Washington Adventist University’s Faculty, Staff and Students Mourn the Death of Adjunct Professor of Public Policy Dick Wolfe

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Takoma Park, MD (November 25, 2014) Washington Adventist University (WAU) is mourning the sudden death this week of adjunct professor of public administration and health care administration Richard Wolfe, who taught both undergraduate and graduate level courses at the university for nearly two decades.

Earlier this semester, Wolfe was a key participant in the Dialogue on Ferguson, Mo. that WAU held in conjunction with Saint Louis University to discuss ways for the community to move forward after the shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown.  Wolfe was also an expert on the topic of protected health information. As co-founder of the Public Health Information (PHI) Protection Network, he was organizing a PHI conference for February 2015 in Anaheim, Ca. at the time of his death.

"Dick Wolfe was an energetic and committed educator who inspired students, faculty and staff alike,” said WAU President Weymouth Spence, Ed.D., R.T.  “He brought his real-world experience into the classroom, and challenged students to find ways to effectively apply their knowledge to current issues and events. He was an outstanding individual, and his loss will be profoundly felt on this campus.”

“Because he knew a lot about so many things and was wise in so many ways, Dick Wolfe was a good conversationalist and fun to be around,” said Nicole Currier, dean of the WAU School of Graduate and Professional Studies. “He was the kind of person who was always there for others, and his consistent and valued presence will be missed.”

Since September 1996, Wolfe has taught courses in the WAU School of Graduate and Professional Studies, including undergraduate organizational management classes, as well as graduate courses in public administration, business administration and health care administration.  He was also an associate with Booz Allen Hamilton from June 2006 to November 2011, and was a retired Captain from the U.S. Navy Medical Service Corps, where he served from June 1983 to August 2004.

At Washington Adventist University, Wolfe routinely demonstrated his commitment to improving opportunities for students and teachers, and he had recently been tapped to advise on the creation of new courses that will become part of the university’s growing master’s program in public administration. As a result, Wolfe’s legacy at Washington Adventist University will continue well into the future.

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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

Washington Adventist University Offers the Public Affordable Addiction and Mental Health Counseling Services

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Takoma Park, MD (November 21, 2014) Thanksgiving is almost upon us, and for individuals with addiction and mental health issues, it can be the start of an often stressful and difficult holiday season. Individuals in need of affordable counseling services are encouraged to consider the Washington Adventist University Community Counseling Center, located close to Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park, Md.

The Community Counseling Center is staffed by licensed drug and alcohol counselors and graduate students in the Department of Psychology and Counseling who offer both private individual and group counseling sessions. The Center specializes in drug and alcohol addictions, behavioral addictions and mental health issues. Clients are charged on a sliding fee scale for the services they receive, based on what they can afford to pay. The Center also accepts all health insurance.

“Our counselors have considerable expertise in addiction issues, and we provide affordable services to a diverse community with a wide variety of needs, including individuals who have been charged with DUI (driving under the influence),” said Grant Leitma, Ph.D., and chair of the Washington Adventist University Department of Psychology. Washington Adventist University is one of only two schools in the state of Maryland that offers a master’s degree program for drug abuse counseling. 

“During the holidays when there are more social gatherings, higher expectations, and greater stresses, our counselors can help individuals better manage their addictions and mental health issues so they can enjoy the season and live healthier, happier lives,” said Judith Upshaw, MEd, LCADC, and clinical director of the Community Counseling Center.

The Center -- which is open year round – operates Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Center is located on the Fourth Floor of Wilkinson Hall, 7600 Flower Ave., Takoma Park, Md. 20912. There is a bus stop and BikeShare station directly across the street, and the Takoma Metro station is 1.5 miles away. Free parking is available both behind Wilkinson Hall off Greenwood Ave. and in front of the building across Flower Ave.

For more information or to make an appointment, call 301-576-0131 or email jupshaw@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 Coca Cola Grant for the Uncap Opportunities for Women Project

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University group addresses community needs through business concepts

Takoma Park, Md. (October 30, 2014) The Washington Adventist University (WAU) Enactus team has been awarded a $1,500 grant to support its Uncap Opportunities for Women project. The funding will support the team’s efforts in helping women-owned businesses in the Long Branch area of Takoma Park, assisting them with new marketing initiatives. The team will be partnering with the Long Branch Business League to help local businesses in the area succeed.
 
“Last year, the Enactus team started working with El Golfo Restaurant,” said Kim Pichot, chair of the WAU Business Administration Department. “This grant support from Coca-Cola will enable our students to continue helping the restaurant market its events this year.  It’s a great opportunity for our students to gain valuable experience in entrepreneurship, marketing and management, while helping our local businesses boost their sales.”

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

December 5 Christmas Concert Launches New Paul Hill Memorial Choral Scholarship

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Takoma Park, MD (November 19, 2014) Washington Adventist University’s annual Christmas Concert on December 5 at 7:30 p.m. is free and open to the public. Students from the university’s Music Department will perform traditional Christmas music, along with pieces that reflect the spirit of the season.

There will be performances by the Pro Musica of Washington Adventist University, the Columbia Collegiate Chorale of Washington Adventist University, and the New England Youth Ensemble of Washington Adventist University. 

This year’s Christmas Concert event will launch a new scholarship for choral students – The Paul Hill Memorial Choral Scholarship Fund – and donations are welcome. The scholarship will honor the legacy of one of Washington Adventist University’s renowned faculty members – Paul Hill, the choral program director from 1962 to 1970 and founder of the university’s Pro-Musica choral performance group. Hill was also founder of the acclaimed 160-voice Paul Hill Chorale that performed in 1971 at the opening of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and continued to perform there under his leadership for more than two decades until his death in 1999.

The concert will be held at Sligo Seventh-day Adventist Church, 7700 Carroll Ave., Takoma Park, Md. 20912. Free parking is available directly across Flower Ave. and behind the church along Greenwood Ave.

For more information about the concert, call 301-891-4133 or email alumni@wau.edu.

This year, Washington Adventist University is celebrating its 110th anniversary. The institution was established in 1904 as the Washington Training College to educate young men and women in the liberal arts. Over the years, the institution has been known as the Washington Foreign Mission Seminary, Washington Missionary College, and during the past half century as Columbia Union College until 2009, when the school attained university status.

 

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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

WAU Enrolls Record Number of Graduate Students This Fall

Five Year Increase Exceeds 67 Percent

Takoma Park, Md. (October 28, 2014) The number of graduate students enrolled at Washington Adventist University (WAU) this fall is a record number for the School of Graduate and Professional Studies, which offers convenient evening classes to accommodate the needs of working adults.  The 181 graduate students who registered for the fall semester reflect more than a 67 percent increase over five years ago, when graduate students numbered only 108.

“We are pleased that more adults in the Washington metropolitan area are discovering the convenience and accessibility of the classes offered at Washington Adventist University,” said Nicole Currier, dean of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies. “This university takes a holistic approach to education that nurtures mind, body and soul, which is something that busy adults value, particularly those who are earning degrees while holding full-time jobs and raising families.”

The School of Graduate and Professional Studies (SGPS) offers eight accelerated graduate degree programs – business administration, counseling psychology, healthcare administration, nursing education, nursing and business leadership, public administration, psychology, and religion. Both the business administration and public administration degree programs are also offered fully online.

As one of the first adult evening programs in the nation, the School of Graduate and Professional Studies is celebrating its 30th year. What began initially as an adult evening program offering two undergraduate degrees has expanded to the current offerings of 11 accelerated undergraduate degree programs, along with the eight graduate programs.

For more information about the programs offered by the School of Graduate and Professional Studies, call 301-891-4092. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday-Thursday; and 8:30 a.m. to noon on Friday. Anyone interested in applying online should go to http://www.wau.edu/graduate-studies .  Registration starts November 10 for the spring 2015 semester.

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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