Washington Adventist University Opens New $1.8 Million Ball Field

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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.

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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

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

Increases transportation options for students, faculty, staff and community

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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.

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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

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

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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!

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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

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.

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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

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Summer Academic Program Prepared 17 Students For Washington Adventist University Classes This Fall

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TAKOMA PARK (August 15, 2014) Washington Adventist University (WAU) this week presented formal letters of acceptance to 17 students who completed the university’s summer academic program that prepared them for college-level classwork.

The five-week residential Bridge Program, held this year from July 6 to August 7, provides students who apply to the school, but don’t meet the academic requirements, with a way to enhance their abilities and prepare for regular academic classes at the college level.  The program includes daily classes in math and English, helps students improve their writing skills, and provides workshops and discussions on such topics as social life, cultural diversity, self-awareness and student government. The program also includes a course on study skills to enhance academic success.

The 17 students who participated this summer all completed the Bridge Program successfully, and were presented with their formal letters of acceptance on August 10, at a banquet and celebration.

The Bridge Program makes the transition from high school to college smoother, and provides participants with individual attention from the program’s faculty and staff. The program also matches each participant with a faculty mentor who provides continuing academic support and advice throughout the freshman year.

For more information about the program, contact Dr. Ralph Johnson, Bridge Program Director, at rejohnso@wau.edu or call Admissions at 800-835-4212.

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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