From Capitol Hill to Annapolis, Washington Adventist University administrators seize every opportunity to make their voices heard on the critical issue of financial aid. More than 50 percent of WAU students receive some form of financial aid and one third of the students are first generation college students.
Financial aid director Sharon Conway frequently attends meeting to keep abreast of new developments and to offer her opinion when possible. Conway attended one such meeting on Capitol Hill in February as a member the Delaware, District of Columbia and Maryland Association of student financial aid administrators, a sub-group of the Eastern Association of student financial aid administrators.
The Washington Adventist University (WAU) Enactus team, formerly Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), was named a regional champion at a competition held in Baltimore, Md., March 23. The event was one of 10 regional competitions being held across the United States during March and April.
“Our students presented three local projects they were involved with a panel of judges under a rigid set of competition standards,” said President Weymouth Spence, Ed.D. “It was a joy to observe them at the regional level in competition, showcasing how they are engaging minds and transforming lives in Takoma Park, Maryland.”
Led by sponsors, Chaplain Kaneil Williams and nursing faculty, Khadene Taffe, students conducted a week of prayer at the English Adventist Academy of Haiti (EAAH) as well as health and education sessions at the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) locations in Diquini, Haiti.
“We need a new ethic and a prophetic vision and commitment to the wellbeing of the world and its people that will radically alter things and dispositions at the most fundamental level. We need a new ethic that will be committed to justice and equity in the world. A new ethic that will alter the prevailing national and government narrative that says that priority#1 on most of these matters is “what is the national interest of America? Of the UK? Of Canada or Brazil? The narrative must shift from “national interest” to what is just and what would be in support of the global good.”
Two Washington Adventist University music majors walked away with the Maryland State Music Teachers Association Chamber Music Festival Award at an annual competition held March 17 in the Leroy and Lois Peters Music Center on the University campus.
The Department of Religion’s hosting of the 32nd G. Arthur Keough Lecture will bring to the University two outstanding international development scholars, March 22 and 23.
Under the broad theme, “Destination 2020: Will Justice and Peace Embrace? – Justice and Provision of Global Social Goods in an Era of Crises, Needs and Increasing Scarcities,” international development scholars and practitioners, Paul Mikov and Jonathan Papoulidis, will address critical issues of human rights and public policy.
Washington Adventist University (WAU) Black Student Union Gospel Choir is the latest group to travel overseas on a mission to promote the University and expose others to its special mission as a faith-based institution.
The group of 24 students and three sponsors travelled to the West Indies from January 7 to 14 at the invitation the East Caribbean Conference Youth Ministries Director, Dayle Haynes.
Washington Adventist University is in the midst of a redesign and renovation project that will see the student body with an attractive new recreational and general use space, capable of seating more than 350 students. The project is expected to be completed early in the spring.
“This is yet another project that is being completed under our Campus Master Plan,” said President Weymouth Spence, Ed.D. “We are serious about transforming this campus into a comfortable and modern facility that is so important to our student’s sense of well being and their motivation to be excellent at everything that they do.”
The Department of Student Life has launched a new counseling program, designed to help the community address a range of issues that can impact students wellness and performance. The program will be managed by new campus counselor, Mrs. Jahmela Williams.
Williams, a licensed clinical counselor, received her undergraduate degree from Oakwood University and a Master of education in counseling from Bowie State University. She earned a second Masters in special education from Northcentral University. She has worked with youth in a variety of settings for more than 10 years.