WAU Students to Participate in Annapolis Celebrations
Governor Martin O’Malley (pictured) has declared Feb. 9 “Maryland Independent Higher Education Day” in recognition of the vital role Maryland’s independent colleges and universities serve in the State, which boasts one of the best educated workforces in the nation.
The Maryland Independent College and University Association (MICUA) will bring 200 college students and administrators from across the State to Annapolis on Feb. 9 for a day of special activities, including the MICUA Presidents’ Award ceremony. The Honorable Nancy Kopp, Maryland State Treasurer, will receive the 2012 MICUA Presidents’ Award for “outstanding leadership on behalf of higher education in Maryland.”
Washington Adventist University will receive a team of peer evaluators from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, March 25-28, as part of a reaccreditation process carried out every 10 years.
Washington Adventist University has been awarded a Martin Luther King, Jr. Collegiate Challenge Mini Grant for the maximum amount of $1,000 by the Michigan Campus Compact in partnership with Wisconsin Campus Compact and the Corporation for National and Community Service.
Sophia Ward, Ph.D., Student Success and Engagement Specialist,
partnered with Dean Nemeka Mason, First Year Residence Life Coordinator, to apply for the grant in support of WAU’s efforts to engage students in service to honor King.
The first new building in 40 years at Washington Adventist University is now completed. The building—the Leroy and Lois Peters Music Center—was declared finished on December 5 by Larry E. Walker, principal for the construction company, the Walker Group. Complete handover is scheduled for Dec. 16.
“It is with great pleasure that I confirm the completion of the music building. We sincerely hope that your administration, the Board of Trustees, alumni, students and the entire Washington Adventist University family are proud of the project,” Walker said in a letter to President Weymouth Spence, Ed.D. “We are certainly proud of being a part of your team and providing you with this state of the art, sustainable project.”
Karen Benn Marshall Ph.D., has been appointed dean of the School of Health Professions, Science and Wellness at Washington Adventist University (WAU).
“It is a privilege to be given the opportunity to work at a Seventh-day Adventist institution where I can openly share my faith,” said Marshall. “I look forward to working in an environment where students are prepared for wider and more meaningful service.”
President Weymouth Spence and Mrs. Rebecca Spence opened the doors of The Votaw House, December 2, for their annual Christmas reception for faculty, staff, their families and other invited guests.
In this photo are (l-r), Lois Peters, Rebecca Spence, President Weymouth Spence and Leroy Peters.
The Votaw House is the official home of the President of Washington University. It was once owned by Carolyn Harding Votaw, youngest sister of President Warren Harding, and her husband Herbert H. Votaw. The Votaws were Seventh-day Adventists missionaries.
The reception was attended by much of the University family. Executive Chef R. Carlos Purdie, served up numerous delicacies for an appreciative crowd. .
Among the guests were Leroy and Lois Peters, the Maryland couple who donated $1 million to the University toward the construction of the new music center, scheduled to open in the spring.
With a mission to provide training opportunities for students to become moral leaders in communities throughout the world, Washington Adventist University enrols a highly diverse student body. Almost 40 percent of its student body, for example, are first-generation college students.
This means that neither of their parents completed an undergraduate degree. Research suggests that these students face higher risk of dropping out compared to their counterparts whose parents are college graduates.
The Department of Music will present its annual Christmas Concert, Friday, December 2 at 7:30 p.m. in Sligo Church. Presentations will include the premier of Procession and Carols for harp and mixed choir by Dr. James Bingham with harpist Elizabeth Blakeslee from the National Symphony Orchestra.
The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) has granted reaccreditation of the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program at Washington Adventist University through June of 2019. The program, which is an off-campus program of Andrews University’s Social Work Program, began in 2003 with five students currently has thirty. Its recent reaccreditation followed more than a year of preparation and included a site visit by CSWE in February.
“Social work education is based on 12 core competencies and more than 70 individual practice behaviors that are infused into our learning activities and field education,” said department chair, John Gavin. “Our partnership with Andrews University to offer an accredited social work program ensures that we are meeting the highest standards in social work education and that students can get licensed and attend graduate school.”