TAKOMA PARK, Md. (Nov. 25) - According to the Creation story in Genesis, God created the world ex nihilo: out of nothing. Then He broke the ground, gathered the dust of the earth, and made the first man. Breaking ground for a new athletic field at Washington Adventist University (WAU) is also an act of creation. This new field will be one means of recreating our students by helping them experience true education – “the harmonious development of the mental, physical and spiritual powers.” (Ellen White) It is the goal of WAU to help its learning community develop a balanced life in every dimension of living.
Groundbreaking for the new athletic field signals the start of an extreme makeover that has been needed for decades. The new field will be made of AstroTurf® and will allow for a variety of activities by students, staff, and members of the local community. Men’s and women’s soccer, intramural activities, and community group activities will enjoy a safe and aesthetically pleasing field during all the seasons of the year. “On this new field, we will not only build muscles, but also character and good sportsmanship.” (Patrick Crarey)
The WAU President, Dr. Weymouth Spence, officiated at the groundbreaking activity. He was assisted by Dave Weigley, Chair of the WAU Board of Trustees. Congratulatory comments were made by Patrick Crarey, Athletic Director of WAU; Jarrett Smith, Takoma Park Council Member; and Terrill North, candidate, County Council. It is estimated that refurbishment of the new athletic field will be completed April 2014.
TAKOMA PARK, Md. (Sept. 25) - Washington Adventist University (WAU) Inaugural Visionaries Gala, held at the Congressional Country Club, Bethesda, Md., September 22, is being hailed as a resounding success by Vice President for Advancement and University Relations, L. Roo McKenzie, Ed.D.
“I am extremely pleased,” McKenzie said. “We worked hard over the last few months and I prayed that it would be a resounding success—and it was.”
An enthusiastic Dave Weigley, president of the Columbia Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists and chair of the Washington Adventist University Board of Trustees, echoed McKenzie’s sentiments.
“WAU is just taking off,” Weigley said. “Two years ago, we had the highest enrollment in the history of the university, and we built our first new building in over 40 years. … This was an outstanding event to celebrate WAU's exceptional progress in recent years and to recast a renewed vision called "Vision 20/20”.
He added that he was deeply appreciative of “the dedication of President Weymouth Spence; Provost Cheryl Kisunzu; Vice President for Finance and Administration Patrick Farley; and the board, faculty and staff who are moving our mission forward there.”
For President Weymouth Spence, the Gala represents “a watershed moment in the history of Washington Adventist University.”
“We are signaling our intention to grow this university and to deepen our footprints as a higher education institution in the Washington, D.C. area and the country in general,” Spence said.
Highlight of the gala included presentation of the WAU Visionary Award to four individuals of extraordinary accomplishment and service: NBA legend Dikembe Mutombo, for excellence in humanitarian service; educator, businesswoman, activist and philanthropist, Evelyn Bata, Ph.D., for excellence in service to Washington Adventist University; head of the Duke Ellington School for the Arts, Rory Pullens for excellence in community transformation; and chair of the WAU music department, James Bingham, Ph.D., for excellence in the Musical Arts and Humanities.
The gala is envisioned as an annual event to support Vision 2020, a blueprint for campus development over the next seven years. Guided by the motto, Vision 2020–Growing with Excellence, WAU aims to improve all facets of its operations to become a thriving university in the competitive higher education market. In academics, the University aims to exceed accreditation standards; develop a strong curriculum in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics; expand service learning; conduct ongoing program review; make strategic reinvestment in the quality of programs; and promote and strengthen support services that reflect 21st century best practices.
TAKOMA PARK, Md. (Aug. 20) - Professor of Religion Olive Hemmings, Ph.D., is the author of a newly release work, Sacred Texts and Social Conflict, exploring the debate over women’s ordination within the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
“Here stands a dynamic faith community whose founding prophet and major source of authority outside the Bible is a woman,” a description on Amazon.com reads. “Thirteen decades after a resolution to ordain women, it continues to search the Bible for reasons to ordain or not. And yet, throughout its history, women have always functioned as ministers of the gospel. There must be some supra-biblical force driving the resistance. Hemmings goes behind the scenes of the debate to examine the profound and age old drama—the human struggle to find its best self.
The review calls the book “a surgical work of removing a tight, well fitted mask to reveal the real social fears and inhibitions driving the hermeneutics.”
It is described further as helpful for students of sacred texts wishing to observe the social dynamics driving interpretation, and even formation of sacred texts. Hemmings describes it as “a great starting point for any research on the issue of women’s ordination.”
Hemmings has been teaching in Seventh-day Adventist higher education since 1983. In the teaching of New Testament Bible, Ethics, and World Religions, she tends to call attention to the essential co-relation between religious ideologies/convictions and human civilization.
TAKOMA PARK, Md. (Aug. 28)- Printing of the first North American edition of the Russian New Testament and the Psalms, produced by the Washington Adventist University (WAU) Bible Translation Institute in partnership with Zaoksky Theological Seminary in Russia, has been completed by Pacific Press, Nampa, Idaho.
A dedication service was held, August 26, at the Press’ headquarters, and on September 5, 3ABN taped a special program to mark the new development.
“This summer has been immensely profitable and both our inter-denominational teams in Zaoksky, Russia, and here at WAU, are working around the clock to stay on target,” said Michael Kulakov, professor of theology, history and philosophy at WAU; chief editor for the translation project and director of the Russian Bible Translation Institute. “By God’s grace, we have completed work on the poetic books of the Bible and are currently working on the books of Joshua and Judges. The books of the Major and Minor prophets have also been completed.”
“We appreciate continued prayers from the WAU family for the work of our teams during this most decisive year,” he added.
Kulakov is currently in the fourth year of a five year sabbatical to complete the translation of the entire Bible into Russian by 2015. Seeing the first North American edition of the New Testament and the Psalms in print, was particularly moving for him, Kulakov said, since it was his late father, Dr. Mikhail P. Kulakov Sr. who founded the Institute at Zaoksky and worked tirelessly for over a decade to produce the translation of the New Testament and the Psalms.
TAKOMA PARK, Md. (Aug. 8) - Washington Adventist University is enjoying its best credit rating ever, thanks to its improved working capital position. An August 5 report from Dun & Bradstreet upgraded the University’s Supplier Evaluation Risk Rating has been improved from a 2 to a 1. T
The current scale is from nine to one with nine being the lowest—high risk—and one being a low risk. Moving from a 2 to a 1 is the best possible rating.
The rating is based on past payment history and the ability to pay or availability of working capital.
“To achieve the most favorable risk rating is further evidence that the financial position of Washington Adventist University has been remarkably improved over the past five years and, at this moment, our vendors view us with a great deal of confidence,” said Patrick Farley, vice president for finance and administration.
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