Washington Adventist University Education Department Receives NADOE Endorsement

TAKOMA PARK, Md. (October 1, 2014) The Washington Adventist University (WAU) Education Department has been endorsed by the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists Office of Education (NADOE). The university met or exceeded all of the standards for endorsement, and the endorsement period of six years is the maximum possible, continuing through December 2020.

“We are very pleased with the endorsement of our Education Department,” said WAU Provost Cheryl Harris Kisunzu, Ph.D., MSN, FNP, RN. “Our faculty, staff and students demonstrate hard work and commitment throughout the year, and this endorsement is a wonderful reflection of their contributions and accomplishments.”

A visiting team of evaluators from NADOE visited the university’s Takoma Park campus on September 23 and 24 to assess the teacher education program. The three-member team consisted of Carol Campbell, the chair, and members Ham Canosa and June Fiorito. They conducted a full endorsement visit that included a thorough review and evaluation of the university’s accreditation documents, program philosophy, course descriptions, syllabi, bulletin information, portfolios, assignments, student work samples, and alumni testimony.

WAU is accredited by the Adventist Accrediting Association (AAA), with Department of Education accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), and also by the Maryland Department of Education (MSDE).

The areas assessed during the visit included religious preparation, methodology for teaching, principles and philosophy of Seventh-day Adventist education, principles of healthful living, experiences in multi-grade classrooms, Seventh-day Adventist curriculum materials, and (to affirm the preparation of candidates for the ministry of teaching) experience in Seventh-day Adventist schools.

The visit also included validation of a curriculum library with all of the books recommended by the North American Division, a designated classroom with technology, and enough full-time faculty to meet the needs of the students enrolled in the WAU education program.

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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

WGTS Radio Hosts Free Fall Concert October 1

91.9’s Concert Starts at 7 p.m. at Sligo Seventh-Day Adventist Church

MikeschairTAKOMA Park, MD (September 30, 2014) Washington Adventist University’s own WGTS radio station, 91.9 FM, is hosting a fall “Thank You” concert on October 1 from 7-8:30 p.m.  The concert will be held at Sligo Seventh-day Adventist Church, located at 7700 Carroll Ave. in Takoma Park, Md. 22192 (at the corner of Carroll and Flower Ave.). 

The free concert will feature the music of MIKESCHAIR, a Christian rock group that seeks to inspire with uplifting music and messages of commitment and hope. Mike Grayson and the group will share their music and their hearts, and will reflect all that’s special about the nation’s capital in this fundraiser event.    

Doors open at 6 p.m., and refreshments will be served after the concert.  Be sure to RSVP so you’ll have a seat.  Go to https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e9uzcz59d3d849e5&llr=cxngam77

For more information about WGTS radio or to listen online, go to http://www.wgts.org.

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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

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 .

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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

Statement by: Weymouth Spence, Ed.D., R.T. President, Washington Adventist University

On behalf of Washington Adventist University, I offer heartfelt condolences to the family of Suzanne (Sue) Miller, who succumbed to her injuries from a motorcycle accident yesterday and went to rest all too soon. The loss of this young and beloved teacher is clearly a devastating tragedy that is difficult to bear, particularly for her family, her friends, and her students at Sligo Adventist School.

I encourage others to join me in prayer for the Miller family and the Potomac Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.  May we find ways to offer the Miller family and all who knew Sue comfort, not only now but in the days ahead as we grieve her loss and celebrate her life.

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.

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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