WAU Mourns the Death of Dr. William A. Loveless, The University’s President from 1978-1990

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William A. Loveless, January 17, 1928 - September 15, 2014

LovelessTAKOMA PARK, MD (September 16, 2014) Washington Adventist University (WAU) today is mourning the death of Dr. William A. Loveless, who served as the university’s president from 1978-1990 when the institution was known as Columbia Union College.

"William Loveless was an extraordinary influence on this university,” said current WAU President Weymouth Spence, Ed.D., R.T.  “Under his leadership, this university was among the first in the nation to launch an evening program designed specifically to meet the needs of working adults.  That program today is known as our School of Graduate and Professional Studies.”

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“He was a genuine person. You never felt that he was putting on airs. When he spoke, it was with authenticity and he had an amazing sense of humor,” said WAU Director of Student Financial Services Sharon Conway, who knew him. “He loved a good clean joke. He was a visionary and very persistent.”


Loveless was also the first to suggest that a student missionary program be established at the university in 1959, when it was still known as Washington Missionary College, and Charles Hirsch was president. At that time, Loveless was senior pastor at Sligo Seventh-day Adventist Church in Takoma Park, Md. and his suggestion was considered by some to be a radical idea. It was eventually accepted, and Marlin Mathiesen was sent as the first student missionary to Mexico.  Since that time, programs at Adventist colleges and universities have sent thousands of student missionaries to countries around the world.

In addition to his years as president of the university and his time as pastor at Sligo Seventh-day Adventist Church, Loveless was also pastor of another of the largest congregations in the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America -- Loma Linda University Church in Loma Linda, Ca. from 1970 to 1976. As a pastor, he was a compelling preacher, and extraordinarily gifted at relating the Bible to contemporary life.  He also served as president of the Pennsylvania Conference. 

A memorial service will be held at the Loma Linda University Church on Sunday, September 28, at 2 pm.

The family has requested no flowers, please, but if anyone would like to make a contribution to honor William Loveless’ memory, please consider giving to the Loma Linda University School of Dentistry, Calexico Mission School, or Loma Linda Broadcasting Network.

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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

Annual WAU Attorney/Pre-Law Dinner Offers Networking Opportunities for Students

TAKOMA PARK, MD (September 15, 2014) The Sixth Annual Attorney/Pre-Law Dinner hosted by Washington Adventist University’s Center for Law and Public Policy will be held on Sunday, September 28 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Wilkinson Hall, 2nd floor Dining Hall, 7600 Flower Ave., Takoma Park, Md.

The annual event offers the university’s pre-law students the opportunity to meet practicing attorneys and members of the legal profession who can provide them with inspiration and guidance as they move forward into their careers. The event is also open to Adventist law students from other universities. This year’s theme is “Appeal,” and Attorney Todd R. McFarland will be the keynote speaker.
McFarland is an associate general counsel for The Office of General Counsel of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. His work focuses on church-state relations (first amendment) and religious discrimination (employment, zoning, land use and other religious rights issues), and his areas of expertise include religious liberty, parliamentary procedure and litigation.

Having received his B.A. (history) from Southern Adventist University in 1997 and his J.D. from the University of Illinois, College of Law in 2000, McFarland is a member of the Illinois, Missouri and Maryland bars, the American Bar Association, American Association for Justice (formerly ATLA), and National Employment Lawyers Association.  He was appointed to his current position as an associate general counsel in 2006.

Before joining the Office of General Counsel, McFarland practiced with a civil litigation firm in the St. Louis, Missouri area for more than five years.

Attendance at the Attorney/Pre-law Dinner usually numbers around 70, and both students and practicing Adventist attorneys who are interested in helping the next generation of lawyers are invited to attend. The dress is business attire, and an RSVP is requested by emailing prelaw@wau.edu or by calling 301-891-4572.

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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 Opens New $1.8 Million Ball Field

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TAKOMA PARK, MD (September 9, 2014) Washington Adventist University (WAU) officially opened its new $1.8 million artificial turf ball field this afternoon in suburban Takoma Park. The event was celebrated with the university's first men's soccer team home game of the season, and a dinner. The ball field includes new lights, a new score board, and new bleachers.

“The opening of this beautiful ball field marks another step forward in WAU’s transformation from being a good university to a great one,” said Washington Adventist University President Weymouth Spence, Ed.D, R.T. “The goal of our Vision 2020 Growing with Excellence Plan is to turn this institution into one of the premier small universities in the mid-Atlantic region, and improvements like this one to the physical campus are as important as building excellence in our educational programs.”  

The grand opening ceremony began with a welcome from WAU Athletic Director Patrick Crarey, and remarks by WAU President Weymouth Spence, Board of Trustees Member Lois Peters, Takoma Park City Mayor Bruce Williams, Takoma Park City Councilmember Jarrett Smith, and Student Association President Avery Huggins.

A prayer of dedication was given by Student Association Religious Vice President Carl Bienvenu.  A ribbon-cutting ceremony followed, along with an inaugural goal scored by President Spence; alumna Dannielle Panuccio (’13), women’s soccer all-time leading scorer; and alumnus Gary Saint-Fleur (’11), men’s soccer three-time MVP.

The field – which will accommodate soccer games, intramural sports, and a variety of community activities throughout the year -- is part of an ongoing effort by WAU to improve its physical campus. During the past five years, the university has made investments of more than $16 million, reaping visible and effective results. The list of completed projects includes a new $6.3 million music building; a $1.2 million dining hall renovation; a $1.1 million activity center; and a host of smaller renovation projects that include new paint, furniture and flooring in the dormitories, classrooms and library.

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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

New Capital Bikeshare Station Now Open On WAU’s Takoma Park Campus;

Increases transportation options for students, faculty, staff and community

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Takoma Park, MD (September 5, 2014). A new Capital Bikeshare station opened today on the Washington Adventist University campus in suburban Takoma Park. The new station is located across from Wilkinson Hall, next to Flower Avenue and close to a bus stop. Capital Bikeshare’s short-term bicycle rentals will provide convenient and inexpensive transportation options for students, faculty, staff and the nearby community. 

Capital Bikeshare bicycles are available at automated, self-service, solar-powered docking stations. They may be picked up at one location and dropped off at another, such as at the Bikeshare station near the Takoma Metro, which is conveniently located only 1.5 miles away. This allows for both one-way and round-trip rentals.

Membership options for Capital Bikeshare cost $75 a year, $25 a month, $15 for three days, or $7 for one day.  Yearly and monthly memberships can be purchased online or by phone, while the one- and three-day memberships can be purchased with a credit card at any Capital Bikeshare station. Trips under 30 minutes are included in the membership fee. Each additional 30-minutes of time in a trip incurs an extra fee.
Capital Bikeshare provides more than 2,500 bicycles in a network of more than 300 stations, located throughout the Washington metropolitan area. Bikeshare rentals are an easy way to get to and from the Metro station, run errands, go shopping, or visit friends and family.
Visit www.capitalbikeshare.com  for more information about the entire regional system, or go directly to the Bikeshare station map at www.capitalbikeshare.com/stations to see other Bikeshare locations.

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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

WAU and Saint Louis University to Host September 3 Dialogue on Ferguson, Mo.

TAKOMA PARK, MD (September 2, 2014) Washington Adventist University’s School of Graduate and Professional Studies graduate program in public administration and the Saint Louis University Department of Political Science will co-sponsor a Dialogue on Ferguson, Mo. on September 3 from 5-6 p.m. (eastern time). The public is invited to participate by dialing in to 1-800-230-1085.

Beyond the headlines and protests regarding the recent shooting of unarmed teen Michael Brown, Ferguson remains a community of 21,000 people. The dialogue will focus on what happens now in Ferguson, which has been in the news regarding issues of race, law enforcement and socio-economic status. The dialogue will address such questions as:

  • How does Ferguson rebuild?
  • Will resentment fester or will understanding prevail?
  • How do we give Ferguson and, ultimately, ourselves, the best chance forward?
  • What does it take for a community to turn away from anger?

Participants in the discussion will include Charles Henson, former city council member in Ferguson; Dr. Kenneth Warren, professor of political science at Saint Louis University; Colin Wellenkamp, adjunct professor of public policy, Washington Adventist University; Ken Franklin, Morehouse College Alumni Association, chair of engagement; Richard Wolfe, adjunct professor of public policy, Washington Adventist University; Keith Savage, Savage Solutions Group, Multicultural Strategy & Development; and Rev. Robert “Rosy” Rosebrough, pastor at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Catholic Church in Ferguson, Mo.

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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

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New Ball Field to Open September 9 Men’s Soccer Team to Play First Home Game on New Field  

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TAKOMA PARK, MD (August 27, 2014) Washington Adventist University (WAU) will officially celebrate its new $1.8 million artificial turf ball field in Takoma Park at 3:30 p.m. on September 9, and the university’s men’s soccer team will play its first home game on the field. The new field includes new lights, a new score board, and new bleachers.
 
“This new ball field is another exciting enhancement to WAU’s campus, and it represents another step forward in our efforts to turn this good university into a great university,” said Washington Adventist University President Weymouth Spence, Ed.D, R.T. “The new field will better serve our students, faculty and staff, and the community.”

The field – which will accommodate soccer games, intramural sports, and a variety of community activities throughout the year -- is part of an overall effort by WAU to improve its physical campus. During the past five years, the university has made investments of more than $16 million, reaping visible and effective results. The list of completed projects includes a new $6.3 million music building; a $1.2 million dining hall renovation; a $1.1 million activity center; and a host of smaller renovation projects that include new paint, furniture and flooring in the dormitories, classrooms and library.

Transforming the physical campus is part of Washington Adventist University’s Vision 2020: Growing with Excellence plan, which is guiding the university’s metamorphosis into one of the premier small universities in the mid-Atlantic region.

The public is invited to the ball field opening and soccer game, as well as to a dinner afterwards that will be held outdoors across from the field next to Wilkinson Hall. Please RSVP by September 4 to ebarker@wau.edu or by calling 301-891-4151. Anyone who has Shock team or WAU apparel is encouraged to wear it to display home team support!

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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

Hospital Graduates 46th (and last) Radiography Certificate Class WAU Now Offers Program with Associate’s Degree

Takoma Park, MD (July 30, 2014) Washington Adventist Hospital’s School of Radiography hosted its 46th and last graduation ceremony last week, awarding certificates to 11 graduates who completed the two-year program. The program has been transferred to Washington Adventist University (WAU), where it is now known as the radiologic technology program, part of the Department of Imaging. Students who complete WAU’s full-time program will earn an associates’ degree – which will be required of all students taking their national board exams, as of January, 2015.

WAU’s two-year radiologic technology program is designed to develop professional competence in the practice of radiography, and it prepares students for employment in hospitals, private offices and other locations within the healthcare system. The program is approved by the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC).

The Washington Adventist Hospital radiography certificate program began in 1965 and graduated its first class in 1967. During its 48 years, the program produced nearly 400 graduates. In the past ten years, the program’s graduates have achieved a 100 percent pass rate on their national board exams, which leads to employment. The program’s graduates have traditionally secured jobs within three months, and 80 percent of the graduates have remained in positions at Washington Adventist Hospital and Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, where they gained their practical experience.

The eleven new students who enrolled in Washington Adventist University’s radiologic technology program on July 7 will continue to gain the same practical experience at Washington Adventist Hospital and Shady Grove Adventist Hospital as students in the old program. The WAU program will continue to provide them with approximately 2,200 hours of hospital experience – nearly twice that of other radiology programs.

For more information about WAU’s radiologic technology program, go to http://www.wau.edu/academics/undergraduate-programs/41-academics/undergraduate-studies/870-radiologic-technology.

 

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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

Summer Academic Program Prepared 17 Students For Washington Adventist University Classes This Fall

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TAKOMA PARK (August 15, 2014) Washington Adventist University (WAU) this week presented formal letters of acceptance to 17 students who completed the university’s summer academic program that prepared them for college-level classwork.

The five-week residential Bridge Program, held this year from July 6 to August 7, provides students who apply to the school, but don’t meet the academic requirements, with a way to enhance their abilities and prepare for regular academic classes at the college level.  The program includes daily classes in math and English, helps students improve their writing skills, and provides workshops and discussions on such topics as social life, cultural diversity, self-awareness and student government. The program also includes a course on study skills to enhance academic success.

The 17 students who participated this summer all completed the Bridge Program successfully, and were presented with their formal letters of acceptance on August 10, at a banquet and celebration.

The Bridge Program makes the transition from high school to college smoother, and provides participants with individual attention from the program’s faculty and staff. The program also matches each participant with a faculty mentor who provides continuing academic support and advice throughout the freshman year.

For more information about the program, contact Dr. Ralph Johnson, Bridge Program Director, at rejohnso@wau.edu or call Admissions at 800-835-4212.

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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

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