Washington Adventist University Honors Program to Host Oct. 29 and Nov. 5 Events, Marking 100th Anniversary of BLAST

One of the most recognizable literary magazines of the modernist period

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Takoma Park, Md. (October 23, 2014) The Honors Program of Washington Adventist University is hosting an exhibition and lecture to mark the 100th Anniversary of BLAST magazine, one of the most recognizable publications to emerge from London during the modernist period, with its distinctive pink cover and provocative bold typography that were intended to interject energy and new thinking into the staid British culture of the time.  A number of writers and artists associated with BLAST went on to produce some of the most recognizable modernist texts, such as James Joyce’s Ulysses and T.S. Eliot’s “The Waste Land.”

On October 29 at 7 p.m., an exhibition, “BLAST and the Rise of Literary Modernism 1914-1922” will open in the university’s Department of English and Modern Languages (located in the basement of Wilkinson Hall, 7600 Flower Ave., Takoma Park, Md. 20912). Refreshments will be served at the opening, and the exhibition will remain on view during office hours until February 4. For anyone planning to visit after the opening event, be sure to contact the English Department to ensure that the building will be open. The phone number is 301-891-4065.

A lecture, “New Media Modernism: BLAST and Video Games, will be given at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, November 5 by Sean Latham, Ph.D., chair of the Department of English at the University of Tulsa. He will deliver an original reading of BLAST using video game theory.  Latham is also current editor of the James Joyce Journal, co-director of the Modernist Journals Project (co-sponsored by the University of Tulsa and Brown University), and is past president of the Modernist Studies Association. The lecture will be delivered in the Richards Hall Chapel on campus.

Both events are free and open to the public.  They are part of a series of anniversary-themed events, hosted by the Honors Program to mark the program’s 10th anniversary.

For more information please visit: www.wauhonorsprogram.org, or email: wauhonors@gmail.com

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Washington Adventist University is Montgomery County's only four-year private college. Part of the Seventh-day Adventist system of higher education, Washington Adventist University has been educating college students since 1904 on a 19-acre campus in suburban Takoma Park, close to the nation’s capital. A total of 1,080 students of all faiths participate in the university’s eight graduate and 32 undergraduate programs. The 2014 edition of U.S. News & World Report ranked Washington Adventist University among the best regional colleges in the north.

Media Contacts:
Angie Crews, 301-891-4134, acrews@wau.edu
Donna Bigler, 240-286-1169, dbigler@wau.edu

North American Association of Christians in Social Work To Launch a Forum for Adventist Social Workers

First Meeting to Take Place at 6th Annual NACSW Convention November 6-9

Takoma Park, Md. (October 15, 2014) A forum for Adventist social workers will be launched on November 7 at 1 p.m. as part of the 6th Annual North American Association of Christians in Social Work (NACSW) Convention, which will take place from November 6-9 at the Double Tree Hotel in Annapolis, Md. All Adventist social workers in the Maryland, D.C. and Virginia areas are encouraged to attend.

The initial meeting of the new forum will offer the opportunity for Adventist social workers to get acquainted with each other and to make plans for future activities, including a list serve, document library, a discussion board, and planning for presentations at future NACSW conventions.

The convention will also feature a presentation by John Gavin, MSW, Professor of Social Work at Washington Adventist University. The workshop, “Faith Perspectives on Building Strong Volunteer Programs,” will be held on Friday, November 7, 10:15-11:15 a.m. in the hotel’s Stateroom. The workshop will focus on research about Adventists and Public Policy by Gavin; William Ellis, Ph.D., who teaches history and political studies at WAU; and Curtis VanderWaal, Ph.D., who is chair of the Social Work Department at Andrews University.  Gavin’s presentation will explore the connection between religious practices and levels of volunteerism.

For more information about the NACSW Convention or the forum for Adventist social workers, please contact John Gavin at wausocialwork@gmail.com .

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Washington Adventist University is Montgomery County's only four-year private college. Part of the Seventh-day Adventist system of higher education, Washington Adventist University has been educating college students since 1904 on a 19-acre campus in suburban Takoma Park, close to the nation’s capital. A total of 1,185 students of all faiths participate in the university’s eight graduate and 32 undergraduate programs. The 2014 edition of U.S. News & World Report ranked Washington Adventist University among the best regional colleges in the north.

Media Contacts:
Angie Crews, 301-891-4134, acrews@wau.edu
Donna Bigler, 240-286-1169, dbigler@wau.edu

Washington Adventist University Boosts Its Five-Year Graduation Rate by 67 Percent

Feat matched by fewer than a dozen other schools in the nation

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Takoma Park, Md. (October 13, 2014) Washington Adventist University (WAU) has improved its graduation rate over the past five years by 67 percent, a feat matched by fewer than a dozen other institutions of higher education in the nation that offer bachelor’s and master’s degree programs.

“We are pleased to see such a significant improvement in our graduation rate, as it reflects the work we are doing to track, guide and support student success,” said WAU President Weymouth Spence, Ed.D., R.T.  “Based on our data and assessments conducted through graduate surveys, employee satisfaction surveys, and learning outcomes, we are addressing identified issues to ensure that our students thrive and graduate.”

Contributing to the rate increase are a variety of support programs for students, faculty and staff, along with the university’s “Vision 2020 – Growing with Excellence plan,” which is building a culture of excellence based on the Baldrige program. A new “8th Semester Free” program that began this fall for incoming freshmen is expected to further boost graduation rates, as it motivates students to complete their undergraduate degrees on time with an offer of free tuition in their last semester.

The university’s Betty Howard Center for Student Success offers academic support, career services and cooperative education, disability services, faculty development, a first generation ambassadors program, the First-Year Experience program, an active Honors Program, and the One Step Away program that helps returning students reach their degree goals.  In addition, access to counseling services, financial assistance, mentors, tutoring and testing services, a writing center, math and computer labs and college study skills classes also help students graduate.  

For more information about Washington Adventist University, go to http://www.wau.edu .

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Washington Adventist University is Montgomery County's only four-year private college. Part of the Seventh-day Adventist system of higher education, Washington Adventist University has been educating college students since 1904 on a 19-acre campus in suburban Takoma Park, close to the nation’s capital. A total of 1,185 students of all faiths participate in the university’s eight graduate and 32 undergraduate programs. The 2014 edition of U.S. News & World Report ranked Washington Adventist University among the best regional colleges in the north.

Media Contacts:
Angie Crews, 301-891-4134, acrews@wau.edu
Donna Bigler, 240-286-1169, dbigler@wau.edu

Valencia College President Sandford C. Shugart to be Keynote Speaker for WAU Faculty Symposium Oct. 20

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Takoma Park, Md. (October 15, 2014) The Washington Adventist University (WAU) 2nd Annual Great Teacher’s Symposium on October 20, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, will feature Valencia College President Sandford C. Shugart, Ph.D. as the keynote speaker. His presentation will focus on student success, progression and retention strategies.

 In addition to being president of the highly successful college in Orlando, Fl., Shugart is author of Leadership in the Crucible of Work: Discovering the Interior Life of an Authentic Leader. He is also an accomplished poet and singer/songwriter, and his presentations are an engaging mix of heartfelt and inspirational stories, songs and poems.

“As our university continues on its journey to achieving educational excellence through the Baldrige Program, we look forward to gaining insight and wisdom from individuals like Sandy Shugart, who understand the importance of educational best practices, and who have seen first-hand the resulting successes,” said WAU Provost Cheryl Kisunzu, Ph.D.

Shugart has been president of Valencia College for 14 years. He is the fourth president of the college, which is one of the most celebrated community colleges in the nation. It serves approximately 70,000 students a year, and is the winner of the first Aspen Prize for Excellence. Valencia College demonstrates best practices in education and has achieved such notable results as high graduation rates and job placement.

Prior to Valencia, Shugart served as president of North Harris College (currently Lone Star College – North Harris), located in Harris County, Tx., adjacent to the city of Houston. He was also Vice President and Chief Academic Officer of the North Carolina Community College System. Shugart earned his Ph.D. in teaching and learning from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

The WAU faculty symposium will be held on campus in the Student Activity Center (Bldg. 5, adjacent to the gymnasium). The campus is located at 7600 Flower Ave., Takoma Park, Md. 20912.

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Washington Adventist University is Montgomery County's only four-year private college. Part of the Seventh-day Adventist system of higher education, Washington Adventist University has been educating college students since 1904 on a 19-acre campus in suburban Takoma Park, close to the nation’s capital. A total of 1,185 students of all faiths participate in the university’s eight graduate and 32 undergraduate programs. The 2014 edition of U.S. News & World Report ranked Washington Adventist University among the best regional colleges in the north.

Media Contacts:
Angie Crews, 301-891-4134, acrews@wau.edu
Donna Bigler, 240-286-1169, dbigler@wau.edu

Lectures by Duke University Professor David Morgan Part of 170th Anniversary Event Regarding the “Great Disappointment”

October 22 Keough Lectureship and Exhibit Free and Open to the Public

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Takoma Park, Md. (October 10, 2014) The Honors Program at Washington Adventist University (WAU) is celebrating its 10th Anniversary this year by presenting a wide range of anniversary-themed programs that are free and open to the public. On Wednesday, October 22, the Honors Program is partnering with the WAU Religion Department to present the 35th Keough Lectureship featuring David Morgan, Ph.D., chair of the Duke University Department of Religious Studies.

In his two Keough lectures, Morgan will address the relationship between visual culture and spirituality.  The lectures will coincide with an exhibition of original Millerite materials in the WAU library to mark the 170th Anniversary of the “Great Disappointment,” a significant historical event that sparked the beginnings of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. 

The lectureship will begin at 11:15 a.m. in the sanctuary of Sligo Seventh-day Adventist Church, where Morgan will speak about “The Likeness of Jesus.” He will survey the traditions of portraying Jesus, how his likeness has been conceived and why it has taken the appearance that it has. The church is located at 7700 Carroll Ave., Takoma Park, Md. 20912.

The second part of the lectureship will be at 7 p.m. in the chapel at Richards Hall on the WAU campus. Morgan will address “The Look of Things to Come,” examining the role of images in the history of Adventism, and exploring how visual imagery has participated in theological reflection, prophetic practice and evangelism. Richards Hall is located at 7600 Flower Ave, Takoma Park, MD 20912.

Those attending the lectures on October 22 will have access to the exhibition “1844: Millerism and the Legacy of the Great Disappointment,” organized by the Honors Program and Weis Library.   The exhibition will be on display in the Weis Library Reading Room from October 15 through March 15, 2015.

For more information about the 35th Keough Lectureship, the exhibition and other anniversary-themed events sponsored by the Honors Program this year, please visit www.wauhonorsprogram.org , or e-mail wauhonors@gmail.com .

The university campus is located adjacent to Sligo Seventh-Day Adventist Church in suburban Takoma Park, Md. near the intersection of Carroll Ave. and Flower Ave. There is convenient, free parking and easy access to bus stops and a Capital Bikeshare station on campus. The Takoma Metro station is 1.5 miles away

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About the speaker:  David Morgan is Professor of Religious Studies and chair of the department, with a secondary appointment in the Department of Art, Art History, and Visual Studies at Duke. Morgan received his Ph.D. at the University of Chicago in 1990. He has published several books and dozens of essays on the history of religious visual culture, on art history and critical theory, and on religion and media. His most recent book is The Embodied Eye: Religious Visual Culture and the Social Life of Feeling (California, 2012). Other books are: The Lure of Images: A History of Religion and Visual Media in America (Routledge, 2007) and two that he edited and contributed to: Religion and Material Culture: The Matter of Belief (Routledge, 2010) and Key Words in Religion, Media, and Culture (Routledge, 2008). Earlier works include: Visual Piety (University of California Press, 1998), Protestants and Pictures (Oxford, 1999), and The Sacred Gaze (California, 2005). Morgan is co-founder and co-editor of the international scholarly journal, Material Religion, and co-editor of a book series at Routledge entitled “Religion, Media, and Culture.”

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Washington Adventist University is Montgomery County's only four-year private college. Part of the Seventh-day Adventist system of higher education, Washington Adventist University has been educating college students since 1904 on a 19-acre campus in suburban Takoma Park, close to the nation’s capital. A total of 1,185 students of all faiths participate in the university’s eight graduate and 32 undergraduate programs. The 2014 edition of U.S. News & World Report ranked Washington Adventist University among the best regional colleges in the north.

Media Contacts:
Angie Crews, 301-891-4134, acrews@wau.edu
Donna Bigler, 240-286-1169, dbigler@wau.edu