Washington Adventist University Enactus Team Receives Walmart Grant for JobQuest Project

University group addresses community needs through business applications

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Takoma Park, Md. (October 28, 2014) The Washington Adventist University (WAU) Enactus team was recently awarded a $1,500 grant from Walmart, as part of the company’s “Walmart Women’s Economic Empowerment” project. The funds will support the WAU Enactus team’s collaborative work with Adventist Community Services of Greater Washington in the JobQuest effort, which serves to help unemployed and underemployed individuals find and land jobs.

“This grant from Walmart is much appreciated, and will go a long way toward helping our students provide encouragement and support to individuals who are struggling to find jobs,” said Kim Pichot, chair of the WAU Business Department.  “With this funding, the team will be able to transform lives as they prepare individuals for successful job searches and interviews, and help them resolve issues that can be roadblocks to success.”

The university’s Enactus team is part of Enactus Worldwide, an international non-profit organization that brings together student, academic and business leaders for the purpose of empowering communities and resolving problems through the use of effective business concepts.

Nationwide, there are 518 Enactus teams with more than 17,000 students, working on more than 2,000 community team projects.  Student volunteer hours working on Enactus projects numbered 541,344 last year.

For more information about the WAU Enactus team, contact Professor Kimberly Pichot at kspichot@wau.edu.

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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 1,080 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

Enactus Team at Washington Adventist University Receives Sam’s Club Grant for Flower Facelift Project

University group addresses community needs through business concepts

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Takoma Park, Md. (October 28, 2014) Sam’s Club recently awarded a $1,500 grant to the Washington Adventist University (WAU) Enactus team. Part of the “Sam’s Club Step Up for Small Business” project, the grant will support the team’s Flower Facelift effort to help struggling businesses along Flower Ave. in Takoma Park, Md. become more successful. This ongoing Enactus team project has already turned around Rainbow Coin Laundry, from the brink of bankruptcy to business success. 

“This grant from Sam’s Club will truly make a difference in this community, and we are grateful for the support,” said Kim Pichot, chair of the WAU Business Department. “Our Enactus team has already had some successes in helping small businesses overcome issues that are limiting their progress. With this funding, our students can do even more to help neighboring businesses achieve stability and growth.  This year we are already engaged with five local small businesses.”

The university’s Enactus team is part of Enactus Worldwide, an international non-profit organization that brings together student, academic and business leaders for the purpose of empowering communities and transforming lives -- resolving problems through the use of effective business concepts.

Nationwide, there are 518 Enactus teams with more than 17,000 students, working on more than 2,000 community team projects.  Student volunteer hours working on Enactus projects last year numbered 541,344.

For more information about the WAU Enactus team, contact Professor Kimberly Pichot at kspichot@wau.edu.

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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 1,080 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

North American Association of Christians in Social Work To Launch a Forum for Adventist Social Workers

First Meeting to Take Place at 6th Annual NACSW Convention November 6-9

Takoma Park, Md. (October 15, 2014) A forum for Adventist social workers will be launched on November 7 at 1 p.m. as part of the 6th Annual North American Association of Christians in Social Work (NACSW) Convention, which will take place from November 6-9 at the Double Tree Hotel in Annapolis, Md. All Adventist social workers in the Maryland, D.C. and Virginia areas are encouraged to attend.

The initial meeting of the new forum will offer the opportunity for Adventist social workers to get acquainted with each other and to make plans for future activities, including a list serve, document library, a discussion board, and planning for presentations at future NACSW conventions.

The convention will also feature a presentation by John Gavin, MSW, Professor of Social Work at Washington Adventist University. The workshop, “Faith Perspectives on Building Strong Volunteer Programs,” will be held on Friday, November 7, 10:15-11:15 a.m. in the hotel’s Stateroom. The workshop will focus on research about Adventists and Public Policy by Gavin; William Ellis, Ph.D., who teaches history and political studies at WAU; and Curtis VanderWaal, Ph.D., who is chair of the Social Work Department at Andrews University.  Gavin’s presentation will explore the connection between religious practices and levels of volunteerism.

For more information about the NACSW Convention or the forum for Adventist social workers, please contact John Gavin at wausocialwork@gmail.com .

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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 Honors Program to Host Oct. 29 and Nov. 5 Events, Marking 100th Anniversary of BLAST

One of the most recognizable literary magazines of the modernist period

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Takoma Park, Md. (October 23, 2014) The Honors Program of Washington Adventist University is hosting an exhibition and lecture to mark the 100th Anniversary of BLAST magazine, one of the most recognizable publications to emerge from London during the modernist period, with its distinctive pink cover and provocative bold typography that were intended to interject energy and new thinking into the staid British culture of the time.  A number of writers and artists associated with BLAST went on to produce some of the most recognizable modernist texts, such as James Joyce’s Ulysses and T.S. Eliot’s “The Waste Land.”

On October 29 at 7 p.m., an exhibition, “BLAST and the Rise of Literary Modernism 1914-1922” will open in the university’s Department of English and Modern Languages (located in the basement of Wilkinson Hall, 7600 Flower Ave., Takoma Park, Md. 20912). Refreshments will be served at the opening, and the exhibition will remain on view during office hours until February 4. For anyone planning to visit after the opening event, be sure to contact the English Department to ensure that the building will be open. The phone number is 301-891-4065.

A lecture, “New Media Modernism: BLAST and Video Games, will be given at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, November 5 by Sean Latham, Ph.D., chair of the Department of English at the University of Tulsa. He will deliver an original reading of BLAST using video game theory.  Latham is also current editor of the James Joyce Journal, co-director of the Modernist Journals Project (co-sponsored by the University of Tulsa and Brown University), and is past president of the Modernist Studies Association. The lecture will be delivered in the Richards Hall Chapel on campus.

Both events are free and open to the public.  They are part of a series of anniversary-themed events, hosted by the Honors Program to mark the program’s 10th anniversary.

For more information please visit: www.wauhonorsprogram.org, or email: wauhonors@gmail.com

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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 1,080 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

Valencia College President Sandford C. Shugart to be Keynote Speaker for WAU Faculty Symposium Oct. 20

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Takoma Park, Md. (October 15, 2014) The Washington Adventist University (WAU) 2nd Annual Great Teacher’s Symposium on October 20, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, will feature Valencia College President Sandford C. Shugart, Ph.D. as the keynote speaker. His presentation will focus on student success, progression and retention strategies.

 In addition to being president of the highly successful college in Orlando, Fl., Shugart is author of Leadership in the Crucible of Work: Discovering the Interior Life of an Authentic Leader. He is also an accomplished poet and singer/songwriter, and his presentations are an engaging mix of heartfelt and inspirational stories, songs and poems.

“As our university continues on its journey to achieving educational excellence through the Baldrige Program, we look forward to gaining insight and wisdom from individuals like Sandy Shugart, who understand the importance of educational best practices, and who have seen first-hand the resulting successes,” said WAU Provost Cheryl Kisunzu, Ph.D.

Shugart has been president of Valencia College for 14 years. He is the fourth president of the college, which is one of the most celebrated community colleges in the nation. It serves approximately 70,000 students a year, and is the winner of the first Aspen Prize for Excellence. Valencia College demonstrates best practices in education and has achieved such notable results as high graduation rates and job placement.

Prior to Valencia, Shugart served as president of North Harris College (currently Lone Star College – North Harris), located in Harris County, Tx., adjacent to the city of Houston. He was also Vice President and Chief Academic Officer of the North Carolina Community College System. Shugart earned his Ph.D. in teaching and learning from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

The WAU faculty symposium will be held on campus in the Student Activity Center (Bldg. 5, adjacent to the gymnasium). The campus is located at 7600 Flower Ave., Takoma Park, Md. 20912.

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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