Interim Provost Champions Excellence as the Way Forward

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“The Pursuit of Excellence” was the theme of the keynote addressed delivered by Interim Provost Patrick Williams, Ph.D., at the Provost’s Convocation, January 16, in Sligo Seventh-day Adventist Church.

In a spirited address, Williams urged the community to focus on excellence as the hallmark of everything that is done in the name of the institution.

“We strongly hold to the notion that to make this community the epitome of academic excellence, we must revisit how we conduct academic advising, ensure that the competencies and attributes we want student to possess are met before graduation, and, at the same time, improve our retention and graduation rates,” he said.

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Al Reece, Distinguished Scientist and Scholar, Appointed to Board of Trustees

Reece in Chemical Hall 150Click on photo for full-sized imageVice President for Medical Affairs, University of Maryland, E. Albert Reece, MD, Ph.D., MBA, has been appointed to the Washington Adventist University (WAU) Board of Trustees. He will serve on the board’s academic affairs sub-committee.

With his distinguished record of academic achievement, career experience, and leadership, Reece is expected to add tremendous value to the work of the board as the university’s oversight body.

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Hundreds Paid Tribute to WGTS’s John Konrad

John KonradClick on photo for full-sized imageHundreds of people gathered at Sligo Seventh-day Adventist Church, January 12, to celebrate the life of John Konrad, Vice President and General Manager of Washington’s contemporary Christian music station, WGTS 91.9. Konrad, 43, died at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, January 2, after a short illness.

Pastor Al Konrad, John’s father, spoke in loving memory of a son whom he said approached life with a special kind off exuberance.

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Douglas K. Walker Named Interim General Manager WGTS 91.9

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The board of directors of WGTS 91.9, named Douglas K. Walker interim general manager, effective Thursday, January 17, 2013. Walker’s appointment comes in the wake of the death of vice president and general manager John Konrad on January 2.

“We hired Doug to make sure the station's ministry continues in a strong and stable manner while the search for the next general manager is conducted,” said chair of WGTS board, Rob Vandeman. “Doug has great managerial experience, as well as a long and positive history with WGTS as both a volunteer and a board member, and the radio station staff is very comfortable with how he fits the ministry's profile.”

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First Generation Ambassadors Program Models Service Committment

TutoringClick on photo for full-sized imageThe First Generation Ambassadors Program (FGAP), an auxiliary of Washington Adventist University’s (WAU) Center for Student Success, is gearing up for his annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service.

On Sunday, January 27, the group will clean up the King Memorial on the National Mall. FGAP Coordinator, Kassie May Edwards, says the group is marking the day a week later because of Inauguration Day activities on January 21.

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Celebration of John Konrad’s Life, January 12

President SpenceClick on photo for full-sized imageA celebration for the life of John Konrad, Vice President and General Manager of Washington’s contemporary Christian music station, WGTS 91.9, will take place at 3 p.m. Saturday, January 12, at Sligo Seventh-day Adventist Church, 7700 Carroll Avenue Takoma Park, MD 20912

Konrad, 43, died at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, January 2, after a short illness.

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University Embraces New Higher Education Network

President SpenceWashington Adventist University President Weymouth Spence, Ed.D., Joined Maryland higher education leaders at Montgomery College recently for the inauguration of the Maryland-DC Campus Compact (MDCC), the largest higher education association in the region, comprised of the presidents of 30 colleges and universities.

The President said membership in the organization is in keeping with WAU’s commitment to civic engagement embodied in its mission statement, “This cosmopolitan institution challenges students to seize the opportunities for learning in the nation’s capital in order to become moral leaders in communities throughout the world.”

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New President of Allegheny East Conference, Henry Fordham III, to Serve on Board of Trustees

Henry FordhamClick on photo for full-sized imagePresident of Allegheny East Conference, Henry Fordham III, is a new appointee to the Washington Adventist University (WAU) Board of Trustees. Fordham, who replaces retired President Charles Cheatham, will serve on the board’s advancement subcommittee.

"Pastor Fordham is a gifted and humble leader and I know WAU will benefit enormously from his contribution," said Dave Weigley, President of the Columbia Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists and Chair of the WAU Board of Trustees. "He represents a valued part of our constituents and student body."

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Ministry Department Lends a Hand to Hurricane Victims

Ministry Department Lends a Hand to Hurricane VictimsClick on photo for full-sized imageIn a clear manifestation of the spirit of service, Washington Adventist University’s department of ministry lead a team of students in providing assistance and comfort to residents of storm-ravaged New Jersey. Led by Chaplain of Ministry, Kaneil Williams, 16 students embarked on the three and a half hour journey to Pleasantville, New Jersey, November 11.

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