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.

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Angie Crews, 301-891-4134, acrews@wau.edu
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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 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

Father Michael Lapsley Will Be the Honored Speaker at Washington Adventist University’s Convocation on March 4

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Takoma Park, MD (March 3, 2015) South African Anglican priest and social justice activist Father Alan Michael Lapsley, best known as “Father Michael,” will be the honored speaker at Washington Adventist University’s weekly convocation on Wednesday, March 4 at 11 a.m. Open to the public, the convocation will take place at Sligo Seventh-day Adventist Church, located at 7700 Carroll Avenue in Takoma Park, Maryland.  

Father Michael will also be honored on Saturday, March 7 at 6 p.m. at the Living Legends Awards, hosted by the Human Symphony Foundation at the University of Maryland’s Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.  

Born in New Zealand, Lapsley was ordained into the priesthood in Australia, where he joined the religious order of the Society of the Sacred Mission. In 1973, Lapsley travelled to Durban, South Africa where as an undergraduate student, he became chaplain to students at both black and white universities during the height of the apartheid repression.

When Lapsley began to speak out on behalf of schoolchildren who were shot, detained and tortured, he was expelled from the country. He went to live in Lesotho and continued his studies there, while supporting the liberation struggle. 

Lapsley is a graduate of the Australian College of Theology, the National University of Lesotho and the University of Zimbabwe. He was the subject of Priest and Partisan: a South African Journey, written by fellow South African priest and theologian Michael Worsnip, with a foreword by Nelson Mandela.

In September 2006, on the fifth anniversary of the 9/11 attack on America, Lapsley joined more than 30 terror victims from around the world -- including families of those killed in the September 11 attacks -- to create the International Network for Peace to promote effective and nonviolent solutions to terrorism.

Lapsley is the author of Redeeming the Past: My Journey from Freedom Fighter to Healer with Stephen Karakashian, which includes a foreword by Archbishop Desmond Mpilo Tutu. The book details Lapsley’s struggle against apartheid in South Africa, and how a letter bomb nearly killed him, taking both hands and one of his eyes. With an entire nation in need of healing, Lapsley discovered that his own experience with trauma could help promote the healing of others.

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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

School of Graduate and Professional Studies Starts 2nd Session of Spring Semester March 8-12

Degree Programs Accommodate Working Adults

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Takoma Park, Md. (February 26, 2014) March 8 marks the start of the second session of spring courses offered by Washington Adventist University’s School of Graduate and Professional Studies (SGPS). For the past 30 years, the evening program has accommodated the needs of working adults, offering accelerated classes and flexible schedules. The SGPS offers 11 undergraduate programs and eight master’s programs (two fully online).

Anyone interested in earning a new degree or completing one that is still unfinished should call the SGPS office staff at 301-891-4092 for assistance in finding the program and schedule that best suits their needs.

The SGPS office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday; and 8:30 a.m. to noon on Friday. During those hours, SGPS advisors will be on hand to answer questions and help with class registrations. New classes start the week of March 8-12. 

The university campus is located in suburban Takoma Park, Maryland, near the intersection of Carroll and Flower avenues with convenient, free parking and easy access to bus stops and a Capital Bikeshare station on campus. The Takoma Metro station is 1.5 miles away.

For more information, go to http://www.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

Mock Trial Team Participates For Second Year in American Mock Trial Association Competition

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Takoma Park, MD (February 24, 2015) The Mock Trial Team at Washington Adventist University (WAU) competed for the second year in a row at an American Mock Trial Association (AMTA) competition. The team competed over the weekend in the Baltimore Regional Competition at the University of Maryland School of Law. The competition included teams from Howard, Princeton, Towson, Mount St. Mary’s, Georgetown, Johns Hopkins, Rutgers, William & Mary, Swarthmore and Bucknell universities.

“The Mock Trial Competitions offer wonderful opportunities for our students to gain relevant experience in the field of law,” said Joan Francis, D.A., chair of the History and Political Studies Department at Washington Adventist University. “We work hard to challenge and educate our students beyond the classroom so that when they graduate, they are better prepared to pursue their goals.” 

Washington Adventist University is the first and only Adventist institution of higher education to participate in the AMTA’s Mock Trial Competition.  Last year, the WAU team competed for the first time, taking part in the Richmond Regional Competition after being granted a Sabbath exemption. That exemption enabled the team (many of the members are Adventist) to compete at times that did not conflict with their Sabbath. The team competed in Round 1 on Friday afternoon at 12 noon; Round 2 on Saturday evening at 6:30 p.m.; Round 3 on Sunday at 9:30 a.m.; and Round 4 on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. The closing ceremony was held on Sunday at 6:00 pm. 

In this year’s competition, John Hofilena served as team captain. He is a senior who is majoring in political studies and minoring in marketing, and he represented a lawyer in the competition. Other team members include: Zjayah Baker, a sophomore political studies major who represented a lawyer; Arlindo Dos Santos, a senior political studies major (prelaw emphasis) who represented a lawyer; Eloney Perry-Ryan, a first-year political studies major (prelaw emphasis) who represented a lawyer; Shavonne Cadette, a junior political studies major who represented a witness; Jacky Jeanty, a senior theology major (prelaw emphasis) who represented a witness; Candice Green, a junior English major (prelaw emphasis) who represented a witness; and Lillian Wanjiku, a junior history major (prelaw emphasis) who also represented a witness. Melayna Brown, a junior political studies major served as the Time Keeper during the competition. Attorney coaches for the team are Petra Aaron and Joseph Caleb.

Teams in the competition are rewarded for witnesses and lawyers, as well as for overall teams. WAU received an award for Witness for the Plaintiff, Candice Green. 

Four team members participated in both years’ competitions. They include Hofilena, Cadette, Wanjiku and Brown. Students are invited to join the Mock Trial team, based on their participation in the class PLST 275, American Judicial System.

For more information about the Mock Trial Team, email jfrancis@wau.edu or call 301-576-0110.

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

Scholarship Opportunities are Available to African American and Low Income Graduate Nursing Students

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Takoma Park, MD (February 20, 2015) African American and low-income students who are interested in earning a master’s degree in nursing at Washington Adventist University are eligible for scholarship funding to help pay for their education. The University is a recipient of U.S. Department of Education grant funding, which includes student scholarship funds to help African American and low-income (non-African American) students gain access to nursing education.

“These scholarships can be life-changing for the individuals who are eligible,” said Karen Benn Marshall, Ed.D., who is Dean of the School of Health Professions, Science and Wellness. “I encourage those who are interested in a graduate nursing degree to apply and take advantage of this support.”

Students eligible for the scholarship funding must: (1) be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States; (2) be African American or provide income documentation that they are low income (non-African American); (3) apply and gain acceptance to the graduate nursing program at Washington Adventist University; (4) complete a student application form for the funding online at https://www.wau.edu/images/Nursing_Dpt/Student%20Application%20for%20Grant%20for%20graduate%20nursing%20program.pdf; and (5) submit a 500-word, typed essay (see details on the application form) that covers the applicant’s reasons for seeking funding, along with examples of their contributions to the African American or low-income community.

Once their application is submitted, students will be notified of the amount that will be awarded to them. In order to maintain their funding eligibility, they must maintain all other nursing program requirements.

New evening classes start the week of March 8, and there’s still time to apply. For more information or to apply online, go to https://www.wau.edu/academics/school-of-graduate-and-professional-studies) or call 301-891-4092 on weekdays:  Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; and Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon. The University’s School of Graduate and Professional Studies offers accelerated degree programs with flexible schedules to meet the needs of working adults.

Washington Adventist University has been educating students on its 19-acre campus in Takoma Park for 110 years. The campus is located adjacent to Washington Adventist Hospital and is Metro-accessible -- located 1.5 miles from the Takoma Station, with a bus stop and Bikeshare station on campus. Students can also park for free in lots located in front of and behind the academic buildings, located along Flower Avenue near the intersection with Carroll 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. 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

Public Art Exhibition, Lecture and Presentation Mark 10th Anniversary of WAU Honors Program

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Takoma Park, MD (February 23, 2015) In recognition of its 10th anniversary, Washington Adventist University's Honors Program is hosting a variety of events, including an art exhibition, lecture and presentation, that are open to the public. The spring anniversary events begin on Wednesday, February 25 and continue through April 8. An ongoing exhibition, "1844: Millerism and the Legacy of the Great Disappointment" will continue through March 15 in the Weis Library reading room on campus.

February 25 Lecture

The first event, on February 25, is a lecture by New York writer, historian, professor, and practicing attorney Warren Shaw, "Drop Me Off Uptown: The Harlem Renaissance 1919-1935." The lecture will be held at 7 p.m. in the Richards Hall Chapel on campus. Richards Hall is located on Flower Avenue, near the intersection with Carroll Avenue. Parking is available both in front of and behind the building.

March 4 Exhibition

On March 4 at 7 p.m., there will be an opening reception for the exhibition, "Morris Cox: Paintings and Color Prints 1936-1956." The exhibition runs through April 22 in the English Department offices, located in Wilkinson Hall, 7600 Flower Avenue, Takoma Park, Md. 20912. This is the first exhibition in the United States to feature early paintings and linocuts by the London-based surrealist artist, writer and private printer, Morris Cox (1903-1998). He is best known for books he produced through the Gogmagog Press. Surrealist techniques in Cox's work will be addressed along with his contributions to the medium of color linocut printing during the modernist period in Britain. Visitors who want to see the exhibit on dates and times other than the opening reception are advised to call 301-891-4065 or email english@wau.edu to ensure that the offices will be open.

April 8 Presentation

A presentation by the developers of the Maryland Biodiversity Project will be held on April 8 at 7 p.m. in the Richards Hall Chapel. The Maryland Biodiversity project is an innovative website that uses crowd-sourced and other material to document the flora and fauna in the State of Maryland. There are currently more than 7,300 species documented on the site. Project founders Jim Brighton and Bill Hubbick will discuss the project and demonstrate ways that the site can be used for research, education and personal enlightenment.

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In addition to these events, there will be a reunion of Honors Program alumni from the past ten years at an Honors Alumni Weekend Brunch on Sunday, April 12 at 10 a.m. as part of the university's annual Alumni Weekend, which is April 9-12 this year.

On May 1 at 5 p.m., the Honors Senior Dedication will be held in the Sligo Seventh-day Adventist Church Atrium, 7700 Carroll Avenue, Takoma Park, Md. 20912. This annual event recognizes graduating seniors, and is part of the university's commencement weekend. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome to attend.

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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 Offers Biblical Counseling Course in July

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Takoma Park, MD (February 12, 2015) Washington Adventist University’s School of Graduate and Professional Studies is offering a two-day course in Biblical Counseling for church pastors, counselors and anyone who provides professional or spiritual advice to others. The course will be taught on campus from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 12 and Sunday, July 26 by a Christian counselor who has extensive professional experience.

The one-credit course is open to both ordained and non-ordained church leaders and counselors, as well as to nurses and other medical professionals who are sometimes called upon by people of faith for emotional support.

The course will provide a simple, yet in-depth Biblical approach to helping others overcome complex personal challenges. It will offer practical strategies that can be used immediately, and will also provide a firm foundation for those wishing to study Biblical counseling issues more extensively. The cost for the course is $595 for graduate students and $445 for undergraduate students.

The Biblical Counseling course will be held in Room 404 in Wilkinson Hall, 7600 Flower Avenue, in Takoma Park, Maryland. 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).

Seats are limited, and anyone interested in participating is encouraged to register early.  For more information, call 301-891-4092 or email vrbattle@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