Enactus Team at Washington Adventist University Receives Coca Cola Grant for the Uncap Opportunities for Women Project

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University group addresses community needs through business concepts

Takoma Park, Md. (October 30, 2014) The Washington Adventist University (WAU) Enactus team has been awarded a $1,500 grant to support its Uncap Opportunities for Women project. The funding will support the team’s efforts in helping women-owned businesses in the Long Branch area of Takoma Park, assisting them with new marketing initiatives. The team will be partnering with the Long Branch Business League to help local businesses in the area succeed.
 
“Last year, the Enactus team started working with El Golfo Restaurant,” said Kim Pichot, chair of the WAU Business Administration Department. “This grant support from Coca-Cola will enable our students to continue helping the restaurant market its events this year.  It’s a great opportunity for our students to gain valuable experience in entrepreneurship, marketing and management, while helping our local businesses boost their sales.”

The university’s Enactus team is part of Enactus Worldwide, an international non-profit organization that brings together student, academic and business leaders for the purpose of empowering communities and transforming lives -- resolving problems through the use of effective business concepts.
Nationwide, there are 518 Enactus teams with more than 17,000 students, working on more than 2,000 community team projects. Student volunteer hours working on Enactus projects last year numbered 541,344.
For more information about the WAU Enactus team, contact Professor Kimberly Pichot at kspichot@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 1,080 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

WAU Enrolls Record Number of Graduate Students This Fall

Five Year Increase Exceeds 67 Percent

Takoma Park, Md. (October 28, 2014) The number of graduate students enrolled at Washington Adventist University (WAU) this fall is a record number for the School of Graduate and Professional Studies, which offers convenient evening classes to accommodate the needs of working adults.  The 181 graduate students who registered for the fall semester reflect more than a 67 percent increase over five years ago, when graduate students numbered only 108.

“We are pleased that more adults in the Washington metropolitan area are discovering the convenience and accessibility of the classes offered at Washington Adventist University,” said Nicole Currier, dean of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies. “This university takes a holistic approach to education that nurtures mind, body and soul, which is something that busy adults value, particularly those who are earning degrees while holding full-time jobs and raising families.”

The School of Graduate and Professional Studies (SGPS) offers eight accelerated graduate degree programs – business administration, counseling psychology, healthcare administration, nursing education, nursing and business leadership, public administration, psychology, and religion. Both the business administration and public administration degree programs are also offered fully online.

As one of the first adult evening programs in the nation, the School of Graduate and Professional Studies is celebrating its 30th year. What began initially as an adult evening program offering two undergraduate degrees has expanded to the current offerings of 11 accelerated undergraduate degree programs, along with the eight graduate programs.

For more information about the programs offered by the School of Graduate and Professional Studies, call 301-891-4092. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday-Thursday; and 8:30 a.m. to noon on Friday. Anyone interested in applying online should go to http://www.wau.edu/graduate-studies .  Registration starts November 10 for the spring 2015 semester.

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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

Enactus Team at Washington Adventist University Receives Sam’s Club Grant for Flower Facelift Project

University group addresses community needs through business concepts

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Takoma Park, Md. (October 28, 2014) Sam’s Club recently awarded a $1,500 grant to the Washington Adventist University (WAU) Enactus team. Part of the “Sam’s Club Step Up for Small Business” project, the grant will support the team’s Flower Facelift effort to help struggling businesses along Flower Ave. in Takoma Park, Md. become more successful. This ongoing Enactus team project has already turned around Rainbow Coin Laundry, from the brink of bankruptcy to business success. 

“This grant from Sam’s Club will truly make a difference in this community, and we are grateful for the support,” said Kim Pichot, chair of the WAU Business Department. “Our Enactus team has already had some successes in helping small businesses overcome issues that are limiting their progress. With this funding, our students can do even more to help neighboring businesses achieve stability and growth.  This year we are already engaged with five local small businesses.”

The university’s Enactus team is part of Enactus Worldwide, an international non-profit organization that brings together student, academic and business leaders for the purpose of empowering communities and transforming lives -- resolving problems through the use of effective business concepts.

Nationwide, there are 518 Enactus teams with more than 17,000 students, working on more than 2,000 community team projects.  Student volunteer hours working on Enactus projects last year numbered 541,344.

For more information about the WAU Enactus team, contact Professor Kimberly Pichot at kspichot@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 1,080 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

Washington Adventist University Enactus Team Receives Walmart Grant for JobQuest Project

University group addresses community needs through business applications

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Takoma Park, Md. (October 28, 2014) The Washington Adventist University (WAU) Enactus team was recently awarded a $1,500 grant from Walmart, as part of the company’s “Walmart Women’s Economic Empowerment” project. The funds will support the WAU Enactus team’s collaborative work with Adventist Community Services of Greater Washington in the JobQuest effort, which serves to help unemployed and underemployed individuals find and land jobs.

“This grant from Walmart is much appreciated, and will go a long way toward helping our students provide encouragement and support to individuals who are struggling to find jobs,” said Kim Pichot, chair of the WAU Business Department.  “With this funding, the team will be able to transform lives as they prepare individuals for successful job searches and interviews, and help them resolve issues that can be roadblocks to success.”

The university’s Enactus team is part of Enactus Worldwide, an international non-profit organization that brings together student, academic and business leaders for the purpose of empowering communities and resolving problems through the use of effective business concepts.

Nationwide, there are 518 Enactus teams with more than 17,000 students, working on more than 2,000 community team projects.  Student volunteer hours working on Enactus projects numbered 541,344 last year.

For more information about the WAU Enactus team, contact Professor Kimberly Pichot at kspichot@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 1,080 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

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