Career Fair Set for February 26 at Washington Adventist University

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Takoma Park, MD (February 11, 2015) Washington Adventist University (WAU) is hosting a Career and Internship Fair on Thursday, February 26, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The event is open to students seeking jobs and internships, as well as to individuals in the community.  The fair will be held on campus in Wilkinson Hall, 7600 Flower Avenue, in Takoma Park, Maryland.

The Career Fair matches job seekers with employers who have job vacancies and are looking to hire, and it is currently the only such event in Takoma Park.  Employers at the upcoming fair will include First Investors, Insouciance Abroad, Howard University Hospital, SECU, Sheraton Silver Spring, Washington Adventist Hospital, and more.  Job openings in the health care, hospitality, banking and insurance fields will be included. 

“Last year’s Career Fair was a successful event with more than 30 businesses and 224 job seekers participating,” said Professor Kim Pichot, chair of the WAU Business Department and one of the organizers of the event. “That event resulted in five internships and three jobs offered before the end of the day, and we hope to do even better this year.”

Employers interested in participating in the fair should contact Fitzroy Thomas at 301-891-4115 or email careerfair@wau.edu.

Washington Adventist University is located near the intersection of Flower and Carroll Avenues, about 1.5 miles from the Takoma Metro.  There is both a bus stop and a BikeShare station in front of Wilkinson Hall, and free parking is located both in front of the building and behind it (off Greenwood Avenue). 

Click here to download the Employer Regsitration Form

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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 1,080 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

Dean of Graduate School Presents Research on Caribbean Vacation Resort Practices that Mediate Ideas about Race

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Takoma Park, MD (February 10, 2015)  The means through which an all-inclusive Caribbean vacation resort chain mediates ideas about race was the subject of research by Nicole Currier, dean of Washington Adventist University’s School of Graduate and Professional Studies, who presented at a fall conference of the Mid-Atlantic Popular Culture and American Culture Association in Baltimore, Maryland.

Currier participated in a travel/tourism panel at the conference and presented her paper, “Like a State Within a State.”  In it, she describes how an all-inclusive resort chain in the Caribbean preempts spontaneous contact between tourists and locals.  Guests at the resort often spend their entire vacations in the safety of the property, without ever seeing the rest of the island.  In the absence of spontaneous contact between tourists and locals, the resort plays a central role in mediating ideas about the islanders to guests.

In her study, Currier analyzes promotional literature that draws upon the rhetoric of the colonial-era  plantations, along with resort architecture and furniture that visually evokes plantation life.  She argues that references to the colonial-era plantation allow tourists to fantasize their own escape from disenfranchisement by highlighting the servility of others. 

Not only does Currier explore how the resort chain constructs a plantation fantasy for the benefit of first-world tourists, but she also points out that it simultaneously allows them to disavow their own role in perpetuating racial/national hierarchies and power relations by offering them the possibility of participating in what is framed as socially responsible tourism.

Currier’s work raises questions about the connection between tourism and the formation of racial ideologies, suggesting a need for dialogue between the fields of critical tourism studies and race/ethnic studies.  She plans to continue to research how tourists’ encounters shape their racial ideologies long after they return home.

Currier has been on the staff of Washington Adventist University since 2011.  She earned her master’s degree in American Studies from University of Massachusetts, Boston in 2002, and her bachelor’s degree in history from Atlantic Union College in 1997.  Since 2013, she has been working on a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Maryland, College Park.

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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 1,080 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 Offers Substance Abuse Seminar This Summer, June 11-12

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Takoma Park, MD (February 3, 2015) Washington Adventist University’s Psychology Department is offering a new Substance Abuse Seminar on campus this summer that will focus on the latest information regarding awareness, prevention and treatment. The seminar is approved by the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists for Category A, and participants will earn up to eight continuing education credits.

“These two-hour sessions offer counseling professionals a convenient and easy way to update their knowledge and skills regarding substance abuse issues,” said Grant Leitma, Ph.D., chair of the Psychology Department. “The seminar also offers valuable information to students and others who are interested in learning more about the issue of substance abuse, which is a significant problem in our country today.”

The seminar includes four sessions conducted over a two-day period, June 11-12.  The sessions will be held on campus in Wilkinson Hall, Room 406, 7600 Flower Avenue, Takoma Park, MD 20912. The building is located adjacent to a bus stop and Bikeshare Station and is only 1.5 miles from the Takoma Metro. Free parking is available both in front and in back of the building (off Greenwood Avenue).

Each of the two-hour sessions is $25, and individuals who register for all four sessions will receive a discounted rate of $80. The seminar consists of:

Session 1 - Alcohol and Drug Dependency, Thursday, June 11, 1-3 p.m.  (2 CEU-$25.00)
This presentation will emphasize solution-focused therapy as a way to effectively deal with substance abuse. Concepts for alcohol and drug dependency are addressed within the context of cultural awareness and personal addictions. Clinical examples, lessons learned and clear explanations are given throughout the presentation.

Session 2 – Psychopharmacology, Thursday, June 11, 3:15 - 5:15 p.m. (2 CEU-$25.00)
“Will I get addicted to this SSRI?”  “Why are the substances of abuse addicting?”  “Can I be addicted to caffeine?”  Using language and examples that both you and your clients can understand, this seminar will answer these questions and more, while exploring how the brain and body work in relation to several common substances of abuse and psychotropics. The session will also cover how you can help your client to use their brain and body chemistry in their recovery.

Session 3 - Addiction Counseling, Friday, June 12, 8-10 a.m. (2 CEU-$25.00)
This presentation covers the clinical, theoretical, and research work about addiction counseling. In addition, the presentation is designed to give the clinician guidance needed to choose appropriate techniques and best practices for treating addicted individuals.

Session 4 - Psychotherapy for Drug/Alcohol Disorders
Friday, June 12, 10:15-12:15 p.m. (2 CEU-$25.00)
This presentation will cover the diagnosis of substance use disorders (based on DSM & ICD criteria). The application of one or more models for substance abuse disorders and the treatment of mental disorders co-occurring with substance use disorders will be emphasized.

Seats are limited, and anyone interested in attending is encouraged to register soon. Identify which sessions you are registering to attend, and send a check for the total amount ($25 per session or $80 for all four), payable to Washington Adventist University c/o Department of Psychology to:  Dr. Grant Leitma, Chair, Psychology Department, Washington Adventist University, 7600 Flower Ave., Takoma Park, Maryland 20912.  For more information or if you have questions, email gleitma@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. A total of 1,080 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

High School and Transfer Students Invited to February 8 Spring Open House at Washington Adventist University

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Takoma Park, MD (February 3, 2015) Washington Adventist University’s Spring Open House will be held Sunday, February 8 from 1 to 3 p.m.  The campus is located at 7600 Flower Avenue in Takoma Park, and the Open House will start in the Morrison Hall Chapel (Building 9) on campus.

The Open House offers high school and transfer students the opportunity to meet the Washington Adventist University Admissions staff, see the campus and learn about the university’s 32 undergraduate academic programs. Information on financial aid opportunities, student organizations and campus tours will also be provided.

Students who bring their transcripts, test scores and a completed application can receive an admissions decision on the spot.

To save your seat at the Spring Open House, or for more information, call 301-891-4000 or email ddixon@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. A total of 1,080 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.

Record Donations to Washington Adventist University Support Enhanced Operations and Increased Scholarships

Takoma Park, MD (January 28, 2014) Washington Adventist University received record donations last month that will help fund two new buildings on campus, enhance the university’s operations and provide scholarships to students. The more than $357,000 that was donated to the university in December will support a new Health Professions, Science and Wellness building, a new annex to the music building, improvements in specific academic departments, and will provide student aid. The December donations were triple the amount contributed in the previous year, and nearly as much as total donations for the years 2011-2013.

“We are honored and blessed to have so many thoughtful and generous supporters, and appreciative of the opportunities these donations provide,” said WAU President Weymouth Spence, Ed.D., R.T. “We are now significantly closer to realizing our vision of becoming the premier private university in the mid-Atlantic region.”

Nearly 70 percent ($250,000) of the funds are targeted by the donors to support the new Health Professions, Science and Wellness Center, a $10.3 million renovation and addition to the existing Health Professions Building on campus that will house WAU’s health professions and science programs, as well as community programs to enhance wellness. Nearly 15 percent ($52,790) is targeted to scholarships for students; approximately nine percent ($33,360) supports academic departments and programs; and nearly six percent ($21,090) supports construction of a new music center annex that will provide much-needed performance space for the university’s world-class music students who regularly grace the stages of such notable venues as the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall.

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Individuals interested in further boosting contributions and advancing the university’s efforts are encouraged to email alumni@wau.edu or call 301-891-4151.  Online donations can also be made at www.wau.edu/alumni/give-to-wau

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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 1,080 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

Exclusive February 6 Showings of Old Fashioned Feature Work of Rik Swartzwelder, Washington Adventist University Alumnus of the Year

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Romance film to open nationwide on Valentine’s Weekend

Takoma Park, MD (January 27, 2015) Washington Adventist University has named Rik Swartzwelder as its “2015 Alumnus of the Year.” Swartzwelder has just written, produced, directed and acted in the romantic film Old Fashioned that will open nationwide on Valentine’s weekend. He will be recognized during the university’s Alumni Weekend, April 9-12

“We are very proud of Rik, who is extremely talented,” said Ellie Barker, director of Alumni Relations. “He has created a refreshing view of old fashioned values in contemporary times that is bringing a faith-based perspective to romance. He is an outstanding example of how WAU alumni are taking their service beyond the gateway.”

Old Fashioned takes place in a small Midwestern college town, where former frat boy Clay runs an antique shop. Swartzwelder makes his feature film acting debut as Clay, and Elizabeth Ann Roberts plays Amber, the woman he courts in this love story.

Swartzwelder grew up in rural Ohio. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Washington Adventist University (then known as Columbia Union College), and then earned an M.F.A. in Motion Picture Production from The Florida State University. He now lives in Los Angeles, Ca.

Previews of Swartzwelder’s new film will be offered in exclusive showings at the Majestic 20 in downtown Silver Spring on Friday, February 6. Show times include 1:15 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 7:15 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. The theater is located at 900 Ellsworth Drive, Silver Spring, MD 20910.  Tickets can be purchased in advance at http://www.oldfashionedmovie.com/theaters.

Washington Adventist University alumni who would like to meet Swartzwelder are encouraged to come to the Alumni Banquet, which will be held during Alumni Weekend.  For more information, email alumni@wau.edu, or call 301-891-4133

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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 1,080 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 Receives Million Dollar Gift for New Health Professions, Science and Wellness Center

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Takoma Park, MD (January 21, 2014) Plans for a new Washington Adventist University (WAU) Health Professions, Science and Wellness Center in Takoma Park, Md. were advanced recently when health care executive and board member  Bruce Boyer presented a $1 million check for the project at a meeting of the WAU Board of Trustees.

“This generous gift will go a long way toward making the vision for a new Health Professions, Science and Wellness Center a reality,” said WAU President Weymouth Spence, Ed.D., R.T.  “The center will offer exciting and endless possibilities for this university as we find new ways to enhance the education of our students in the health and science professions, promote healthy living, and improve community wellness.”

The center will be built as a $10.3 million renovation and addition to the existing Health Professions Building on campus. When completed, the 50,000-square-foot center will accommodate WAU’s health professions and science programs, as well as community programs to enhance wellness. It will provide opportunities for the university to partner with the city and county in offering healthy cooking and exercise classes, among other wellness activities.  The architect for the project is Hord, Coplan and Macht.

Boyer, who is president and chairman of Sloan Management, Inc. and Premier HealthCare, Inc., has a unique perspective on Washington Adventist University. He spent time on campus as a child in the 1950s when his parents attended the university, then known as Washington Missionary College; in the 1960s when he was a psychology major at the school, then known as Columbia Union College; and in the 1970s, when he joined the university’s board of trustees, then known as the Columbia Union College Board of Trustees.

In addition to Boyer’s recent gift, the new center is being funded through the university’s annual Visionaries Gala, along with support from the state of Maryland through a $4 million matching grant from the Governor’s Office. The grant application is being completed and funding approval is expected this year.

Individuals interested in contributing to the new facility are encouraged to email alumni@wau.edu or call 301-891-4151.  Online donations can be made at http://www.wau.edu/alumni/give-to-wau .

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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 1,080 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

Nursing Professor Bonnie Franckowiak to Present Research in March on Effect of Self-Efficacy on Treatment Outcomes of Methadone Program Patients

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Presentation Will Be in Seattle at the 17th Annual Conference of International Psychiatric Nurses

Takoma Park, MD (January 26, 2015) Professor Bonnie Franckowiak, who teaches graduate nursing courses in the Washington Adventist University (WAU) School of Graduate and Professional Studies, will present research on the treatment outcomes for addicts in a methadone program at the 17th Annual Conference of the International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses (ISPN) at the Grand Hyatt in Seattle, Wa., March 24-28.

Franckowiak’s presentation is on “The Effect of Self-Efficacy on Treatment Outcomes of Clients Enrolled in a Methadone Maintenance Program in Rural Maryland.”  Methadone is a synthetic opioid that is most commonly used to treat heroin and morphine addiction by keeping patients from experiencing the symptoms of withdrawal and reducing their physical cravings for the street drugs.

In addition, Franckowiak’s work will be featured in two upcoming poster presentations:

  1. Improving Self-Esteem Among Opiate-Addicted Patients on Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT),” which will be featured at the 2015 Conference of The American Association for the Treatment of Opiate Disorders (AATOD) at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta, Ga., from March 28 – April 1; and
  2. A Survey of Primary Care Nurse Practitioner’s Self-Efficacy Regarding Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT),” to be featured at the National Nurse Practitioner Symposium (NNPS), Keystone Conference Center in Keystone, Co., from July 9-12.

 
Franckowiak was also recently published by the NASN School Nurse (National Association of School Nurses). Her article, “Performance-Enhancing Drugs and the High School Athlete,” appeared online on December 22, 2014 and is available at http://nas.sagepub.com.  The article will appear in print in February 2015.

A certified family nurse practitioner and certified addictions registered nurse-advanced practice, Franckowiak lives in Ellicott City, Md.  She earned her B.S.N. degree in 1975 from D’Youville College in Buffalo, New York; her M.S.N. degree in 1984 from Mississippi University for Women in Columbus, Mississippi; and her D.N.P. in 2014 from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.

For more information, call 301-891-4092 or apply at https://www.wau.edu/graduate-studies.

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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 1,080 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

This Year’s Washington Adventist University MLK Prayer Breakfast Focused on “Deepening our Faith in Difficult Times”

Honoring the life and accomplishments of Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Takoma Park, MD (January 19, 2015) Washington Adventist University (WAU) this morning held its annual prayer breakfast in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., Ph.D. The topic was “Deepening our Faith in Difficult Times,” and the event was attended by WAU faculty, staff and students on a day when the university is closed for the national holiday in honor of King.

Welcoming remarks were provided by Patrick Williams, Ph.D., associate provost and dean of WAU’s School of Arts and Social Sciences. The keynote speaker for the morning prayer breakfast was Charles A. Tapp, senior pastor at Sligo Seventh-day Adventist Church, who addressed the theme of “Deepening our Faith in Difficult Times.”  

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"For this university, which is proud to be considered a gateway to service, it is especially important to reflect on the accomplishments of a man who lived a life of service to others and changed the world for the better through peaceful means," said Adrienne Matthews, Interim Vice President of Student Life, who organized this year’s prayer breakfast. 

The event also featured Rev. Rawle King of the Congressional Research Service delivering “Reflections on the Past” and Timothy Nelson, director of the WAU Men’s Residence Life, leading a “Test Your Knowledge Of...” feature.  In addition, Evenn Gill, RN, 50+ Association, Metropolitan Seventh-Day Adventist Church, addressed “A Litany of Faith.”  Also included in the event were prayers for peace, justice and faith -- delivered by WAU faculty -- and musical selections performed by Jeffery Wilson, a sophomore biology major, and Wendell Phipps, a senior computer science major.  

Adjunct Professor of African American History Derrick Green provided reflections and delivered the benediction for the event, which was held on campus in the Wilkinson Hall Dining Room, 7600 Flower Ave., Takoma Park, Md. 20912.

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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 1,080 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