September 21 Visionaries Gala to Honor Five for Their Leadership and Service to Others

TAKOMA PARK, MD (July 25, 2014)   The second annual Washington Adventist University (WAU) Visionaries Gala will be held on September 21 at Congressional Country Club, 8500 River Rd. in Bethesda. The reception starts at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m.  The emcee for the event will be award-winning journalist Suzanne Malveaux, CNN’s national correspondent and former anchor of the network’s international news program, Around the World.

In keeping with WAU’s commitment to excellence and moral leadership, the gala includes a recognition of five individuals who have provided exemplary leadership to the university, the community, the country and the world. 

This year’s Gateway award for “Excellence in Humanitarian Service” will be presented to Peggielene Bartels (King Peggy) for her global contributions as king of a fishing village in Ghana. Bartels is a Ghanaian-born American citizen who works at the Embassy of Ghana in Washington, D.C.  Six years ago, when she was chosen to succeed her uncle as king of Otuam, Bartels began to live an unusual dual life. From two continents, King Peggy is now leading 7,000 villagers to a more prosperous future.

As someone who has made considerable contributions to the world of healthcare, Bruce Boyer is being honored with the “Excellence in Health and Human Services” award this year.  He is president and chairman of Sloan Management, Inc. and Premier HealthCare, Inc. and is also a member of the Washington Adventist University Board of Trustees. In his more than 40-year career, Boyer has developed nursing and assisted living facilities across the mid-Atlantic region, and is founder of American Heritage Communities for active senior adults.

Dr. Gladstone Gurubatham is being honored this year with the “Excellence in Teaching Psychology and Social Sciences, and Excellence in Educational Leadership” award.  He is the longest-serving faculty member at Washington Adventist University, with a 50-year tenure.  As the founder and architect of the university’s School of Graduate and Professional Studies, Dr. Gurubatham has succeeded in creating a convenient and accessible adult evening program that provides educational opportunities for those seeking to better their lives and those of others.

Washington Adventist University alumni, Dr. Milton Morris and his wife, Merrillie, are being honored with the “Excellence in Entrepreneurial Leadership” award for building their Standard Office Supply Company on a foundation of service excellence and integrity.  Standard Office Supply is now one of the largest independent, full-service office products dealerships in the greater Washington-Baltimore region. 

The annual Gala serves as a fundraiser for the university’s Vision 2020 – Growing with Excellence plan, which is guiding the school’s metamorphosis into one of the premier small universities in the mid-Atlantic region.  The plan aims to enhance all facets of WAU operations, which includes exceeding accreditation standards; developing a strong curriculum in science, technology, engineering and mathematics; expanding service learning; conducting ongoing program review; making strategic reinvestments in the quality of programs; and promoting and strengthening support services that reflect 21st century best practices.

At the centerpiece of the Vision 2020 plan is a new Health Professions and Wellness Center, which will enable collaboration and provide vibrant opportunity for holistic development through education, health and wellness for the WAU community and beyond.  Also part of the plan is phase two of the Leroy & Lois Peters Music Center, which will help integrate performance and curriculum by adding a performance hall to facilitate practice, teaching and study of performing arts.

For more information about the Gala and to purchase tickets, go to https://www.wau.edu/gala.

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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 Holds Evening Graduate Nursing Programs Open House on August 11

TAKOMA PARK, MD (July 24, 2014) Washington Adventist University (WAU) is hosting an open house on August 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. for nurses interested in earning a graduate degree.  The university offers a Master of Science degree in nursing education, and also in nursing and business leadership.  Information about WAU’s Master of Arts degree in healthcare administration will also be provided.

The open house will feature an overview of the graduate nursing and healthcare programs, along with presentations on the WAU admissions process, financial aid, and two breakout sessions -- one on grant applications for prospective master’s program students, and the other on the various careers that are associated with a graduate degree in healthcare administration.

Information tables will offer details about the graduate nursing and healthcare programs, and there will be opportunities throughout the evening for individuals to speak with various faculty members and staff about the educational opportunities offered at WAU.

Washington Adventist University is located at 7600 Flower Ave., in Takoma Park, Md. 20912. The open house will be held in the Student Activity Center (Bldg. 5, next to the gymnasium). For more information about the open house, or to RSVP for the event, please go to http://www.wau.edu/graduate-nursing-programs.

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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

Winning Coach Patrick Crarey Offers Basketball Skills Clinic for Ages 6-16, June 23-27

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TAKOMA PARK, MD (JUNE 12, 2014)   A basketball skills clinic for children and teens is scheduled for June 23-27 on the campus of Washington Adventist University (WAU), located at 7600 Flower Avenue in suburban Takoma Park. The skills clinic is open to boys and girls, ages 6-16, and it will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.

Leading the skills clinic will be WAU Head Coach Patrick E. Crarey II, who coached the Washington Adventist Shock basketball team to victory in the 2014 United States Collegiate Athletic Association National Championship (NCAA Division II) tournament.  The clinic will include ball handling, dribbling and shooting, along with good sportsmanship, teamwork and the value of fair play. Each participant will receive individual interest and attention, regardless of their ability on the court. To date, more than 100 young people have benefited from Coach Crarey’s skills clinics in the past three years

The cost to participate is $200, and it includes a clinic t-shirt and a certificate. All campers must register and submit payment by Monday, June 23.

To register online, go to http://www.wauathletics.com/article/508.php and follow the link to the registration page. Coach Crarey can also be reached by phone at 301-512-7591or by email at pcrarey@wau.edu for additional information.

A video of the skills clinic can be viewed at  http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=W4J2VTMNWpk.

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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 2013 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, 240-286-116

Youth Concert Scheduled for June 22 at 6 p.m. - Featuring Summer Music Camp Participants

TAKOMA PARK, MD (June 22, 2014) The public is invited to attend the Summer Lunch & Learn Music Camp Youth Concert on Tuesday, July 22 at 6 p.m. in the Student Activities Center at Washington Adventist University. The concert will feature performances by middle-school participants of the Summer Lunch & Learn Music Camp.

The summer camp program is operated on the campus of Washington Adventist University for children and teens, ages 7 to 16.  The camp is a collaborative effort with the City of Takoma Park, Montgomery County government, Montgomery County Public Schools, and Educare – a research-based program that prepares at-risk children for school.  

The program provides a much-needed resource for low-income families who struggle to find affordable activities for their children in the summer. It offers participants an opportunity to rediscover their creativity; improve their social skills in an environment of cooperation and respect; explore new interests; and enhance their quality of life.  Exposure to the WAU campus, professors and students also serves to inspire participants to seek higher education.

The concert will be held in Building 5, which also houses the university’s gymnasium.  Free parking is available. Washington Adventist University is located at 7600 Flower Ave., in 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

Washington Adventist University Offers New 8th Semester Free Program for Incoming Freshmen Provides Motivation to Earn Degree in Four Years

TAKOMA PARK, MD (JUNE 12, 2014)   A new 8th Semester Free Program is being offered this fall at Washington Adventist University (WAU) to incoming full-time freshmen.  Students who stay on track to earn their degree within four years will be provided with free tuition in their last semester.

“We take very seriously our responsibility to help make sure our students reach their goals,” said Provost Dr. Cheryl Harris Kisunzu. “This program will go a long way toward motivating them to stay focused on earning their degree in a more efficient and timely way, and it will enable them to save costs so that they are better prepared for their future.”
 
“A student who participates in this new program and graduates within four years will not only benefit from a free semester of tuition, they will also pay considerably less for their education than the student who takes six years to earn an undergraduate degree,” said WAU Executive Vice President of Finance Patrick Farley. “The unfortunate reality is that the student who lives on campus and attends full-time undergraduate classes for two additional years will pay as much as $60,000 more to earn the same degree.”
 
In order to participate in the new 8th Semester Free Program this fall, students must be first-time, full-time, degree-seeking freshmen at Washington Adventist University. They must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), sign a promissory note and, before their eighth semester, apply and be approved for graduation.

Participating students who are approved to graduate within four years will not have to pay tuition for their last semester. They will, however, still be responsible for paying for student fees, room/board, dining, books, graduation costs and other education-related expenses. Participants who fail to meet the requirements of the program will not receive the free semester of tuition, and the cost will be added to their balance due.

As an educational institution that is committed to student success, Washington Adventist University also offers a variety of additional support services through its Betty Howard Center for Student Success. Those services include tutoring; counseling; assistance for students with disabilities; a writing center, math lab and computer lab; and college study skills classes.

For more information about the 8th Semester Free Program, call 301-891-4000 and ask for the Director of Admissions or VP for Enrollment, or email ddixon@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 2013 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