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Honor High School Students to Receive College Credit Through Washington Adventist University for Attending the 2014 Congress of Future Medical Leaders

Washington – Oct. 21, 2013 – Based on the educational content of the 2014 Congress of Future Medical Leaders, the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists is now proud to partner with Washington Adventist University to offer one transferrable college credit for scholars attending the Congress to be held in Washington, D.C., Feb. 14-16, 2014.

The Congress of Future Medical Leaders is an honors-only program for high school students who want to become physicians or go into medical research fields. The purpose of this event is to honor, inspire, motivate and direct the top students in the United States who aspire to be physicians or medical scientists to stay true to their dreams and, after the event, to provide a path, a plan and resources to help them reach their goals.

To be eligible for Washington Adventist University college credit, scholars must successfully complete the 2014 Congress of Future Medical Leaders, receive the Academy’s Award of Excellence, complete an application for the credit with WAU and submit an essay on “My Vision for the Future of Medicine.”

The Congress is sponsored by the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists, which offers free services to students who want to be physicians or go into medical science. Some of the services and programs the Academy plans to launch in 2013 and 2014 are online social networks through which future doctors and medical scientists can communicate; opportunities for students to be guided and mentored by physicians and other medical students; and communications for parents and students on college acceptance and finances, skills acquisition, internships, career guidance and much more.

The credit will be issued on a pass-fail basis. Payment of $250 must be made for college credit one week before the start of the Congress, Feb. 14, 2014. Acceptance of the credit to a college of the attending scholar’s choice is at the discretion of and determined by the policies of that institution. Washington Adventist University standard transcript policies and fees will apply.

Washington Adventist University is a private liberal arts institution located in Takoma Park, MD. It is the only four-year residential college in Montgomery County, a popular suburb of Washington, D.C. Founded in 1904, WAU offers a Christian education to nearly 1,500 students of all faiths through eight graduate and 32 undergraduate programs. The 2011 edition of U.S. News & World Report ranked the University among the best regional colleges in the northern region and as one of the most diverse institutions of higher learning in the United States.

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Students Set New Standard for Ministry

On Washington Adventist University (WAU) Ministry Department’s “Cruise with a Purpose,” January 5-14, Brittany Bower proved the perfect example of Christian humility and compassion.  Moved by the plight of a young girl, who arrived at a mission event in the Dominican Republic without shoes, Brittany, a junior biology major from Baltimore, promptly removed hers and handed them to the teenager. She spent the rest of the afternoon in her socks until a group member loaned her a pair of size 13 flip-flops.

 “It actually began with a little boy who kept tugging at my clothes. I had given him a shirt and some pants but he needed some shoes. I looked around and this one boy, who already had shoes, had got another pair. I felt badly that I did not have an extra pair for the little boy, so when I saw this girl, who was about 12 or 13, without shoes, it was a chance to make up for it.”

 Bower, an aspiring dentist, was one of 17 WAU students who sailed aboard the Royal Caribbean’s Enchantment of the Seas for the 9 days and 10 nights trip, led by Chaplain Kaneil Williams, and sponsored by Zack Plantak, Ph.D., chair of the religion department.

 While they thoroughly enjoyed life aboard the cruise liner and the adventure of travel, it was the opportunity to serve that beckoned and fulfilled them most.

 “As an active member of the United States Air force National Guards, I have said the words, “service before self…” many times before. This trip brought new meaning to these words, as I went on my first mission ever; only that I was a soldier in the Lord’s army,” said Chenelle Chichester “The experience really changed my life and I look forward to Cruise 2014. “

 The La Perla community in Puerto Rico, known as one of the islands most notorious neighborhoods for violence and drug trafficking, was the first stop for the group. Undeterred, the group played a friendly basketball match with residents before moving to the local community center for worship and distribution of clothing, toys, and health and food supplies, all donated by the students.

 On their second stop, St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands, the group led devotion and played volleyball with students from St. John St. Thomas Seventh-day Adventist Academy, handed out bags of toys and supplies to students at Nanna Baby Care, a state funded orphanage and played games with troubled young people at Sea View Adolescent Center and encouraged them to make the right choices for their future.

 The last stop was Samana, Dominican Republic. Students led worship with members of the community in Downtown Wilmore and painted a local church.

“The distribution in Wilmore was the highlight of our mission trip,” said Chaplain Williams. “ In the midst of rain showers, students passed out pain medicines, vitamins, and supplies to residents. None complained and everyone worked together to make sure that everyone got something”

 It was here that Bower gave away the shoes off her feet and gave real meaning to Jesus’ teaching: “Verily I say unto you, inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.”

“That experience was worth the whole trip,” Williams said.

“Cruise with a Mission 2013” has helped to redefine what mission work looks like in a post-modern context, he added.

“Cruise ships can me more that floating resorts if we let them. Though we could not omit the pleasures of the setting, we found a way to make that experience peripheral to our purpose, which was to serve those whom we met,” he said.

Vision

December 2011

KEV_7137editedThe stated vision for Washington Adventist University is to produce graduates who bring competence and moral leadership to their communities.  An essential aspect of this vision is character building.  In the book Education (p.225) by Ellen G. White, she states: “True education does not ignore the value of scientific knowledge or literary acquirements; but above information it values power; above power, goodness; above the intellectual acquirements, character.  The world does not so much need men of great intellect as of noble character.  It needs men in whom ability is controlled by steadfast principle.”

Further, Sister White said,  “Character building is the most important work ever entrusted to human beings; and never before was its diligent study so important as now.  Never was any previous generation called to meet issues so momentous; never before were young men and young women confronted by perils so great as confront them today.”

My friends, please continue to pray for the administration, faculty and staff that as we impart knowledge in business, science, arts and technical skills, that we will model the life and teachings of Jesus to our students and coworkers.  Our task is not only to prepare our graduates for the world of work, but also for the new world, eternity.