The week of March 31 to April 6 saw a small white tent occupying pride of place on the Washington Adventist University Commons. By day, it was something different to look at—a plastic structure constructed to look like a cozy country cottage. By night, it was a meeting place for dozens of students hungry to explore topics of addiction and liberation, under the theme: “Can I Live?”
More than 400 Washington Adventist University Students blanketed the greater Silver Spring area, Wednesday, April 3, to perform acts of service to the community. Community clean-up, health clinics, and service to the sick or marginalized, were the focus of the day’s event.
“Service day is a time when students put feet and hand to their faith,” said Vice President of Ministry, Baraka Muganda. “Faith in action is seen all over the University during our two annual service days.”
Washington Adventist University will mark its annual alumni homecoming celebration, April 12-14. Under the theme, “Empowered to Serve,” the University will celebrate its alumni’s commitment to a life of service.
Pastor Damon Hendrickson, class of 2002, is the featured speaker for the weekend. His life of service includes pastoral positions in his native Bermuda, as well as serving as associate director and director of youth ministries. He is currently serving as Associate Media Director for the Bermuda Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.
Distinguished scientist and scholar and Vice President for Medical Affairs, University of Maryland, E. Albert Reece, MD, Ph.D., MBA, will deliver the keynote address at Washington Adventists University’s (WAU) annual commencement, to be held at the DAR Constitution Hall, Sunday, May 5 beginning at 10 a.m.
President of the North American Division (NAD) of Seventh-day Adventist Daniel R. Jackson will speak at Sabbath Service atSligo Seventh-day Adventist Church May 4 at 11:15 a.m. , while Gary Wimbish will serve as Consecration speaker, Friday, May 3 at 8:00 p.m., also in Sligo Church.
From Capitol Hill to Annapolis, Washington Adventist University administrators seize every opportunity to make their voices heard on the critical issue of financial aid. More than 50 percent of WAU students receive some form of financial aid and one third of the students are first generation college students.
Financial aid director Sharon Conway frequently attends meeting to keep abreast of new developments and to offer her opinion when possible. Conway attended one such meeting on Capitol Hill in February as a member the Delaware, District of Columbia and Maryland Association of student financial aid administrators, a sub-group of the Eastern Association of student financial aid administrators.
The Washington Adventist University (WAU) Enactus team, formerly Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), was named a regional champion at a competition held in Baltimore, Md., March 23. The event was one of 10 regional competitions being held across the United States during March and April.
“Our students presented three local projects they were involved with a panel of judges under a rigid set of competition standards,” said President Weymouth Spence, Ed.D. “It was a joy to observe them at the regional level in competition, showcasing how they are engaging minds and transforming lives in Takoma Park, Maryland.”
“We need a new ethic and a prophetic vision and commitment to the wellbeing of the world and its people that will radically alter things and dispositions at the most fundamental level. We need a new ethic that will be committed to justice and equity in the world. A new ethic that will alter the prevailing national and government narrative that says that priority#1 on most of these matters is “what is the national interest of America? Of the UK? Of Canada or Brazil? The narrative must shift from “national interest” to what is just and what would be in support of the global good.”
Led by sponsors, Chaplain Kaneil Williams and nursing faculty, Khadene Taffe, students conducted a week of prayer at the English Adventist Academy of Haiti (EAAH) as well as health and education sessions at the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) locations in Diquini, Haiti.
Two Washington Adventist University music majors walked away with the Maryland State Music Teachers Association Chamber Music Festival Award at an annual competition held March 17 in the Leroy and Lois Peters Music Center on the University campus.