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

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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.

 

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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
Donna Bigler, 240-286-1169dbigler@wau.edu

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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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.

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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

April 9 Reception to Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of The School of Graduate and Professional Studies

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Takoma Park, MD (April 1, 2015) Takoma Park, MD (April 1, 2015) The 30th Anniversary of Washington Adventist University’s School of Graduate and Professional Studies will be celebrated on Thursday, April 9 at a reception on campus in the Student Activities Center, located next to the gymnasium. The event is part of the university’s alumni weekend activities scheduled for April 9-12.

 

The reception, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., will include a tribute to Gladstone Gurubatham, Ph.D., a life-long learner who founded the first adult evening program when the university was known as Columbia Union College. Gurubatham is one of the longest-serving faculty members at Washington Adventist University, and he continues to educate both graduate and undergraduate students at the university as a professor of psychology.

The reception will include celebrations of past, present and future. What began as an evening program for 35 working adults who were seeking undergraduate degrees grew over the years into the current School of Graduate and Professional Studies (SGPS), which enrolled a record number of graduate students this past fall. The SGPS offers 11 accelerated undergraduate degree programs and eight graduate degree programs (including two master’s programs that are fully online).

For more information about the anniversary reception or the SGPS, call 301-891-4092 or email ncurrier@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 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 to Honor Five Outstanding Alumni at Banquet on April 11

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Takoma Park, MD (April 2, 2015) Five outstanding Washington Adventist University (WAU) alumni -- including movie actor, producer, writer and director Rik Swartzwelder -- will be honored at the annual Alumni Awards Banquet on Saturday, April 11 at the Sheraton Silver Spring as part of the university’s Alumni Weekend activities.

Rik Swartzwelder will be honored as Alumnus of the Year. He is a writer-director-actor and also a producing partner at Skoche Films, LLC. His feature film, Old Fashioned, made its debut in time for the recent Valentine’s Day Weekend, promoting the concept of old fashioned romance. Swartzwelder has directed numerous award-winning short films and worked on several other projects as a writer and producer, participated in 145 film festivals worldwide and garnered over 50 major awards. Swartzwelder grew up in rural Ohio, earned his bachelor’s degree at Washington Adventist University in 1993 (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, California.

Berny Jacques will be honored as this year’s Young Alumnus of the Year. He moved to the U.S. from Haiti at the age of 7 and was raised in Naples, Florida. He received his bachelor’s degree in history and political studies from Washington Adventist University in 2009. During college, Jacques was a legislative intern to Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart, and on the WAU campus he served as president of the Student Association from 2008-2009, and a member of both the Track and Field and Mock Trial teams. Jacques received his law degree from Stetson University College of Law, and currently serves as an Assistant State’s Attorney in Pinellas County, Florida, where he is responsible for prosecuting felonies.

This year’s Zella Holbert Service Award will be presented to alumnus Tom Hughes. Hughes was raised in Newark, Delaware and graduated from the university (then known as Columbia Union College) in 1975. He received a bachelor’s degree in theology and psychology, and then went on to earn his master’s degree in religion from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan. He is a district pastor and motorcycle evangelist with the Ohio Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. He and his wife, Debbie, have an active music and media ministry, including the Bible Biker Online Radio Program, through which six people have been baptized.

Named as Honorary Alumnae of the Year is Joan Francis, who currently serves as the chair of the Department of History and Political Studies at Washington Adventist University. She is known for her challenging, creative, and rewarding classes, and she works tirelessly to enhance her teachings with the resources of the nation’s capital, exposing students to a wide variety of educational opportunities. In addition to her academic role on campus, Francis also serves as the sponsor of the Black Student Union, the 2016 graduating class, and various other programs on the university’s campus. She has a doctorate in history from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and a master’s degree from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan.

Named as Honorary Alumnus of the Year is Takoma Park Mayor Bruce Williams who has served in elected office in Takoma Park since 1993. He was a Councilmember from 1993-2007, and has been Mayor since 2007. He has had an active leadership role in many local, regional and state organizations, and served on the Chesapeake Executive Council’s Local Government Advisory Committee on the Chesapeake Bay in 2009, and the Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission in 2013. Mayor Williams has been active with the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG) for more than twenty years and was recognized by the organization as an outstanding public servant in the Washington metropolitan region, receiving the Elizabeth and David Scull Metropolitan Public Service Award in 2004. He has also been active in the Maryland Municipal League and the Maryland Mayors Association, serving both organizations as president.

In addition to the awards banquet, Alumni Weekend will feature on Thursday, April 9 a 30th Reunion of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies at 7 p.m.; and a Kick-off Social at 7:30 p.m. On Friday, April 10, a Cherry Blossom Tour will be conducted from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; a President’s Reception at 5 p.m., and a Reflections Concert at 7 p.m. A naming ceremony for the music rehearsal hall in honor of the university’s Music Department chair, James Bingham, Ph.D., will be held at 8:30 p.m., followed by Singspiration Vespers at 8:45 p.m. On Saturday, April 11, academic department open houses will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. prior to the awards banquet.

The 5K Run/Walk on Sunday, April 12 will start at 10 a.m., the Honors Program 10th Anniversary Reunion Brunch will also start at 10 a.m., and the annual Family Fun Festival will take place outdoors from noon to 5 p.m., offering fun activities or the whole family. The Acro-Airs Home Show will cap the weekend of festivities, starting at 7 p.m.

For more information about the awards banquet or Alumni Weekend activities, contact Alumni Relations Director Ellie Barker at ebarker@wau.edu or 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. 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