Washington Adventist University to Host 5K Fun Run on April 12 to Support Outreach Regarding Healthy Lifestyles and Community Wellness

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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.

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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. 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

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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. 

 

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

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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.

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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. 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

No Stress Zone on March 25 Aims to Help Washington Adventist University Students Stay Healthy

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Takoma Park, MD (March 23) In the Adventist tradition of promoting health and wellness, Washington Adventist University’s Social Work Club is hosting a “No Stress Zone” event on Wednesday, March 25 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.  The event will be held in the lobby of Wilkinson Hall, 7600 Flower Avenue, Takoma Park, Maryland.

The event is open to the public and will provide useful information about how people can stay healthier by relieving stress. The Social Work Club is sponsoring the event in honor of National Social Work Month, which is a time for social workers and emerging social work professionals to educate the public about the work that they do, and to celebrate the achievements of social workers nationwide.

Featured activities include six “Zone Out” stations where students and community members can participate in stress-relief activities. They include Karaoke Korner, Power Puff (non-violent pillow fights), African Dance, Soothing Scents & Sounds (aromatherapy), Game Station (Uno and Catch Phrase), and Ease Up (five minute shoulder massages by a licensed massage therapist for students with a current I.D.).

Studies show that students and others often fail to engage in regular self-care activities that will keep them healthy and strong. The timing of the event will demonstrate the value of taking a mid-day break to overcome the negative impacts of stress.   

The Washington Adventist University campus is located near the corner of Flower and Carroll avenues. It is 1.5 miles from the Takoma Metro station, and has a bus stop and Bikeshare station on campus.  Free parking is located in a lot behind Wilkinson Hall (off Greenwood Avenue), and lots in front of the building (across Flower Avenue). 

For more information, contact Melissa Henley at 301-891-4574 or mhenley@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. 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

Community Counseling Center Offers New Weekly Women’s Group on Thursday Evenings

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Takoma Park, Md. (March 16, 2014) The Community Counseling Center at Washington Adventist University is hosting a new weekly Women’s Counseling Group on Thursday evenings, 7-8:30 p.m., starting on April 23. The group offers women a safe place to discuss wellness issues, including how to maintain healthy relationships, what to do about drug and alcohol abuse, and ways to enhance personal growth. The group is open not only to students and alumni, but to the community at large, and discussions will focus on finding healthy ways to address the stresses of daily life. 

The weekly women’s group will be led by Judith Upshaw, Med, LCADC, and clinical director of the Community Counseling Center.

“This group will give women a safe place to talk about personal issues that are getting in their way of living a healthy and happy life,” said Upshaw. “Joining a counseling group with other women who understand the issues and can offer support to each other is a good first step toward overcoming obstacles and achieving the life you envision for yourself.”

The Community Counseling Center is staffed by licensed drug and alcohol counselors and graduate students in the Department of Psychology and Counseling who also offer private individual 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.

The Community Counseling 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 Avenue and in front of the building across Flower Avenue.

For more information, to join the new women’s group, or to make an individual 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. 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 Hosts Race and Justice Summit on March 26

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Takoma Park, MD (March 11, 2015) A Race and Justice Summit will be held on Thursday, March 26 at 6 p.m. on the campus of Washington Adventist University (WAU). The summit is open to the public, and will take place in the Richards Hall Chapel. The summit will be hosted by the university’s Center for Metropolitan Ministry and Center for Law and Public Policy.

“Race and social justice are all too often discussed in this country without ever reaching a conclusion about things we can all do to actually help improve race relations,” said John Gavin, chair of WAU’s Social Work Department and Director of the Center for Metropolitan Ministry.

“This summit is intended to facilitate a frank discussion that, we hope, will result in some concrete take-aways so that a clear roadmap can be developed to help guide individuals toward the time when racial profiling and social injustices cease to exist,” states Joan Francis, chair of the History and Political Studies Department and Director of the Center for Law & Public Policy.

Aisha N. Braveboy, who has served as chair of the Maryland Legislative Black Caucus and as a member of the Maryland House of Delegates, will kick off the summit. A panel discussion will follow, along with open and honest conversations about the issues surrounding racial profiling and social injustices.

Washington Adventist University is located at 7600 Flower Avenue (near the intersection with Carroll Avenue) in Takoma Park, Maryland. Richards Hall is located between Morrison Hall and the Sligo Seventh-day Adventist Church. The campus is Metro-accessible, with both a bus stop and Bikeshare station on campus. There is also plenty of free parking available both in front of and behind the building (off Greenwood Avenue).

For more information, contact John Gavin at jgavin@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. 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

Washington Adventist University Enactus Team Applies Business Strategies to Local Businesses with Notable Results

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Takoma Park, MD (March 10, 2015) Washington Adventist University (WAU) students who serve the community as members of the university’s Enactus Team are making a difference in the local business community. The students are applying their knowledge of business strategies and best practices to small Takoma Park businesses, with notable results.

The team recently hosted a Small Business Seminar for local business owners at the Takoma Park Community Center. They offered presentations on how to develop branding, create strategic marketing plans for maximum results, and use social media.

In the past year, the team’s Flower Facelift project – supported by a $1,500 grant from the “Sam’s Club Step Up for Small Business” project -- helped small business owners in the Long Branch area to boost sales through marketing and improved operations.

“I am very proud of our students’ efforts and the results they’ve achieved,” said Kimberly S. Pichot, chair of the WAU Business Department. “Last year, the WAU Enactus team started helping the nearby Rainbow Coin Laundry, which was struggling to stay afloat.  Since the team rebranded the business, painted and cleaned the store, and helped the owner attract some media attention, the enterprise is currently breaking even and on the path to success.”

The students also worked on a Job Quest project, in conjunction with Adventist Community Services of Greater Washington and Walmart, which provided the team with a $1,500 grant as part of its “Walmart Women’s Economic Empowerment” project to help unemployed and underemployed individuals find and land jobs. Two years ago, at the 2013 Enactus Nationals competition, the team won 3rd place and $4,000 from Walmart to help support the project.

Working with women-owned businesses in the Long Branch area of Takoma Park, the WAU Enactus team used another $1,500 grant – this one from Coca Cola’s “Uncap Opportunities for Women” project -- to help the owners of such businesses as El Golfo Restaurant on Flower Avenue with the marketing of the restaurant’s events during the year.

“Washington Adventist University has long been considered a gateway to service, and the students who volunteer their time as members of our Enactus team see the benefits of that service first hand,” said Pichot. “It’s a great opportunity for them to gain valuable experience in entrepreneurship, marketing and management, while helping our local businesses boost their sales and increase profitability.

The university’s Enactus team is part of an international non-profit organization that brings student, academic and business leaders together to develop projects that improve the quality of life for people in need by applying business concepts.  The WAU team has volunteered more than 3,700 hours of time.

Nationwide, there are 518 Enactus teams with more than 17,000 students, working on more than 2,000 community team projects. 

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. 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

Washington Adventist University Hosts April 12 Family Fun Festival in Takoma Park

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Takoma Park, MD (March 10, 2015) A Family Fun Festival will be held in Takoma Park on Sunday, April 12, from noon to 5 p.m., on the campus of Washington Adventist University (WAU).  The annual event is free to the public and features live music, food and family entertainment. The event has been an annual tradition on campus for more than a decade, and it is the highlight of the university’s Alumni Weekend, which is April 9-12 this year.

“With the arrival of spring and warmer weather, this festival offers families a chance to get outside in the fresh air and spend a Sunday afternoon together,” said Professor Kimberly Pichot, chair of the WAU Business Department and chair of the festival. “There will be something for everyone at this year’s festival, and I encourage everyone to stop by and enjoy the day”

The festival will be staged with support from the City of Takoma Park and sponsors such as Washington Adventist Hospital, WGTS 91.9 FM radio, and the local business community. Featured will be a performance by WAU’s award-winning Acro-Airs sports-acrobatics exhibition team; a showcase of WGTS music artists; health screenings; food from local restaurants and caterers; tents filled with interesting crafts; and entertainment for children, big and small. A food drive for the Capital Area Food Bank will also be featured, and families are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to donate.

The festival will be held rain or shine.  The WAU campus is located at 7600 Flower Avenue, Takoma Park, Md. 20912, near Washington Adventist Hospital and accessible by public transportation. The campus is 1.5 miles from the Takoma Metro, and there is a bus stop and BikeShare station on campus. There is also plenty of free parking.

For more information about the Family Fun Festival, or to participate as a sponsor or vendor, call 301-891-4034 or go to www.wau.edu/festival.

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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. 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 Named Among “30 Great Small Colleges for a Counseling Degree”

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Takoma Park, MD (March 3, 2015) Washington Adventist University is listed among the “30 Great Small Colleges for a Counseling Degree (Bachelor’s).”  The listing appears in the March 2015 online “Best Psychology Degrees: Your Guide to Top Psychology Degree Programs” at http://www.bestpsychologydegrees.com/top/small-colleges-counseling-degree/. The listing was compiled by Kelley Jacobs, a Midwest business consultant and former program evaluator with experience in qualitative and quantitative research, survey development and statistical analysis.

“We are extremely pleased to be included in this listing, as it validates what we’ve long known – that Washington Adventist University is a great small college, and our counseling degree programs are outstanding,” said  Cheryl Harris Kisunzu, Ph.D., MSN, FNP, RN, and Provost of Washington Adventist University.

In addition to the bachelor’s degree in counseling psychology, Washington Adventist University’s Department of Psychology also offers a master’s degree in counseling psychology. The university is currently one of only two schools in the state of Maryland that offers a master’s degree program for drug abuse counseling.

“I encourage anyone interested in a degree in counseling psychology to seek their education here at Washington Adventist University,” said Grant Leitma, Ph.D., and chair of the Washington Adventist University Department of Psychology. “All of our students receive an excellent education, and our graduate students have opportunities to gain first-hand experience helping people in the community through our Community Counseling Center.”

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

For more information about the university’s undergraduate counseling degree programs, contact gleitma@wau.edu. Applications are still being accepted for the fall semester. The university also offers both undergraduate and graduate counseling degree programs through its School of Graduate and Professional Studies (SGPS) to accommodate working adults. For information about SGPS classes, which start again the week of March 8-12, go https://www.wau.edu/academics/school-of-graduate-and-professional-studies or call 301-891-4092.

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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. 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