Washington Adventist University Enactus Team Wins at U.S. National Competition

EnactusSL

Takoma Park, MD (April 21, 2015)  Washington Adventist University’s Enactus team travelled to St. Louis, Missouri to participate in the Enactus United States National Exposition, held April 13-16.  The team received a number of awards, including being named finalists in the opening round of the competition, along with placing as finalists in their Walmart project. They also received 3rd place nationally in both their Coca Cola Foundation and Sam’s Club projects. 

“Being part of Enactus for my entire college experience has to be the most rewarding part of attending Washington Adventist University. Competition this year demonstrated that as college students we truly can change the world if we mean to do so. All the presenting teams exhibited so much professionalism and were so friendly that I will miss the interaction when I graduate,” said Royanne Richards, Enactus past president and senior class president.

“The ’We All Win’ mantra proved to be true of the Enactus National Exposition 2015. It was a pleasure to meet so many students and get a chance to demonstrate the impact we have been making across the world. We are the future, so it is great when we get a chance to connect and share ideas. Never in a million years would I imagine getting interviewed and offered an internship with such a large corporation on the same day.  Enactus is worth the effort,” said Sashawna McCalla, a senior finance major and Enactus Bridge Forte project leader.

Washington Adventist University was one of more than 180 university teams that competed for the U.S. championship last week. Participating students use business concepts to develop community outreach projects, transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable world. The culmination of the Enactus program is an annual series of competitions that provide a showcase for teams to present the results of their projects and be evaluated by business leaders serving as judges. Teams compete first at national level, then at the international level when the national champion teams from each country meet at the Enactus World Cup.

During this academic year, the Enactus Washington Adventist University team organized ten projects in the Takoma Park community; including working with Mr. Kim of Rainbow Coin Laundry, where the team created a tutoring service for K-4th graders while their parents do laundry. This project led to the Sam’s Club 3rd place award.
#  #  #

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. Approximately 1,100 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.

Enactus Contact:
Kimberly Pichot
Associate Professor and Chair | Sam Walton Fellow
Department of Business | Washington Adventist University
7600 Flower Ave. | Takoma Park, MD 20912 |
(301) 891-4034 Direct | kspichot@wau.edu |

Media Contacts:
Angie Crews, 301-891-4134, acrews@wau.edu
Donna Bigler, 240-286-1169, dbigler@wau.edu

Washington Adventist University Chapter of International Business Honor Society Inducts New Members

Business-Honor-Society

Takoma Park, MD (April 7, 2015) New members were inducted recently into the Washington Adventist University (WAU) Chapter of Sigma Beta Delta International Business Honor Society, which encourages and recognizes scholarship and accomplishment among students in the school of business. The Honor Society also promotes personal and professional improvement and distinguished service.

Membership is by invitation, and those who are inducted rank in the top 20 percent of their class and are at least half-way through their bachelor’s or master’s degree program in the school of business. The WAU Chapter of Sigma Beta Delta International Business Honor Society has been on campus for three years. The first charter members were inducted on April 1, 2012.

This year’s new members were inducted during a March 22 ceremony that featured a keynote address by Richard Rajarthinam, President, Office Care, Inc.; and remarks by Milton Morris, President, MDM Office Systems, Inc. Those inducted include: Loza Ayana, BS Business Administration Management; Sean Cole, BS Business Administration; Annagabriella Colon, BS Accounting; Joseph Dunkelly, BS Accounting; Kassie Edwards, MA Public Administration; Daniel Hicklin, BS Information Systems; Sydney Mascoll, BS Accounting; Erica McKitty, BS Accounting; Esther Owusu, BS Accounting; Alana Pabon, MA Public Administration; Manikandan Panickar, MBA; Anissa Perez, MA Public Administration; Leland Pittman, BS Business Administration Management; and Ruben Soares, BS Business Administration Marketing.

Sigma Beta Delta International has more than 370 chapters in 47 states, with four international institutions. For more information about the WAU Chapter, contact Faculty Advisor Kimberly Pichot at kspichot@wau.edu or 301-891-4034.

 

#  #  #

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. Approximately 1,100 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, 240-286-1169dbigler@wau.edu

Washington Adventist University’s WGTS 91.9 Radio Station Must Soon Bid Farewell to Senior Chaplain Terry Johnsson

TerryWGTS

Takoma Park, MD (March 25, 2015) The Washington Adventist University-owned WGTS 91.9 FM radio station will soon be bidding a fond farewell to Chaplain Terry Johnsson, Ph.D., who will be joining Adventist Health in Portland, Oregon, on May 1 as Executive Director of Mission Integration.

For the past eight years, Johnsson has served as Senior Chaplain at WGTS 91.9, hosting the program Breakaway on Saturday mornings at 9 a.m. -- helping listeners grow spiritually through conversations with authors, speakers, and other special guests. He has also served on the WGTS 91.9 Board of Directors since 1997, a role that he will continue.

"Terry is one of a kind, and has built up the chaplain’s department, directed its growth and kicked off many innovative initiatives – so he will most certainly be missed,” said Kevin Krueger, WGTS 91.9 Vice President and General Manager. “We look forward to Terry’s continued influence on Washington, D.C. through his continued membership on our board of directors, the weekly program Breakaway, and special events like Night of Hope.”

According to Krueger, one of Johnsson’s initiatives at WGTS 91.9 and something he is passionate about is PrayerWorks, a virtual prayer community with 248,800 active participants. It is the largest virtual prayer community in the United States.

“We are extremely fortunate at Washington Adventist University to have such a dynamic radio station as WGTS 91.9 contributing the strong spiritual support of its outstanding ministry team,” said Washington Adventist University President Weymouth Spence, Ed.D., R.T. “Despite Terry Johnsson’s departure, amazing things are still ahead, and our vision for the future of the radio station and the university remains strong.”

Chaplain Pete Garza will lead the WGTS 91.9 Chaplain’s Department moving forward, according to Krueger. 

 

#  #  #

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. Approximately 1,100 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 to Host 5K Fun Run on April 12 to Support Outreach Regarding Healthy Lifestyles and Community Wellness

FunRun4

Takoma Park, MD (March 26, 2015) A 5K Fun Run on Sunday, April 12 from 8 a.m. to 12 noon in Takoma Park will support Washington Adventist University’s Acro-Airs acrobatic sports team and its outreach efforts to promote healthy lifestyles and enhance community wellness. The run is open to all, and participants may also choose to walk.   

The Fun Run will follow Sligo Creek Parkway, which will be closed to vehicles. The run is organized by the Washington Adventist University Alumni, Student Missions and the Acro-Airs team. Additional sponsors are welcome.

The registration fee for the 5K Fun Run is $35 for adults and $25 for children. Sponsorships are available for $1,000 for 50 participants; $500 for 25 participants; $300 for 15 participants; and $150 for 7 participants.  For more information or to register online, go to http://www.mission-airs5k.com .

The run will be followed by an afternoon Family Fun Festival on campus on April 12, from noon to 5 p.m. It is also open to the public, and will feature live music, food and entertainment. Both events are part of the university’s Alumni Weekend activities, April 9-12.

Washington Adventist University is located at 7600 Flower Avenue, Takoma Park, Maryland 20912. The campus offers free parking and access to the Takoma Metro (1.5 miles away) via a bus stop and Capital Bikeshare station.

#  #  #

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. Approximately 1,100 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, 240-286-1169dbigler@wau.edu

Washington Adventist University Presents its 36th G. Arthur Keough Lectureship April 10-11

Plantak

Two Lectures Will Explore the Concept of Liminality

Takoma Park, MD (March 24, 2015) Washington Adventist University’s 36th G. Arthur Keough Lectureship will be held on campus April 10-11, and it is open to the public. The lectureship will feature two presentations on the topic of liminality by Zdravko Plantak, Ph.D., who is the former chair of the Washington Adventist University Department of Religion. Both lectures will be held in the Richards Hall Chapel, lower level of Building 10, which is located next to the Sligo Seventh-day Adventist Church at the corner of Flower and Carroll avenues in Takoma Park, Maryland.

In the lecture on Friday, April 10 at 6 p.m., Plantak will present “Radical Liminality: Re-Imagining and Re-Performing our Faith on the Thresholds of Life.” Plantak describes liminality as “finding ourselves between doorposts, on a threshold of life. We experience such liminal moments in our personal lives, in the ecclesiastical life, and in the culture and world in which we live. A solution for such ‘in-between’ times is to creatively and radically reimagine new possibilities and different ways, and then start performing afresh our faith in such vulnerable and marginal moments.”  

The lecture on Saturday, April 11 at 4 p.m. will cover “Liminal Radicality: The Mission of the Church through the Embodied Proclamation.” In Plantak’s words, “The church lacks sufficient radicality in its mission to the world.  The church’s role is to be the body of Christ in the ‘in-between’ time. We must be rooted (and therefore truly radical or sourced) in the mission that is not just talking the talk (evangelizing with words and doctrines) but especially walking the walk (being the community that represents the kingdom of God through incarnational embodied ministry).”

Plantak currently serves as the Professor of Ethics at Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, California. A native of Croatia, Plantak received his bachelor’s degree in theology from Newbold College in England, followed by a master’s degree in theology from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan. He earned his Ph.D. in theology and Christian Ethics from King’s College, University of London.

During his early career, Plantak served as a pastor in Croatia and England, in addition to leading youth ministries and presenting at numerous conferences and lectureships. During his 16 years with Washington Adventist University, Plantak served in a variety of positions in addition to that of chair of the Department of Religion. He directed a master’s program and developed several online undergraduate and graduate courses on such topics as ethical leadership, public service ethics, and ethics in the modern world. He also led a number of educational tours of the Holy Land and Europe. Until recently, he chaired the Board of the Center for Metropolitan Ministry (Washington, DC), is a past president and current member of the Adventist Society of Religious Studies, and is a member of the Board of Ministerial and Theological Education for the North American Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church (BMTE) and the World Church (IBMTE).

Plantak is also a member of the Board of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, and has professional affiliations with the Adventist Peach Fellowship (APF), the American Academy of Religion (AAR), the American Philosophical Association (PA), Society for Biblical Literature (SBL), Society of Adventist Philosophers (SAP), and the Society of Christian Ethicists (SCE).  Due to his expertise in the topic of Christian ethics, Plantak serves on the Internal Review Board of Washington Adventist Hospital and the Institutional Biohazards Committee for research on human subjects for Washington Adventist Hospital and other Montgomery County, Maryland hospitals. He has been published in professional journals and religious magazines, and has produced a book on human rights and social justice.

This year’s Keough Lectureship was organized by Mikhail Kulakov, D. Phil., professor of the Washington Adventist University Department of Religion and director of the WAU Bible Translation Institute. 

For more information about the lectureship, contact Danielle Barnard at 301-891-4033. Washington Adventist University is Metro accessible, and there is plenty of free parking in lots both behind the building (off Greenwood Avenue) and across Flower Avenue.

                                                                                     #  #  #

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. Approximately 1,100 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@wu.edu