Andrews University Agenda News and Events at Andrews University en-us Copyright 2017, Andrews University Sun, 17 Dec 2017 22:18:00 -0000 Sun, 17 Dec 2017 22:18:00 -0000 Campus Offices Closed for Christmas Holiday <p> All offices on campus will be closed for business during this week to encourage staff and faculty to spend quality time with their families during this special holiday season. We will reopen for regular business hours on Tuesday, Jan. 2.</p> Thu, 14 Dec 2017 14:17:29 +0000 Breaking Down the GOP Tax Plan <p> Congressman Fred Upton has been named to the committee of senators and representatives who will work to combine the two Republican tax bills. An Andrews University business professor weighed in on the plan as it gets worked out.</p> <p> &ldquo;When you have a chance to get extra money, then you can really hire more people, people tend to pay more respect to you, then the stockholders [are] going to go with you,&rdquo; said Dr. Jerry Chi, the assistant dean of Andrews University&rsquo;s business school. &ldquo;All of a sudden, you have, suddenly, the credibility that people really want to pay their due respect to you.&rdquo;</p> <p> &lt;&lt;&lt; Read the full story at the <a href="">abc57</a> site &gt;&gt;&gt;</p> Thu, 14 Dec 2017 13:20:01 +0000 Village SDA Church Services, December 16 <p> Village Church invites you to join us this Sabbath, Dec. 16, 2017.</p> <p> First service begins at 8:30 a.m., followed by Sabbath School programs for all ages.</p> <p> Second service will begin at 11:30 a.m. followed by a potluck meal.</p> <div> <span class="m_-8757593674192436557gmail-s1"><span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: Helvetica, sans-serif; color: rgb(50, 51, 51);"></span></span></div> <p> Both services will be presented by Pastor Ron Kelly.<span style="font-size: 11.5pt; font-family: Helvetica, sans-serif; color: rgb(50, 51, 51);"></span></p> <p> We look forward to seeing you!</p> <p> Village Church Address:<br /> 635 St Joseph Ave<br /> Berrien Springs MI 49103</p> <p> For more information please visit our website at&nbsp;<a href=""></a>.</p> Thu, 14 Dec 2017 12:10:56 +0000 Singers Wanted <p> We are looking for people willing to enter a&nbsp;jail to sing with and for incarcerated individuals from Berrien County. This will be one hour of singing seasonal songs and carols. A background check (free) will be required. Transportation can be provided. This is a unique opportunity to bring cheer to those who are awaiting trial.</p> <p> If you are interested, please email me at to arrange for the necessary paperwork and details. You may also call me at 269-281-6733.</p> Thu, 14 Dec 2017 11:46:49 +0000 Niles Philadelphia Church Service for December 16 <p> The Niles Philadelphia SDA Church invites you to worship with us this Sabbath, December 16. Sabbath School starts at 9:30, and the Divine Worship Experience commences at 11:15. This week's speaker will be Kenley Hall.</p> <p> Address: 33332 U.S. Highway 12, Niles Michigan, 49120.</p> Thu, 14 Dec 2017 08:17:31 +0000 December 27 LearningHub Upgrade <p> On December 27, LearningHub will be unavailable during a scheduled upgrade. <strong background-color:="" font-size:="" id="yui_3_17_2_1_1512437043813_386" pt="" style="color: rgb(128, 0, 0); font-family: ">LearningHub will be&nbsp;<span id="yui_3_17_2_1_1512437043813_390" style="text-decoration-line: underline; color: rgb(255, 0, 0);">UNAVAILABLE</span>&nbsp;for a maximum of 10 hours starting on&nbsp;<span id="yui_3_17_2_1_1512437043813_389" style="color: rgb(255, 0, 0);">December 27, 2017, at 12 p.m. (noon) EST</span>&nbsp;(GMT -5).&nbsp;</strong></p> <p> Please plan ahead accordingly. Contact us if you have any questions!</p> Wed, 13 Dec 2017 23:00:00 +0000 The Power of Encouraging Conversation <p> Students, faculty and staff filed into Chan Shun Hall on a brisk Saturday evening to engage in Free Intelligent Conversation (FreeIC). Presented by the Office of Diversity &amp; Inclusion and the Institutional Diversity &amp; Inclusion Action Council, this event encouraged dialogue and interpersonal growth between individuals of different backgrounds.</p> <p> Co-curricular credit was provided and the program began promptly at 6:30 p.m. on November 18. After participants engaged in some conversation warmups, Clifford Allen, a recruiting coordinator for International Business Machines (IBM), moderated a panel on discussing challenging topics. The panelists were Andrews University Student Association (AUSA) president Jessica Yoong (senior, business), Andrews University Graduate Student Association (AUGSA) president Mark Reid (Master of Divinity, third year) and Andrews University staff/faculty members: Jos&eacute; Bourget, associate chaplain, Krista Cooper, assistant professor of social work, and Marcella Myers, associate professor of political science.</p> <p> Founded and directed by Andrews University alumnus Kyle Emile (BS &rsquo;14), Free Intelligent Conversation is a non-profit organization started with one goal: to encourage conversation. According to the official FreeIC website, &ldquo;The movement has spread beyond Chicago&mdash;we&rsquo;ve made it into 15 major U.S. cities and have even stretched internationally into Canada and Italy.&rdquo;</p> <p> Reid said, &ldquo;I had heard about FreeIC in Chicago, but I was never able to attend. Having FreeIC on campus was a great opportunity to have conversation with individuals I normally wouldn&rsquo;t. I appreciate VP Nixon and his office for organizing this event. It highlighted the need for conversation. We are all different with different experiences and different opinions and different rationales, and the only way to experience all of that is through conversation.&rdquo;</p> <p> The organization sets out to accomplish three objectives: celebrate each other&rsquo;s differences, create places where you can talk about anything and encourage meaningful face-to-face conversation. The questions posed by the moderator aligned with these objectives.</p> <p> During the discussion, panelists were given the opportunity to answer these guided questions. Audience members recounted their favorite questions and topics that surfaced during the discussion.</p> <p> Autumn Goodman (sophomore, photography) said, &ldquo;One of the questions they asked at the FreeIC event was, &lsquo;If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be and why?&rsquo; They also talked about safe spaces and the purpose of creating them as well as the conflict that comes with having safe spaces for people to discuss issues but not having safe people in the safe spaces.&rdquo;</p> <p> While the questions certainly touched on important topics, individuals felt they were also relatable, which resulted in responses from people with varying backgrounds and experiences.</p> <p> Crystal-Anne Tan (sophomore, documentary film) said, &ldquo;The Free Intelligent Conversation event was a really positive experience. I think a lot of the questions asked could definitely be applied to everyday conversations with your peers just to get different perspectives.&rdquo;</p> <p> The moderator led the audience in breakout sessions before and after the panel discussion. During these sessions, audience members formed into groups of 4&ndash;5 and participated in conversation prompted by FreeIC question cards. Attendees resonated with the importance of group discussion and expressed the need for Andrews University to continue these events.</p> <p> Theard Pierre (freshman, theology) said, &ldquo;I enjoyed the FreeIC&rsquo;s groups of different people talking about things we usually never get a chance to speak on. You not only got to hear the thoughts of others but also connect with people you&rsquo;d never think you would or had the opportunity to speak to. Andrews should absolutely make more events like this. We need more intelligent conversations because the minds of the student body work and think differently!&rdquo;</p> Wed, 13 Dec 2017 20:21:58 +0000 Seminary Releases Revised MDiv Program <p> The Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary of Andrews University has revised the Master of Divinity (MDiv) program, providing a sharper focus to the degree with fewer credit hours required. The 78-credit program starts in fall 2018 and is designed to be completed in as little as two years by students with an undergraduate degree in theology. Students with degrees in other disciplines will follow a three-year plan to complete their MDiv.</p> <p> The previous 92-credit program took three years for the average student with a theology undergraduate degree to complete. The revised MDiv allows the same students to finish the program in less time if they have fulfilled all prerequisite courses and can demonstrate intermediate-level proficiency in biblical languages.</p> <p> &ldquo;I&rsquo;m thrilled about our newly revised MDiv,&rdquo; said Ji&rcaron;&iacute; Moskala, Seminary dean. &ldquo;It brings together the best in scholarship and praxis to provide a stellar biblical, theological, historical and missiological framework for our students&rsquo; future ministry. Evangelism combined with a profound knowledge of the Bible and pastoral care is the first priority in our coursework.&rdquo;</p> <p> The revisions to the MDiv were shaped by extensive consultation with North American Division (NAD) advisory groups, faculty committees, administrators, students and accreditation standards with the purpose of providing an enhanced degree.</p> <p> &ldquo;The revised MDiv is shorter, deeper and stronger,&rdquo; said Fernando Ortiz, MDiv program director. &ldquo;Students can now fulfill their educational goals more quickly without compromising the quality of the program.&rdquo;</p> <p> One key aspect of the credit reductions has involved working with undergraduate schools in a Curriculum Collaboration set up by the NAD. This collaboration reviewed the learning needed by a pastor to determine which should be studied at the MDiv level and which should be prerequisites or part of students&rsquo; post-seminary internship training. Students who have degrees in disciplines other than theology and sense a call from God to deepen their preparation for ministry will take prerequisite courses at the beginning of their MDiv program. These essential courses will establish a solid theological and practical foundation on which their MDiv studies can be built to prepare them for excellence in ministry.</p> <p> Revisions to the MDiv program included dividing selected classes such as Issues in Daniel and Revelation into two courses in order to provide students with greater depth of study and strengthen their Adventist identity. Other courses that shared similar subject matter were combined. Theological and preaching courses were diversified to equip students to meet the needs of an increasingly complex world.</p> <p> &ldquo;Congregational pastors, chaplains and youth pastors will be equipped to closely collaborate with our church schools, making the schools a center for their evangelistic and community activities,&rdquo; said Moskala.</p> <p> Attention to the Adventist health message was also a significant factor that shaped the MDiv revisions.</p> <p> &ldquo;We are particularly excited about our new health and wellness course that will be taken by all MDiv students,&rdquo; said Teresa Reeve, associate dean. &ldquo;Students will receive training in personal fitness and learn to bring the health message to their churches and communities.&rdquo;</p> <p> To allow time for exercise, spiritual life and work, along with the demands of classwork and ministry practice, the maximum number of credits allowed per semester for MDiv students has been reduced from 16 to 14 credits. This adjustment will not only prevent academic burnout but also sets a pattern for healthy, balanced living to maximize students&rsquo; effectiveness in their future ministry.</p> <p> Concentrations in Chaplaincy and in Youth and Young Adult Ministry are offered in the revised MDiv program. In addition, a new dual degree, the MDiv/Master of Science in Community and International Development, has been added to the already-established MDiv dual degrees (MDiv/Public Health, MDiv/Communication and MDiv/Social Work). These concentrations and dual-degree programs allow students to gain advanced understanding and competency in areas of interest in order to more skillfully address the needs of today&rsquo;s world.</p> <p> To learn more about the MDiv or to enroll in the program, email <a href=""></a> or visit <a href=""></a>.</p> Wed, 13 Dec 2017 19:50:34 +0000