviewed.&rdquo;</p> <p> In 2007, LaRose developed a Braille table for Biblical Greek and Hebrew with all its technical markings. Through guidance from LaRose, McAllister completed a system that could be used to prepare texts that the blind could use. Using this system and Microsoft Word&rsquo;s &ldquo;search and replace&rdquo; function along with the Aleppo Hebrew Bible, McAllister translated the text into Braille.</p> <p> &ldquo;I converted that entire Hebrew Bible, accents and all, into Braille, and, yes, I have chanted Hebrew from it fluidly,&rdquo; says McAllister. &ldquo;I also converted many other Hebrew documents, Semitic inscriptions, and many Greek documents into Braille.&rdquo;</p> <p> In 2014, McAllister collaborated with Duxbury Systems, a company that produces software to convert documents of various languages into Braille. Through Duxbury, McAllister began working with Yeater. Yeater had been working with Duxbury to set up a system for converting biblical language documents containing many languages, including English, into Braille.</p> <p> Through working with other key individuals, Duxbury is able to convert many ancient texts without using the &ldquo;search and replace&rdquo; function.</p> <p> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s definitely a lot easier relying on Duxbury to do most of the translation into Braille,&rdquo; says McAllister. &ldquo;My dreams for the future of this project are simple: I wish to have more texts in more ancient languages in Braille format. Besides this, I have no idea how God will lead.&nbsp; I only know that he has led thus far, and what is to come will only be even more of an adventure.&rdquo;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <h3> Related Links</h3> <ul> <li> Find your degree of interest in the <a href="http://www.andrews.edu/seminary">Seminary</a></li> <li> Learn more about <a href="https://www.andrews.edu/cas/religion/programs/">biblical languages and religion studies</a> at Andrews University</li> <li> FAQ about <a href="http://www.duxburysystems.com/faq.asp">Duxbury Systems</a></li> <li> <a href="http://www.afb.org/info/living-with-vision-loss/braille/what-is-braille/123">What is Braille</a>?</li> </ul> Mon, 25 Jul 2016 14:10:13 +0000 The Trade http://www.andrews.edu/agenda/42452 <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 1.2em; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, Times, serif; vertical-align: baseline;"> <em>Dennis Hollingsead, prospect research officer in the Office of Development at Andrews University, wrote the following article for Spectrum Magazine.</em></p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 1.2em; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, Times, serif; vertical-align: baseline;"> * * * * *</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 1.2em; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, Times, serif; vertical-align: baseline;"> <em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-weight: inherit; font-size: 14.4014px; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Commie</em>&nbsp;&mdash; a common playing marble, especially one not used as a shooter.</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 1.2em; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, Times, serif; vertical-align: baseline;"> Have you ever traded something that you valued highly, for something that you desired even more? I remember in the third grade trading away some very prized marbles. A friend of mine had brought to school a very special marble &mdash; an aggie made of agate. I don&rsquo;t remember the color of it but I do remember that I wanted it more than any marble I had.&nbsp;</p> <p> &lt;&lt;&lt; Read the full story in <a href="http://spectrummagazine.org/article/2016/07/24/trade">Spectrum</a> &gt;&gt;&gt;</p> Mon, 25 Jul 2016 14:05:59 +0000 Climate Change = Cannibal Gulls? http://www.andrews.edu/agenda/42450 <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;"> <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px; line-height: 16px;">Jim Hayward, a professor at Andrews University in Michigan,&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px; line-height: 16px;">slips on a hard hat and pops open an umbrella before stepping into a storm of angry gulls.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 12.8px; line-height: 16px; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> Hayward, a seabird biologist based on Protection Island in the Strait of Juan de Fuca, is making his evening rounds through the largest gull nesting colony in the Puget Sound region. He&rsquo;s been monitoring this site since 1987, so he&rsquo;s used to the shrieking, the divebombing, the frequent splatterings of gull poop, and the pecking at his head, hands and feet.</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 12.8px; line-height: 16px; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> What he&rsquo;s not accustomed to is the cannibalism.&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; font-size: 12.8px; line-height: 16px; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> &lt;&lt;&lt; Read the full story in the <a href="http://thedailyworld.com/newswire/northwest/climate-change-may-be-turning-gulls-cannibals">Kitsap Sun</a> &gt;&gt;&gt;</p> Mon, 25 Jul 2016 14:03:04 +0000 Eau Claire Church Service for July 30 http://www.andrews.edu/agenda/42447 <p class="p1"> <span class="s1">Eau Claire SDA Church</span></p> <p class="p1"> <span class="s1">6562 Naomi Road</span></p> <p class="p1"> <span class="s1">Eau Claire, MI 49111</span></p> <p class="p2"> &nbsp;</p> <p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Sabbath Speaker: Max Gordiienko</span></p> <p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Sermon Title:&nbsp; &quot;Eternal Blessing</span><span class="s2">&quot;</span></p> <p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Church Service: 10:50 am</span></p> <p class="p3"> <span class="s1">Sabbath School: 9:15 am</span></p> Mon, 25 Jul 2016 13:50:12 +0000 Pioneer Memorial Church Sabbath School http://www.andrews.edu/agenda/42365 <p> Join PMC for a wide variety of Bible study options for all ages.</p> Sat, 23 Jul 2016 10:45:00 +0000 Pioneer Memorial Church First Service http://www.andrews.edu/agenda/42364 <p> Join Pioneer Memorial Church on the campus of Andrews University for its 9 am service where Pastor Don Dronen will present the sermon &quot;God and Mister Rogers: Won't You Be My Neighbor? - part 6&quot;.</p> Sat, 23 Jul 2016 09:00:00 +0000