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

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

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

WAU Mission Trip to the Philippines Results in 141 Baptisms

TAKOMA PARK, MD (June 3, 2014) -- A team of seven Washington Adventist University (WAU) missionaries, led by Vice President for Ministry Dr. Baraka G. Muganda, participated in a two-week mission trip to the city of Davao, Philippines that resulted in the baptism of 141 individuals. The trip took place from May 6 – 23.

“Students love to reach out and touch others with the love of God -- most just do not know it yet,” said Dr. Muganda.  “When you give them the right opportunity and preparation, they will discover the joy of serving God while serving others, and their lives will be changed.”

Seven evangelistic satellites were set up in the city of Davao, and at the end of the evening meetings, individuals who wanted to be baptized into the church were invited to do so. Dr. Joan Francis, chair of the History Department, participated in the trip and was assigned to preach in one of the largest churches in Davao. She noted that she felt even more blessed from the experience than the Filipinos whose lives she had touched.

During the trip, the missionaries took one day to visit Mountain View College, one of the major and oldest Seventh-day Adventist institutions of higher learning in the Philippines. The purpose for the visit was to see the campus and to attend the South Asia Pacific Division Sabbath School Congress, which included 10,000 delegates from more than 14 countries.

While on campus at Mountain View College, the WAU missionaries were invited to greet the Youth Ministry workshop, which included several hundred youth leaders from all over the division. They were also interviewed by the division’s communication department about Washington Adventist University’s core value of being a “Gateway to Service” that motivates students to serve locally and globally, and to transform lives. An article about the WAU mission trip was published in the daily newsletter that was distributed to the 10,000 delegates who attended the Congress.

The Davao, Philippines Mission Trip is just one of the missions that Washington Adventist University will be participating in to prepare students to serve beyond classroom boundaries. An additional overseas mission this summer will be to Brazil in July. Mission trips in 2015 include Jamaica in March, St. Kitts in May and Kenya in June. Individuals interested in participating should email missions@wau.edu

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 1,050 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

Grant to WAU Will Support Lunch and Learn Summer Youth Activities

TAKOMA PARK, MD (May 28, 2014) --The City of Takoma Park has approved a $6,000 grant to Washington Adventist University (WAU) to support a summer day camp program for up to 100 children and teens, ages 7 to 16. The program will provide a much-needed resource for low-income families, who struggle to find affordable activities for their children in the summer. The summer day camp will operate from June 16 through August 10 on the WAU campus at 7600 Flower Avenue in Takoma Park.

"I am thrilled that this summer's camp has garnered so much support from the county, the city, our community, Washington Adventist Hospital, and WAU.  Our investment in our city's youth is an investment in our community,” said Takoma Park Councilmember Jarrett Smith.  “I am anxious to kick off this year's Lunch & Learn Summer Camp and meet the parents of the youth who will walk away from this program ready to learn even more about what higher achievement really means."

“It’s not enough to tell our youth what to do, we must show them a better way,” said summer camp coordinator Curtis Watkins.  “The summer camp is an excellent example of how combining resources and human capital will create better short- and long-term outcomes for today’s youth.”

The summer program will give 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 will also serve to inspire participants to seek higher education.

In addition to support from the City of Takoma Park, the summer program will be offered in collaboration with Montgomery County government, which is providing a $45,000 County Executive Community Grant to support performing arts training and soccer camp activities; grant; Montgomery County Public Schools, which will provide free lunches each day for all enrolled participants; and Educare – a research-based program that prepares at-risk children for school – which will provide management support for daily operations.

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 1,050 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

Washington Adventist University Hosts Adjunct Faculty Career Fair on June 4


 

TAKOMA PARK, MD (May 23, 2014) - Washington Adventist University (WAU) is hosting an Adjunct Professor Career Fair on Wednesday, June 4, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.  The event will be held on campus in the lobby of Wilkinson Hall, located at 7600 Flower Avenue in Takoma Park, just west of the intersection of Flower and Carroll Avenues. Free parking is available directly behind the building and across the street.

The university is seeking to expand its pool of qualified adjunct faculty to fill several key openings in such disciplines as English, math, computer studies, nursing, biology and chemistry.  Individuals interested in teaching at the university are encouraged to attend the fair and bring their resume and an unofficial transcript. A master’s degree and at least 18 graduate credit hours in the discipline they’d like to teach are required, and teaching experience at the post-secondary level is preferred.

Washington Adventist University representatives will be on hand to talk about what it’s like to teach at the school, and to review credentials and conduct interviews with well-qualified candidates. 

The institution has been educating students in small classes on its 19-acre campus in suburban Takoma Park, Md. for the past 110 years. The vision for the school is to produce graduates who bring moral leadership and competence to their communities. 

Information about WAU employment opportunities can be found at http://www.wau.edu/work-at-wau .

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 1,050 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

 

New Respiratory Care Therapists Pinned During Dedication Ceremony on Commencement Weekend


Takoma Park, MD (May 5, 2014) - Washington Adventist University (WAU) pinned nine new graduates of its respiratory care program over the weekend, in one of many commencement weekend events. The traditional pinning and dedication ceremony, held on May 3, recognizes that the students are prepared to embark on their professional careers.

Each graduate was presented with a customized lapel pin that signifies that the wearer is educated, trained and experienced in the field of respiratory care therapy. The circular gold pins have Washington Adventist University Respiratory Care printed on the front, and the graduation date engraved on the back.  The students were also inducted into the Lambda Beta Society, the national honor society for respiratory care, and presented with framed certificates.

Graduates of the two-year program gained their clinical experience at several area hospitals, including Children’s National Medical Center, Washington Hospital Center and Anne Arundel Medical Center.

As a profession, respiratory care offers good job stability and opportunities for advancement. Candidates who excel in the field are those who enjoy helping others; like working with technology, math and science; and are seeking a profession that offers a variety of work environments and patients.

The WAU program recently celebrated its 40th Anniversary. Starting in the fall, the current program will begin to transition to an online format. Interested individuals are encouraged to continue to visit the WAU home page at http://www.wau.edu for updates. 

Press Release - New Respiratory Care Therapists Pinned

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Angie Crews, 301-891-4134, acrews@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 1,050 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.

 

WAU Professor Presents at International Disaster Management Conference


 

TAKOMA PARK, MD (May 13)—Washington Adventist University associate professor and director of its Homeland Security program, presented at the international conference on "Disaster Mitigation, Preparedness, Response and Sustainable Reconstruction" on May 8-9, 2014, hosted by the Center for Rebuilding Sustainable Communities after Disasters at University of Massachusetts Boston. Her presentation entitled, "Developing Faith-Based Partnerships: A Model for Building Disaster-Resilient Communities," was attended by more than 200 conference participants from five continents including academics, FEMA, American Red Cross, architects, planners, engineers, and policymakers.


"The horrific Boston marathon bombing and the resulting manhunt that shut down the cities of Boston and Watertown demonstrate that building disaster resilient communities is an integral part of emergency management," said Dr. Herma Percy. "Yet public and private emergency management partnerships designed to help communities rebound after attacks and disasters often are missing essential components to make efforts more effective. A key to efficiently assist communities in disaster recovery is to build a more effective partnership with the local faith community," said Percy.


The two day conference brought together some of the world's top experts in disaster planning and response to examine best practices and share lessons learned to reduce the socio-economic impact of various forms of disasters on communities.


"Unfortunately, natural disasters will be more frequent with climate change and increasing urbanization. We need to consider the solutions necessary to avoid, mitigate, and recover from these disasters that disproportionally affect vulnerable populations," said Dr. Herma Percy in her challenge to practitioners. "All of this speaks to our core mission and academic program at WAU and the leadership role we play in faith-based partnerships to address the most daunting challenges of our times."


Percy represented Washington Adventist University amongst scholars from Harvard University, Northeastern University, Roger Williams University, University of Maryland University College, University of Illinois at Chicago, Columbia Southern University, Auburn University, Arizona State University, California Polytechnic State University, Drury University, Howard University and other universities in the United States. International panelists from around the world, including China, Haiti, Iraq, India, Indonesia, Japan, Nigeria, Pakistan, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, Taiwan, Canada, Chile, England, and Thailand, discussed risk reduction and response to natural disasters from floods to earthquakes and health-related disasters like malaria outbreaks.
The conference included 11 sessions with more than 90 panelists. Keynote speakers included leaders from the United Nations Office of Disaster Risk Reduction, and the British Consulate in New England and American Institute of Architects who spoke on "Disaster Risk Reduction."


Dr. Percy has been invited to speak at the FEMA Emergency Management Institute in June 2014.

 

Media Contacts:

Angie Crews, 301-891-4134, acrews@wau.edu

Donna Bigler, 240-286-1169, dbigler@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 1,050 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.

 

Washington Adventist University Kicks Off Local Graduation Season with May 4 Commencement


Takoma Park, MD (April 30) - 

Washington Adventist University (WAU) kicks off the local graduation season on May 4, with a commencement ceremony from 10 a.m. to noon at The Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro.  A total of 359 students will be receiving their diplomas at commencement. The degrees that will be awarded include 106 master’s degrees, 244 bachelor’s degrees, and 11 associate’s degrees.  Two students will receive dual degrees.

The graduation procession will include students from 35 different nations, carrying the flags of their countries. They include Barbados, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Canada, Columbia, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Fiji, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Jamaica, Kenya, Lebanon, Liberia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Peru, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Swaziland, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, the United States, U.S. Virgin Islands, Vietnam, and Zambia.

The commencement speaker will be His Excellency the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Linton Allen, ON, GCMG, CD, Governor-General of Jamaica, who will be presented with the university’s prestigious Adrian T. Westney Award for Excellence in Community Service. The award is named for former pastor, educator, and 1962 WAU graduate Adrian T. Westney (1927-2009), who demonstrated “unparalleled dedication, unmatched performance, and inspirational service.”

Senior Class President Kaiya Kretschmar, who is scheduled to provide words of encouragement to her fellow graduates, is a nursing program student who was recently “pinned” at the university’s traditional “pinning” ceremony for the 53 students who are about to embark on professional nursing careers.

The diverse graduating class includes Shawn Fordham, a federal worker who will be receiving his master’s degree in public administration. He has been an assistant district manager for the Social Security Administration in the Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia, Pa. area for the past seven years; but previously worked for Philadelphia Mayor John F. Street, serving as his campaign manager and senior advisor. Fordham also served on the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority. 

Samr Binsaif will be awarded her master’s degree in psychology counseling, which she plans to use as a counselor for women when she returns to her native Saudi Arabia this summer. Binsaif traveled to the U.S. with her husband and children in 2005, learned English as a second language at Columbia University in New York City, and earned her bachelor’s degree at Columbia College in Columbia, Mo. Upon graduation, she was attracted to the Washington Adventist University master’s program in psychology counseling because the one-year program and one-year practical enabled her to complete her degree in a shorter time frame. 

Also included in the graduating class is Timothy Hatfield, a lieutenant with the Prince George’s County Police Department who will receive his bachelor’s degree in organizational management. He plans to remain in public service, with a goal of possibly becoming a federal prosecutor, and has already been accepted to the George Washington University Law School fall class.

The breakdown of the 106 master’s degrees awarded at this commencement is: 23 in counseling psychology; 20 in health care administration; 17 in nursing education; 15 in business administration; 12 in professional counseling psychology; nine in nursing and business leadership; eight in public administration; and two in religion.

The 244 baccalaureate degrees that will be awarded include: 207 Bachelor of Science degrees; 36 Bachelor of Arts degrees and 1 Bachelor of Music degree.  In addition, nine Associate of Applied Science and two Associate of Science degrees will also be awarded.

Prior to the commencement ceremony, WAU will host two events at the Sligo Seventh-day Adventist Church, located at 7700 Carroll Ave., Takoma Park, adjacent to campus. A Consecration Service will be held on Friday, May 2 at 8 p.m.; and a Baccalaureate Service will be held on Saturday, May 3 at 11:15 a.m.

The commencement ceremony can be viewed via live streaming video at http://www.youtube.com/embed/h91OTsWIXig?rel=0. For more information about Washington Adventist University and its academic programs, 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 1,050 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.

Commencement 2014 - Press Release

 

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