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Welcome to Washington Adventist University! WAU is a Christ-centered institution of higher education that supports a culture of excellence where all feel valued.  Our vision is to produce graduates who bring moral leadership and competence to their communities. WAU graduates get great jobs and enter top graduate programs.

Our campus has an internationally and culturally diverse population with over 40 countries and nearly every state represented among our students, faculty, staff, and administration. We are next to the country's richest mix of faith, history, and culture, and just moments away from great outdoor pursuits such as hiking, wind surfing, whitewater rafting, and skiing.

Our student/teacher ratio of 13 students for each faculty member means that our students receive the individual attention they deserve.  We develop relationships with faculty and staff members who enjoy leading and aiding in intellectual, spiritual, and personal growth.

Please visit with us and stay for the WAU experience, which you will never get anywhere else.

As our graduates leave WAU, they embark through the “Gateway to Service” as stated in our motto. You too can be a part of this great journey. We look forward to helping you reach your full potential as the Christ-centred individual God intended for you to become!

Sincerely,
Weymouth Spence, Ed.D., R.T.

Parenting College Students

June 2013

The Boulevard Seventh-day Adventist Church in Philadelphia identified the year 2013 has the “Year of the Family.” Their stated objective for the year is to learn, grow and fellowship together. I accepted an invitation to present on April 19 on the topic of “Parenting College Students.” The central theme of the evening’s presentation was that Christian education begins at home. Ellen White in the book, Adventist Home, states that: “In His wisdom, the Lord has decreed that the family shall be the greatest of all educational agencies. It is in the home that the education of the child is to begin. Here is the first school. Here, with his parents as instructors, he is to learn the lessons that are to guide him throughout life – Lessons of: respect, obedience, and self-control.” Another source recommends that parents of adolescents must provide both stated and unstated messages that say, “I value you,” “you can think,” and “you have control.” A key message to parents is to model the desired behavior to our children. Model your own healthy self-concept to your teen by taking care of yourself as much as you take care of them. The concept is that responsibility is caught, not taught. Unconditional love must be demonstrated at all times. Lectures and treats are not the best methods of parenting. Interacting with teens as if they are adults convey a strong message that we expect them to act as responsible adults and own their problems and their solutions.

A goal of the University is to connect with churches throughout the Columbia Union and to respond to invitations to provide teaching and learning opportunities for spiritual and intellectual growth.

This is Washington Adventist University

Is a Liberal Arts Education a Valued Investment?

April 2013

There is continuing debate regarding the value of a liberal arts education. In today’s economic climate, political leaders are making the argument that there must be a direct link to spending money for an education that leads to a specific job. Even within the higher education community, there is a view that students who earn Bachelor’s or Master’s degrees in liberal arts fields are less likely to be sought after by employers.

It is important to know that the use of the word liberal in this context refers to a broad education that is intellectually liberating, one that teaches analytical thinking from multiple perspectives, and creativity in problem-solving. At Washington Adventist University, our vision is to produce graduates who bring competence and moral leadership to their communities. We prepare students to be responsible citizens and individuals who will contribute to the improvement of their communities. What is very clear, if we examine the data, is that a college degree is indeed a financially sound investment. In 2011, a report issued by the Center for Education and the Workforce stated that those holding Bachelor’s degrees earn nearly a million dollars more over a lifetime than those with only a high school diploma.

For our graduates, a college degree is a tremendous investment that will continue to return personal reward in spiritual development, in income, in intellectual development, and in professional flexibility. In today’s economy, a college education gives a great return!

A Day in Baltimore with 44 WAU Students

May 2013

On Friday, March 22, 2013 I cleared my calendar to spend the day with 44 students who were competing for the regional championship in Enactus. En-Act-Us is an international non-profit organization that brings together student, academic and business leaders who are committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need. Guided by academic advisors and business experts, student leaders create and implement community empowerment projects around the globe. The experience not only transforms lives, it helps students develop the kind of talent and perspective that are essential to leadership in an increasingly complicated and challenging world. My intention was to support the students, faculty, staff and community advisors who were competing for just the second time, after many years of being inactive.

At the end of the day I learnt that our students counted among 62,000 from 38 countries representing 1,600 universities and 7,300,000 project volunteer hours towards a common commitment: “Together we pledge to take action. Together we commit to apply our passions and talents and ideas to impact as many lives as we can. Not to hand out help to people in need, but to work side by side with them to create opportunity. So every person and community we touch is empowered to live up to their fullest potential.”

Our WAU students presented the three local projects they were involved with to a panel of judges under a rigid set of competition standards. It was a joy to observer them at the regional level in competition, showcasing how they are engaging minds and transforming lives in the local community of Takoma Park, MD.

By the way, WAU Enactus students are now regional champions and are preparing to compete at the national level in May 2013.

WGTS-Gateway to Service 91.9FM

February 2013

John Konrad transformed WGTS into a media power house that now provides a daily source of hope and inspiration to local, national and international listeners. His philosophy was to use media to reach out to people who are searching for comfort, hope, joy, peace and love. His commitment was not to get listeners attracted to a religion, but to get them connected to Jesus Christ the dependable and everlasting source of joy, hope, peace and love.

John has left us with a well rated 91.9FM Christian radio station that is “Family Safe and Kid Friendly.” On any given day or night, while at home, work or play over 600,000 individuals are hearing that Jesus is our creator, redeemer and friend. What a legacy!

On behalf of the Washington Adventist University Board of Trustees and the entire University community, may the grace and comfort of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Larnelle Harris, in August 1994, released an album called, I Choose Joy. The chorus of one of my favorite songs on the album states: “The best is yet to come, nothing compares to the promise we share, that the best is yet to come.”

Focus on the words of John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."

This is Washington Adventist University!