Thoughtful Discussion, Good Questions Dominated Recent Dialogue on Ferguson, Mo.

Sponsored by Washington Adventist University and Saint Louis University

DickWolfeTAKOMA PARK, MD (September 24, 2014) A dialogue on Ferguson, Mo. was hosted earlier this month by the graduate public administration program of the Washington Adventist University (WAU) School of Graduate and Professional Studies and the Saint Louis University Department of Political Science. The dialogue focused on the issues of race, law enforcement and socio-economic status in the aftermath of the shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, a community of 21,000 residents.

Participating in the hour-long call-in discussion were representatives from civic groups, state agencies, community development groups and clergy, as well as from the two universities and the general public.

The dialogue began with a 45-minute discussion moderated by Colin Wellenkamp, adjunct professor of public policy at Washington Adventist University. Participants included Charles Henson, former city council member in Ferguson; Dr. Kenneth Warren, professor of political science at Saint Louis 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. 

“The issues of Ferguson are complex, so the dialogue included emphasis on the need for community and economic development,” said WAU adjunct professor and dialogue participant Wolfe. “In order to resolve these issues, we need more dialogue among thoughtful people to help find new ways to provide communities like Ferguson with opportunity and hope.”

At the end of the dialogue, other call-in participants – many from WAU – were invited to pose their questions and comments.

The discussion touched on the following points: the people of Ferguson have control over their own actions and destiny; employment and economic development activities need to be done on a regional basis, rather than focusing on a specific community; local regional employers need to be part of the process of developing economic resources in these communities; local leaders should step up to fulfill their responsibilities as representatives of all of the citizens who live in their jurisdiction, and they need to meet their civil rights protection obligations; and everyone involved should understand that the process of economic development and implementation is a long-term commitment that requires continuous hard work.

The dialogue on Ferguson, Mo. can be heard in its entirety at http://www.wau.edu/audio-files/dialogue-on-ferguson.mp3 .

#  #  #

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 to Host Service Day October 1

Sign Up to Participate and Support the Community

TAKOMA PARK, MD (September 23, 2014) Washington Adventist University is hosting its Fall Service Day on Wednesday, October 1, and the community is invited to participate. There are a variety of service activities planned from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., and participants will meet at Sligo Seventh-day Adventist Church, located at Flower and Carroll Avenues.  Registering to participate is as easy as clicking on a website link and entering your name and email address. Service day activities include:

Adventist Community Services: register to participate in projects to help the disadvantaged in the community at http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=94ootodab&oeidka07e9tnycl68790776e;

Book Distribution: participate in a book distribution that includes Bibles, children’s books and other materials by registering at http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr94ootodab&oeidka07e9tom9cqc32c3754;

Pay It Forward: join the effort to demonstrate not-so-random acts of kindness. Register at http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr94ootodab&oeidka07e9toq98w8875f55c; 

John Nevins Andrews School: work on projects at John Nevins Andrews School that ensure a safe and clean environment for students by taking on such tasks as organizing, filing, and cleaning. Register at http://events.constantcontact.com/register/eventllr94ootodab&oeidka07e9top85md09a3264.

Food and Friends: help an organization achieve its mission of helping men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other illness by preparing and delivering specialized meals and groceries. Register at http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr94ootodab&oeidka07e9tonised0b4257a

Friends of Sligo Creek: work to restore water quality, natural habitat and ecological well-being of the Sligo Creek watershed.  Register at http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr94ootodab&oeidka07e9tooa9aacc6b7c4

Takoma Park City Gardens:  participate in a cleanup effort that will maintain the natural habitat and beauty in the community. Register at  
http://events.constantcontact.com/register/eventllr94ootodab&oeidka07e9uuovpu8990ed05

Takoma Park Elementary School:  help maintain a safe and clean environment for students by organizing, filing and cleaning. Register at http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=94ootodab&oeidka07e9uuovdibff2587e 

Business Clean up:  help provide a safer environment by cleaning the parking lot and areas adjacent to the local business community in Takoma Park. Register at http://events.constantcontactcom/register/eventllr94ootodab&oeidka07e9uunt2ka8214146

Be the Match Registry Event: in 15 minutes or less, you can help save a life.  Take a moment to “be the match” for a leukemia or lymphoma patient by participating in the bone marrow registry. Take that first step to being someone’s cure by being tested and added to the registry. Monetary contributions are also welcome.


Washington Adventist University is considered to be a “Gateway to Service – Engaging Minds and Transforming Lives.”  For more information about Service Day, email missions@wau.edu or call 301-891-4112.

#  #  #

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 Honors Program Hosts Jazz Festival Sunday, September 28;

Featuring 50th Anniversary Performance of John Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme”

Takoma Park, MD (September 18, 2014) In celebration of the 10th Anniversary of Washington Adventist University’s Honors Program, the university is sponsoring a free Jazz Festival on Sunday, September 28 from noon to 5:30 p.m.  The festival will be held on campus in the Morrison Hall Chapel, located on Flower Ave., between Carroll Ave. and Division St. in Takoma Park.  

“The music that will be played will be as good as anything heard at the Kennedy Center or Blues Alley,” said Professor Bradford Haas, chair of the university’s English Department and director of the Honors Program.  “In fact, some of the performers have already played at both of those venues.”

Featured will be the Andrew White Quartet, performing a 50th anniversary rendition of John Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme,” which is often listed among the greatest jazz albums of all time.  Coltrane has called this recording his “thank you to God.”

Also performing will be Daisy Castro and Swing Guitars DC, the Jeff Cosgrove Trio, the Perry Conticchio Quartet and the Steve Jones Trio.

Coltrane   Coltrane3

For more information or to reserve free tickets to the festival, go to http://www.wauhonorsprogram.org. The Washington Adventist University campus is located at 7600 Flower Ave., Takoma Park, Md. 20912. It is convenient to public transportation with both bus stops and a Capital Bikeshare station on campus, and is only 1.5 miles away from the Takoma Metro.  Free parking is located behind and across the street from Morrison Hall.

 Coltrane2

#  #  #

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

Loveless4

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.”

Loveless3

“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.

Loveless5  Loveless6

#  #  #

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.

#  #  #

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

 DSC7541

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.

#  #  #

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.

#  #  #

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

Ferguson-dialogue-flyer
Download the Ferguson Dialogue Flyer for the event

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

Increases transportation options for students, faculty, staff and community

Bikeshare3

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.

#  #  #

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

thumbnail

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!

#  #  #

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