the magazine of Southern Adventist University
Students make service part
of Southern's culture | page 6
Report I page 32
istance Learning | 22 Wakeskating Witness | 31 The Prodigal Fathe
fected by the April 27 tornado in Apison,
Tennessee. To demonstrate Southern's
heart for helping, this year's "We Serve
- Freshman Community Service Day"
had a large storm cleanup component.
Matthew Harris and 668 other freshmen
spread out across the area, with almost
a third of them assisting tornado victims
specifically. "Truthfully, I didn't want to
work," Matthew admits. "I was throwing
a little tantrum in my mind until I felt God
tell me, 'Relax Matt, be you.' It was a
6 | Serving It Up
Students raise funds and volunteer time to touch
lives locally and across the world.
10 | Distance Learning
Student groups travel overseas for some hands-on
instruction during summer study tours.
Business professor's research affirms the ability of God's
Word to alter personality. Departments across campus
keep pace with research projects of their own.
32 Special Section: President's Report
The full report that President Gordon Bietz presented
to the Southern Union Conference constituency
meeting, held in Atlanta this September.
Cover Photo: A performer at Asian Night waits for the curtain to open. The evening helped
raise more than $7,500 for the victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
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Editor's note: Much of the Schilling family's home was destroyed by the tornado
that swept through Apison, Tennessee, on April 27. Once the storm passed,
David Schilling, junior sports studies major, helped neighbors escape from cars
and damaged houses. Later that week he wrote this account of his experience.
David's father, Bruce, is a professor in the Chemistry Department at Southern.
I woke up Thursday morning and started taking
pictures of the house and the devastation. I took
pictures of the other houses in our area and
went up to Clonts [Road] to figure out what
happened to everyone. That's when I heard
confirmation of those people we couldn't find
being dead. The people on the other side of our
property were also dead. Later that day people
from Southern showed up— teachers, students,
and others— to cut the trees away from our
driveway so we could get out.
As it stands we are staying at Southern
Village apartments [on the university campus]
and have two rental cars from Southern. We
have been getting food and stuff from a ton of
people who God has sent our way. Through this
whole experience God has blessed us im-
mensely. We haven't been able to do much with
the house since we haven't had the insurance
people out yet, since they have thousands of
houses to go. With God's help and the commu-
nity around us for support, we will and have
started the long road to recovery.
»David Schilling, junior
sports studies major
You guys! This verse just rocked my world!!!
Ezekial 1 8:25!! "Yet you say, The way of the
Lord is not fair.' Hear now, O house of Israel, is
it not My way which is fair, and your ways which
are not fair?"
»Hillary Prandl, senior
mass communications major
35 Life Groups! So far, soooo goood!
Life Groups are small student groups that meet for prayer
and Bible study.
Kristine Barker, '11, center, and Tanya Musgrave, senior,
accept Best of Fest award for their entry, "Blue" at the 201 1
SONscreen Film Festival. Photo by Gerry Chudleigh.
A leaky pipe caused the Dining Hall to be invaded by a small
army of green fans over the summer.
Southern Adventist University graduates listen as names are
called in the Spring 201 1 Commencement ceremony.
New CD now on
My favorite part of Strawberry
Fest? Friends and cheesecake.
In that order.
»Ashley Wagner, senior
mass communication major
Love smelling @LittleDebbie's while
walking to class @SouthernNews in
the morning! Yum!
»Becca Anderson, sophomore
public relations major
I u _ Get to know Collegedale Seventh-day
Adventist Church's new senior pastor and
his wife on the church website. Dave Smith
comes to us from his position as president
of Union College. He and his wife, Cherie,
area. The two lived in town for 1 7 years while
Dave chaired and taught in the English Depart
ment at Southern and Cherie worked variously
in Student Finance, Alumni Relations, and as c
assistant for three academic deans. Recently,
they've felt a calling to come back to the area
and are looking forward to serving the Colleg-
So very happy, I received my
acceptance letter to Southern
Adventist University today. Watch out
Collegedale, I'm coming back!!!
»Katie Pettit, future student
About 40 families hit by tornados have
stayed in emergency accommodation
at Southern Adventist University.
What I learned from Strawberry Fest:
We all have a story. We need to learn
how to share our story, the story of
freshman theology major
Southern's faculty and students
share their thoughts about and
experiences with prayer in Prayer:
The Power to Change Lives.
See the video at southern.edu/columns.
More than 5,000 attendees
of Southern's 201 1 Spring
Commencement ceremony sing
"Happy Birthday" to President
See the video at southern.edu/columns.
Curling up in bed and falling asleep
to the sun rising and birds chirping.
senior public relations major
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SERVING IT I |p
Students Touch Lives Near and Far \J I
By Kelli Gauthier, '06
"For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat,
I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a
stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you
clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in
orison and vou came to visit me."
Then the righteous will answer him, "Lord, when did
we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you
something to drink? When did we see you a stranger anc
invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When
did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?"
The King will reply, "Truly I tell you, whatever you did
for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine,
you did for me."
— Matthew 25:35-40, NIV
At Southern, community service is more than a reason to skip a day of classes in January; it's a way of
living. Whether students are planting churches, tutoring kids in inner-city schools, or working as volunteers
across the world from Uganda to the Philippines, many of them take time out of their busy lives to give back
and help others.
More than 500 participated this year in Community Service Day, 70 served as student missionaries across
the world, and hundreds gave up weekend hours to participate in one of the campus ministries.
A vital part of the campus culture, service is even written into the university's mission statement: "Southern
Adventist University as a learning community nurtures Christ-likeness and encourages the pursuit of truth,
wholeness, and a life of service." And it's a mission that students across campus have taken to heart.
Leroy Abrahams doesn't usually cry.
But once the videos started play-
ing, it was tough for the junior biology
major to keep from getting emotional.
Hunched over his roommate's com-
puter, he first saw YouTube clips of the
aftermath of Japan's deadly 9.0 magni-
tude earthquake and the devastating
tsunami that followed.
"Seeing people screaming and jump-
ing in their cars to get away — these are
people who live like we do in the U.S.,
in such a
the 21 -year-
old says. "It
The images stayed with Leroy for
days, but it took a Sunday morning
phone conversation with his mom sev-
eral days later for the details of a plan to
start coming together.
"It sort of dawned on me, Tm the
community service director [for the
Student Association] , and I have extra
money in my budget. I could use my
position to organize students to do
something about it.'"
That Friday was Asian Club vespers,
and Asian Night was just around the
corner; why not raise money for disaster
relief at those two events?
"This has given students a chance to
see that they can have an impact. . .
We're getting trained to shine our
light to people around the world."
He talked to Asian Club President
Keri Mau, and it turned out she'd been
thinking the same thing.
The two sprung into action, launch-
ing a campaign titled "Ganbare Nip-
pon," which is Japanese for "Don't Give
After hearing testimonies from some
of Southern's Japanese students and
watching a documentary by Kristine
Barker, senior film production major,
students donated $1,100 during a love
offering at Asian vespers.
"When we showed
the documentary at
vespers, some of the
responses were over-
whelming; some people
donated all of the
money in their wal-
lets," Keri says. "The
Lord really blessed."
The next evening a donation box at
Asian Night brought in an additional
Through the end of the school year,
student leaders like Leroy and Keri put
a donation box in the student center
and sold red and white "Don't Give
Up, Japan" wristbands and T-shirts.
They also visited local churches,
encouraging the congregations to
support the project.
By the end of the school year,
students had raised $7,500. All
of the money will be turned
over to the Asia-Pacific Division of
the Seventh-day Adventist Church for
Throughout the project, there were
countless inspiring stories of people who
felt called to give, Leroy says. Junior
nursing major Rhina Urdaneta prayed
that God would help her find some
money to donate to the project, because
she had none of her own to give. The
next week, an older woman whom
Rhina had been driving around town to
run errands said she wanted to give the
student $100 for her help.
At first Rhina declined, but then
realized it was the answer to her prayer.
Students are finding their own ways
to serve, with the help of groups
like the Student Associa-
[as community service director] was
to make community service a lifestyle
among our student body . . . to make
community service more than just the
annual Community Service Day," Leroy
says. "This has given students a chance
to see that they can have an impact on
people's lives across the ocean. We're
getting trained to shine our light to
people around the world."
There are few Christians — let alone
Seventh-day Adventists — in Japan,
Keri says, so she hopes the students' ef-
forts will help people see Jesus' love.
"We want to be able to spread the
gospel through this disaster and give
them a little hope."
West Side 4 Jesus
Every Friday around 3 p.m., a group
of boys starts to gather in the grassy
common area outside the housing proj-
ects in Chattanooga's Westside.
There are about 1 1 middle schoolers
and high schoolers waiting for the van
full of Southern students they've come
to expect once a week.
Flag football is the main event on
Fridays, but the games are only part of
what has, in two years, become one of
the most attended ministries organized
by Southern students.
Junior nursing major Chett Clay-
ton says it was when he realized the
Westside boys were actually waiting on
the Southern students for the weekly
football game that he knew his ministry
had taken root.
"It was sort of shocking," he says.
"They're really disappointed if we don't
Senior pastoral care major Eliud
Sicard had been doing some Bible work
in the Westside area when he decided
it was time for Southern to reach out
to the community. There aren't many
churches within walking distance from
the projects, and many residents have
no transportation to leave the area,
he says. So along with several friends,
Eliud, Southern's outreach director for
Campus Ministries, began West Side 4
It's a multifaceted ministry: Friday
afternoons are for flag football, GED
tutoring, and health expos. On Sab-
bath, some students participate in the
Residents have told him that
violence and gang activity stops
when the students are there, so
the community feels safer when
the volunteers are around.
children's ministry, playing games with
the local kids; some go door-to-door,
praying with people and collecting
prayer requests; while others hold Bible
studies inside people's homes. Their
goal is to hold an evangelistic series in
the projects in September 2012.
The key to the West Side 4 Jesus
ministry is consistently building
Christian relationships, Eliud says.
He remembers one couple who was
expecting their first child and had to
move out of their house. Homeless,
they had nowhere to turn.
When the students heard about the
situation, they took up a collection
among themselves and raised enough
money to buy the couple a night's stay
in a hotel. Later, Eliud followed up with
them and got them connected with a
local homeless shelter.
"The look on their faces was so
priceless; that's something that will
touch them for eternity," he says. "The
gospel is that God loves you, but also
that Christ took care of people's needs
Chett and other students have been
surprised how open the Westside com-
munity is to having Southern students
visit. Residents have told him that
violence and gang activity stops when
the students are there, so the com-
munity feels safer when the volunteers
are around. Sometimes, before students
even begin talking, residents will grab
their hands and ask them to pray about
something that's going on in their lives.
"I feel God is coming very soon, and
the people in Westside are really open
to God," Chett says. "There really are a
lot of people down there searching for
God, but they don't know how to get
out of the situation they're in because
all of their friends are doing drugs or in
gangs. They want to know why we're
different and how they can get that."
From her perch on top of the horse,
the little girl didn't speak at all.
She was about 5 years old and
She may have been quiet, but Joshua
Walker, senior architectural drafting
major, was struck by the girl's hap-
piness as he led her horse slowly
around the ring.
"This little girl, for the entire
time, had this huge smile on
her face, and her mom said she
really enjoyed coming for the
exercise," Joshua says. "It was
kind of a blessing, and it was re-
ally cute to see how happy she
was. She didn't talk; she just
In his past two years at
Southern, Joshua has spent
hours cleaning stalls, feed-
ing horses, and leading
horses around the grounds
at Tri-State Therapeutic Riding
Center. What started out as a way to
fulfill a community service requirement
for a class turned into something he
often looked forward to.
"Volunteering is mandatory for
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"Volunteering is mandatory for
school, but after you do the volun-
teering, if you put your heart into it
at all, it's more of a blessing to you
than to those you're helping."
school, but after you do the volun-
teering, if you put your heart into
it at all, it's more of a blessing to
you than to those you're help-
ing," Joshua says.
tic Riding Center gives
children and adults with
mental, emotional, and
the chance to increase
their dexterity and to
exercise their trust in
animals and people.
Whether the staff is
leading a horse and
rider around the are-
na or helping more
children into an
enclosed saddle to
keep them upright,
they're always in
need of an extra
set of hands.
of this Cleve-
was in need
lege, I was
I started contacting the local schools,"
She wasn't disappointed. From the
minute the first two Southern volun-
teers stepped into the barn, Denise
knew the partnership was a good fit.
"The students at Southern are so
willing. They just gave a whole lot; they
have a heart for it."
Denise says she's on the lookout for
additional dedicated volunteers. Tri-
State Therapeutic Riding Center has
started a mentoring program for at-risk
teenagers, and all mentors must be over
the age of 18.
"We really rely on college students.
They tend to have such good attitudes,"
Christian Service Program
Melissa Tortal, '09, has always been
passionate about service. As a junior at
Southern, she was a natural at direct-
ing Community Service Day, where she
organized more than 700 students and
faculty members in volunteer projects
throughout the Chattanooga area.
"It's important for all students to re-
alize they can use their gifts, skills, and
careers in service," says Tortal. "God
hasn't just called pastors and teachers to
serve, but people of all professions."
Next, she took a year to serve as
a task force worker at Camp Kulaqua
in Florida. Returning to campus her
senior year, Tortal once again led the
Community Service Day event. After
graduating, Southern hired her for
the new position of service initiative
For the last year and a half, the uni-
versity has conducted a pilot initiative
to explore an official service-learning
program. Tortal has documented exist-
ing service projects, assessed community
needs, and established a system for
helping students find projects relevant
to their career paths. As a result, a
new Christian Service Program was
launched this fall, and a service com-
ponent was integrated into Southern's
The idea is to give students experi-
ences that will empower them to go
into their communities after they gradu-
ate, identify the specific needs, and use
the precise skills they have developed at
Southern to address those needs.
"The new program will help us be
"It's important for all students to
realize they can use their gifts,
skills, and careers in service,"
says Tortal. "God hasn't just called
pastors and teachers to serve, but
people of all professions."
sure that all students are involved in
service," says Bob Young, vice president
for academic administration. "I believe
it will be a blessing to the local commu-
nity, help our students grow in signifi-
cant areas, and raise general awareness
of the call to Christ's followers to serve
the needs of others."
Whether through short-term or
long-term mission work, community
service projects or fundraisers, Southern
provides opportunities for students to
give back to their communities, im-
prove their leadership skills, and catch
the inspiration for a lasting commit-
ment to service. ■
To see video clips of several service projects,
By Caitlin Foster, ' 1 1
After spring final exams have been completed and summer officially begins at Southern Adventist
University, many students pack up and head home until fall semester. Some, however, pack for an
entirely new and different destination. International study tours give students the opportunity to
learn more about their courses of study while expanding their worldviews.
Business in China
The opportunity offered by the School of Business and
Management to earn credit hours by traveling to a foreign
country sounded perfect for senior international business
major Haslel Toruno.
"I love to travel, so the summer study tour to China
seemed like the best of both worlds!" Toruno said.
The China trip was also appealing to senior social work
major Xenia Figueroa, who admits that at first, she didn't fully
anticipate the impact the journey would have on her experi-
ence at Southern.
"I'm so glad I went, because not only did I get to see an-
other country and its culture, but I got to experience how the
country does business," Figueroa said.
From May 8 to May 27, students kept a journal that they
turned in for credit at the end of the trip. The daily schedule
typically involved visiting a local business in the morning,
and then sightseeing in the afternoon. This created a balance
between learning about China's business practices and its
cultural heritage at places like the Hong Kong International
Trade and Stock Exchange and the Forbidden City.
Both Toruno and Figueroa believe the trip greatly contrib-
uted to their future careers by allowing them to directly observe
and speak with those already working in international business.
The experience made it easier to understand the diverse nature
of business between cultures in a way that would not have been
possible in a traditional classroom environment. Plus, as To-
runo observed, a study tour to China looks good on her resume!
Music in Poland
As the business students were learning commerce in China,
members of Southern's orchestra were displaying their musical
skills in Poland. For two weeks in early May, student musicians
performed at cathedrals, music conservatories, and Seventh-day
Adventist churches in Pszczyna, Warsaw, and Gdansk. Between
concerts, they were able to explore the cities and learn about
the country's history. The group also visited Wawel Castle in
Krakow, the salt mines, and the Auschwitz concentration camp.
Cathedral performances, with their grand architecture and
history, stood out for many Southern musicians. The stately
houses of worship provided excellent acoustics and a reminder
for students of their focus as musical witnesses for God.
In one cathedral, the orchestra held a benefit concert to
raise money for a child in the hospital with heart problems.
Their final concert, which took place in
a cathedral in Warsaw, was stirring for
junior nursing major Jeremy Pastor. As
the orchestra played inside, people were
drawn in from the street by the sound of
their music and "as soon as they stepped
inside, they became very reverent," Pas-
tor said. "It felt profound."
Social Work in Europe
Exposing students to different cul-
tures was the main goal of the School of
Social Work's European tour, according
to assistant professor Stanley Stevenson.
The trip was organized to be a cul-
tural immersion experience, in which
students would learn about European
societies by becoming part of them for
nearly a month.
By the end of the trip, students had
visited eight European countries. From
the crowded streets and Eiffel Tower of
Paris, to the pristine mountain air of
Switzerland, to the Bohemian atmo-
sphere of Amsterdam, the students had
a lot to absorb.
Some students found that they
could relate their observations directly
to what they are studying in school.
Junior nursing/pre-med major Alex
Bowen says that this was the case for
him and that "seeing the different types
of healthcare systems in Europe really
gave me a new perspective and broke
down any prejudices I had."
Learning about Europe by reading is
beneficial, but it simply does not have
the same impact as actually going there.
This, professor Stevenson feels, is what
makes this trip a very important part of
"There's something very tangible
and visceral about actually touching
and standing in a place you've studied
in history class that you can't get by
watching a video or reading a book,"
Archaeology in Israel
Students traveled to Israel to help
excavate the biblical city of Khirbet
Qeiyafa, which existed during the reign
of King David and is believed to be a
fortress. The large majority of artifacts
found were pieces of pottery, but the
most significant and exciting find was
the olive press, which is the earliest
Hellenistic press found in the city. A
libation vessel, one of only a few in the
world, was also found, giving evidence
of the mixing of religions and cult prac-
tices taking place there at some point.
During the trip students gained con-
fidence not only in their archaeological
skills, but also in their faith. Through
their efforts at the dig site and firsthand
observations during weekend tours
around Israel and Jordan, the Bible
stories they had been told since child-
hood became more real to them. Junior
theology and near east/classical studies
archaeology major Ethan White hopes
to use what he learned about archaeol-
ogy in Israel in an evangelistic series,
and he recommends the archaeology
trip to everyone.
"The impact on your spiritual walk
is amazing; the experience of touring Je-
rusalem and seeing where Jesus walked
and the places mentioned in the Bible
added detail and personalized the Bible
for me," White said.
Junior theology and near east/clas-
sical studies archaeology major Cherie
Lynn Milliron also feels that her spiri-
tual life has improved as a direct result
of the trip.
"I came back with a sense of ur-
gency that the Bible is real," she said.
"[As a child] I learned the names of
Biblical places in church, and it's more
abstract. But after actually being there
and experiencing them, I speak with a
vivaciousness that I never would have
Although these trips cost extra
money, most students found it a wise
investment and are grateful for the
chance to learn in a new, exciting way.
"You can't put a price on the kind
of experience you get on these trips,"
Figueroa said. "Going on one really
opened my eyes to the things Southern
has to offer and helped show me more
about what I can do with my career."
The observations of these students
and others show that not all summer
school deserves a bad reputation. Some-
times it means a chance to meet new
people and explore new places. What
more could you want from a summer
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By Angela Baerg, '06
PROFESSOR'S STUDY AFFIRMS THE ABILITY OF GOD'S WORD TO ALTER PERSONALITY
Despite growing up an Adventist, Robert Montague, Ph.D., professor in the School
of Business and Management, didn't take his faith seriously until one day in college
when a visiting speaker challenged him to read the Bible on a regular basis.
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hen I did that, all of a sud-
den I realized God's word was
powerful," says Montague.
"From then on, my life changed for the
better. My grades in school shot up, my
relationships changed, and my future
became bright with hope."
Montague's experience inspired him
to conduct a study to find out if the av-
erage person's personality and life habits
are altered for the better when he or
she engages in consistent Bible reading.
He looked in particular at how Bible
reading affected the "Big Five" person-
ality traits as defined in psychological
literature: openness, conscientious-
ness, extraversion, agreeableness, and
neuroticism. For example, would people
who were more intimately connected
with God be less "neurotic" because
they were more able to cast their bur-
dens on Him?
Since it is impossible to quantify
inward spirituality as a result of Bible
reading, Montague decided to explore
the correlation between personality and
something that could be more objec-
tively measured: biblical knowledge. In
August 2010, Montague made prepa-
rations to scientifically poll members
of eight randomly selected Protestant
churches of various denominations
across the United States to find out if
their experiences were like his.
Southern's School of Business and
Management sponsored the venture
out of interest in the study's potential
ability to be a witness to the academic
community. Graduate assistant Diana
Santos, studying toward a master's
degree in business administration, did a
lot of legwork on the project, personally
canvassing dozens of pastors to encour-
age them to participate in the research,
making hundreds of phone calls, and
spending hours entering survey results.
When asked why a business profes-
sor would conduct a study in the area of
religion, Montague asks why noil "I've
mixed religion in business all of my life,
first when I was a hospital administrator
and now that I'm a professor," he says.
"As a Christian, I believe the two are
MEASURING THE IMPACT OF BIBLE
READING ON PERSONALITY
Although a lot of research has
investigated areas of Christianity and
generic spirituality, not much has been
done specifically regarding the Bible
and personality. In Montague's study,
each participant filled out an 84-ques-
tion survey about his or her personal-
ity traits, lifestyle habits, and biblical
knowledge. On a scale from one to five,
church members rated how much they
agreed or disagreed with statements
such as "I am able to do things as well
as most other people" and "I see myself
as someone who gets nervous easily."
Other questions measured where the
person scored on a spectrum of Bible
knowledge. Questions ranged from
common knowledge such as "What was
Jesus' mother's name?" to more obscure
questions such as "What did Abigail do
after Nabal died?"
Most of the results are now in, and
although subsequent data could show
otherwise, so far the trends are encour-
aging: People who know more about the
Bible self-report lower on the neuroti-
cism scale, indicating they have fewer
negative emotions such as anxiety,
depression, and anger. They also self-
report having more hope for the future.
Montague hopes to publish the re-
sults of his study, highlighting the posi-
tive correlations between Bible reading
and personality. He also plans to do
follow-up studies on these same survey
participants and to start a new study to
test the modern validity of some of
Ellen White's counsels.
• Had 84 questions
• Polled 350 people, ar "" "
• Involved people from eight religious
groups: Baptists, United Brethren,
Lutherans, Wesleyans, Methodists,
Bethel Missionaries, Christians, and
Has 240 usable responses so far. (A
response is discarded if it is unclear
"I think for all of us it's important
to figure out if the strong claims the
Bible makes on our lives are true or
not," says Montague. "If they are, they
ought to influence our lives and be the
motivation for all we do. This research
is just one more small brick in the wall
of evidence for why we should take the
Bible seriously." ■
THE BIG FIVE
Everyone has differing degrees of the Big
Five traits in his or her personality.
1. Extraversion: Jh\s trait includes
characteristics such as excitability,
sociability, talkativeness, assertiveness,
and high amounts of expressiveness.
2. Agreeableness: This personality
dimension includes attributes such as
trust, altruism, kindness, affection, and
other pro-social behaviors.
3. Conscientiousness: Common fea-
tures of this dimension include high
levels of thoughtfulness, good impulse
control, and goal-directed behaviors.
Those high in conscientiousness tend
to be organized and mindful of details.
4. Neuroticism: Individuals high in this
trait tend to experience emotional
instability, anxiety, moodiness, sadness,
5. Openness:Jh\s trait features char-
acteristics such as imagination and
insight. Those high in this trait tend to
have a broad range of interests.
From : psyc hology. about. com
A COLLABORATIVE CAMPUS
Many professors at Southern not only teach classes but also do professional research as a
contribution to the academic community. Topics range from finding the most effective strategies
for treating health problems to the speciation of cricket communities (and everything in between).
Here are a few highlights of the many types of riveting research projects taking place.
LISA CLARK DILLER
In addition to teaching, Lisa Clark
Diller, Ph.D., is writing a book on
how religious tolerance developed in
England during the 1 7 th century. Many
people tend to assume that this just
materialized gradually, a natural fit for
the Protestants who dominated English
culture. What they don't realize is that
although Protestants sought toleration
for themselves, it took them quite a
while to extend that same courtesy to
Catholics. Religious tolerance did not
just happen; it was fiercely debated and
intentionally implemented by passion-
"We can't just assume that a liberal
democracy like the one we live in has
built-in protection for everyone," Diller
said. "Understanding the way religious
tolerance developed in the past helps
us recognize what that means for our
society today, especially for groups we
perceive as politically dangerous."
For the past three years, Keith Sny-
der, Ph.D., has participated in Gordon
Atkins' long-term study of cricket
speciation in the spring and fall field
crickets. They have found that calls
between the two species are sometimes
more similar than call variation within
each species and that there appears to
be a gradient change in cricket calls
from the north to the south for both
Snyder and Atkins are trying to
determine how quickly speciation can
take place. These results may have
ramifications for how fast one species
can split into two.
"We are interested in this from a sci-
entific view and from a religious view,"
Snyder said. "It is interesting to see how
quickly new species can develop after a
cataclysmic event like the Flood."
SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK
When Rene Drumm, Ph.D., and
her research team studied spouse abuse
within the Seventh-day Adventist
Church, they were sad to see that Ad-
ventist statistics were on par with other
U.S. study populations. Their research
showed that many victims had tried
to reach out to their churches but had
received no response and that even a
three-hour training can make a signifi-
cant difference in a church member's or
pastor's ability to respond to situations
Drumm hopes their study will make
a significant difference in the Adventist
church to help prevent spouse abuse.
"We are the only denomination pub-
lishing results of a study of this magni-
tude. We are world leaders in the inter-
section of religion and abuse response,"
Drumm said. "We have an opportunity
to set the standard of care for church
leadership in spouse abuse."
Lisa Clark Diller
SCHOOL OF NURSING
As well as being a professor, Holly
Gadd, Ph.D., is a family nurse prac-
titioner who works alongside nursing
students to assist patients in several
different settings, helping patients learn
to manage chronic health problems
such as diabetes, high blood pressure,
obesity, smoking problems, and abnor-
mal cholesterol levels. Data from her
work in these settings is used to track
which health challenges improve most
under direct care from an onsite nurse
practitioner, which ones require differ-
ent strategies to be successful, and what
those strategies might be.
"Ultimately, the goal of managing
these health problems is to reduce risk
of more severe health problems, to
maintain the highest quality of life for
each individual patient, and to reduce
healthcare expenditures over the long
run," Gadd said. "My goal is that my
research will help my patients live
healthier, happier lives."
SCHOOL OF JOURNALISM AND
After student Renee Baumgartner,
'08, saw some negative effects of Ameri-
can gift-giving to locals during short-
term mission trips, she began a study
with instructors Linda Crumley, Ph.D.
and Mindi Rahn, and many student
helpers. Their research has revealed
that these well- intended gifts often
have unexpected consequences such as
having people fight over presents, locals
developing an attitude of entitlement,
or motivating people to become beggars
because it is so lucrative.
"With more than 100,000 Ameri-
cans participating in short-term mission
trips each year, it is a potentially vola-
tile situation," Crumley said. "Certainly
it is off- target from Christ's command of
Crumley and Baumgartner hope
their research can result in better train-
ing for good-intentioned missionaries
who need direction in selecting gifts
that will truly benefit the communities
to which they are ministering.
PHYSICS AND ENGINEERING
When Ken Caviness, Ph.D., is not
teaching physics to his students, he
spends his time researching to better
understand it himself. Caviness is cur-
rently studying causal networks generat-
ed from sequential substitution systems.
Causal networks are rules of cause
and effect. In Caviness' research, substi-
tutions are sequentially made into these
networks using a computer program,
and the trends generated by the results
are studied. These causal networks can
be set up so that they reproduce some
of the relationships observed in physics,
contributing to the search for a set of
rules that could potentially explain all
physical relationships and reactions.
"Through this project, we hope not
only to gain a better understanding of
causal networks and sequential substitu-
tion systems but ultimately increased in-
sight into the fundamental mechanisms
of the universe," Caviness said. ■
Fall 2011 " 15
Professor Helen Pyke's door was always open for her students.
The End of an Era
By Caitlin Foster, ' 1 1
Learning to write well can be a difficult and nerve-wracking task, but
Helen Pyke, associate professor of English, made it enjoyable.
Pyke's smile and warm greetings calmed freshmen nerves about their
new environment and grades. Her cookies — creative treats containing
anything from chocolate chips to pineapple to raisins and coconut —
were baked from scratch for students on days when their papers for her
were due. For these reasons and more, Pyke is sorely missed on campus
this fall, retiring recently after 24 years at Southern Advent is t University.
Pyke originally planned to work at College Press, but began teaching
composition classes during the summer of 1987 after talking with David
Smith, who was chair of the English Department at the time.
"After less than a week in the classroom, I told David that this is
where I belong," Pyke said. "All other teaching experiences had just
been training for this."
Freshmen still anxious about their abilities to perform well in college
classes became self-assured writers and all-around confident students
after taking classes from Pyke. Senior English major Olivia Nieb was one
of these worried new students when she first came to Southern and was
assigned Pyke as her academic advisor.
"When I came to school as a freshman, I was very, very nervous and
shy," Nieb said, "but Ms. Pyke had a very friendly smile. She told me
what to expect and made me feel right at home."
Pyke supported student writers as a creative writing instructor and
one-year sponsor of the Writer's Club. Her often-repeated statement,
"There is no one way to write; there are millions of ways," was the core
of what she tried to teach. This approach to writing inspired Nieb to
write articles for the Seventh-day Adventist magazines Guide and Insight.
"She really urged us to share our writing with others and gave great
advice on how to get published," Nieb said. "She made us feel good
about what we did!"
Pyke remains passionate about teaching students how to be good
"Anyone who really wants to write can learn to do it right," Pyke
said. "Writers are not born. They learn their craft because they are pas-
sionate about sharing ideas and want to write better than they do, no
matter how long they do it or how good they get."
Like Nieb, senior social work major Lauren Souza found inspiration
in her relationship with Pyke. Souza started work-
ing for Pyke the second semester of her freshman
year. Since then, she's come to see Pyke not only
as a good boss, but also as a mentor and friend who
was always willing to listen and offer guidance.
"Every time I came to work, we would have
wonderful conversations about how to handle situ-
ations in life," Souza said. "One time I had a really
bad day, and I just started crying in her office. She
came over and gave me an incredible hug; I mean,
she just squeezed the life out of me! It was so nice
to know that she cared, that she loved me."
The same caring personality and dedica-
tion Souza experienced was also clear to all who
enjoyed Pyke's famous cookies, made fresh for days
when final draft papers were due. These treats
remain legendary in Brock Hall and beyond.
"Those cookies were so good! I really appre-
ciated that she took the time to make them for
everyone," Nieb said. "That, along with remem-
bering each student's name, showed that she cared
about each individual."
Having positively affected so many people's
lives, Pyke's absence will be keenly felt.
"It's hard to believe she won't be working and
teaching here anymore. I was very lucky to work
for her; she is an incredible woman," Souza said.
"It really feels like the end of an era."
Though she doesn't plan to teach college
classes again, Pyke will remain involved with
teaching and writing by leading a youth Sabbath
school class, and possibly teaching creative writing
workshops. For now, she is living and working on
her small farm in Alabama.
"My right hand is already beginning to recover
from holding a pink or purple pen all those years,"
she said. "But I will miss the students and their
By Sam Nadarajan, senior religion
and computer science major
I remember one assignment I received in middle
school Circled in red ink was my grade: A+.
But that wasn't what got my attention. At the end
of the assignment was a note from my teacher.
It read, "Congratulations. You went above and
beyond the call of duty." I had never heard this
phrase before, so I asked my teacher what it meant.
She explained that I had done much more than
what was required for the assignment and that I
had done it with excellence.
Since then I have tried endlessly to re-create
the feeling I had when I saw that note. To know
that I did more than what was required, to give my
best, and to do it with excellence seemed worth
excessive studying and checking for accuracy.
Hard to Be Perfect
In high school, it was tough to emulate that
feeling, yet I somehow managed to do it. Taking
six advanced placement classes and completing
assignments that my teachers would ask to keep for
examples made me strive all the more to go above
and beyond. I frequently skipped meals, went to
bed early, and turned down offers to hang out with
friends for the sake of excellence. When I received
my high school diploma, I vowed to make it clear
in college too that I was no ordinary student, but
one who went above and beyond the call of duty.
As a naive freshman, I signed up for many clubs
and activities. It was not until I started receiving
emails from each of them and tried in vain to meet
their demands that I faltered in my middle school
vow. Three years later, I look back at my involve-
ment as a resident assistant, double major, painter
at Plant Services, Asian Club pastor and social
vice president, Sabbath School leader, Patten Tow-
ers volunteer, member of Bible Workers Club, and
various other activities that I realize everything I
gave up in my attempt to go above and beyond —
namely sleep, a social life, exercise, healthy food,
vacations, and more importantly, the very desire I
started with to go above and beyond. If I had a split personality, manag-
ing all of those tasks would have been a lot easier, but I realized I'd been
maintaining instead of excelling.
Where Did I Go Wrong?
The other day as I was reflecting with my girlfriend on the challenges
of the year and the stress I frequently exhibit, she said something that
"You're trying to go above and beyond in every single thing you're
I had never told her about my middle school experience or articulat-
ed my vow; nevertheless, she saw what was getting at me. I was involved
in too much, and I was trying to be the best in everything. As a result, I
found myself struggling in everything.
Since coming to Southern, I can safely say that I've done too much.
God never designed one individual to do everything, but rather for each
member of the body to excel in its job for the function of the whole
body (see 1 Corinthians 12). Here are some things I've learned in three
years of college:
• Life gives us too many options, and Southern is no exception. This
isn't necessarily a bad thing; it just requires wisdom to choose care-
fully so at the end of the day, after schoolwork, homework, and
regular work, we'll have enough energy left for our extracurricular
• It's important to plan free time. Free time is just as essential as
mealtime and should be treated the same way.
• A lot of stress is avoidable by learning to say "no." There are some
things that we just should not do. It's okay not to do them, so we
shouldn't be afraid to use that two-letter word.
Modeled After Christ
When I think about Jesus' ministry, I realize that one of the things
that made it so effective was its focus. Even Jesus did not heal, convert,
or reach everyone, but his ministry was still effective because He con-
tinually trained His disciples to take over for Him when He left. It took
more than three years for them to get the point, but after Jesus ascended,
the fruit of His labor was found mostly through the work of His disciples
and the success of the early church.
The same lesson, I realized, is applicable in my life: Better to go
above and beyond in one area and be effective than to be mediocre in
many things. ■
Southern Partners with It Is Written for Evangelism Training
Southern Adventist University and It
Is Written are teaming up to offer an
ambitious curriculum aimed at increasing
participants' Bible knowledge and enthu-
siasm for evangelism.
Students in the new SALT program
(Soul-winning And Leadership Training)
enroll in 14 weeks of spiritual study so
condensed and focused that they are not
allowed to take any additional courses at
the same time and are advised against
maintaining work responsibilities outside
of the classroom. And the coursework is
the easy part.
Finding opportunities to share these
new truths with others, and being com-
fortable enough to engage when the
moments do arise, is often more daunting
than the hours spent diving into prophecy
and practicum work. To help with this,
SALT spends considerable time teach-
ing effective evangelism and one-on-one
techniques that make the sharing of
beliefs come more naturally to Christians.
Classes for the inaugural SALT course
The SALT leadership team had a chance to reconnect during the ASI
Convention in Sacramento. Pictured from left are John Bradshaw,
It Is Written speaker and director; Gordon Bietz, Southern Adventist
University president; and Alan Parker, SALT program director.
began in August, and according to pro-
gram coordinator Michelle Duocoumes,
nearly 20 full-time students are currently
immersed in the study Most of these
students, ranging in age from 18-44, are
earning college credit for the classes;
however, a few have chosen to attend
purely for the training and certification
purposes. Many of those pursuing certifi-
cates will move on to one-year task force
positions in Bible work and foreign mis-
sions—jobs that Southern helps arrange.
While the classes are taught at South-
ern, largely by Southern professors, SALT
is definitely a dual effort with a venerable
partner. It Is Written approached South-
ern with this idea for an evangelistic train-
ing program and contributes in several
key ways: program promotion, financial
backing, scholarship opportunities, and
board guidance. They are even sending
John Bradshaw, their new speaker and
director, to teach at SALT for a full week.
Leaders from both partners are excited
about the program and anticipate a prac-
tical, far-reaching impact for all involved.
"This is a chance for students to not
only obtain classroom knowledge, but
hands-on experience as well," Duo-
coumes said. "Our hope is that SALT
graduates will go on to be passionate
leaders in evangelism, whatever their
For more information, please visit
southern.edu/SALT. — Staff Report
Professor Publishes Faith-Based Business Management Textbook
Michael Cafferky, professor of Busi-
I ness and Management at Southern
Adventist University, has written and
published a new textbook, the first ever
of its kind.
Management: A Faith-Based Perspec-
tive is the only full-length college textbook
ever written on management from a
Christian perspective. The textbook came
off the press in September, and profes-
sors at six different colleges have already
stated their plans to use it. The book
will also be used at Southern starting in
winter 201 2 for the class "Principles of
Inspiration for the textbook came to
Cafferky in 2003 as he first began teach-
ing at Southern. Upon realizing there was
no management textbook like this for him
to use, he got into contact with Pearson-
Prentice Hall publishers. After three years
of communication, they showed a serious
interest and he began the long process
of writing the textbook. Before being
published, Cafferky's book was critically
evaluated by 30 peer reviewers and ed-
ited by two professional editors.
"This project has encouraged me
to think deeply about what Christians
believe and how our religious faith can be
brought into our daily life at work," Caf-
Cafferky already has plans to write a
business ethics textbook, also from a
Jon Wentworth, associate professor,
said that Management: A Faith-Based
Perspective is truly a unique resource.
Students enjoy Professor Cafferky's engaging style.
"Cafferky opens to his readers a broad
array of Christian perspectives on man-
agement topics," he said. "This textbook
both instructs and challenges the Chris-
tian business person."
— Sarah Crowder
[around the nation]
Southern for Health
Students and faculty in Southern Ad-
ventist University's School of Physical
Education, Health and Wellness have
long believed they were part of a special
program. Now they have the hardware to
Phil Garver, Ed.D., dean of the school,
recently traveled to Wisconsin to receive
one of only two awards presented by the
National Wellness Institute (NWI) to out-
standing undergraduate health promo-
tion programs across the United States.
In citing why Southern was chosen, the
NWI press release describes the school
as having "one of the most innovative
programs in the country." Benjamin Par-
rish, a senior majoring in corporate and
couldn't agree more.
"I am not surprised
at all," Parrish said. "The
dedicated work that my
professors are doing deserves
Another testament to the program's
strength lies in just how Southern came
to be nominated for the award in the first
place. It wasn't Southern faculty, staff, or
students who were seeking to promote
Phil Garver, dean of the School of Physical Education, Health and Wellness, recently traveled to Wisconsin to receive one of only two awards
presented by the National Wellness Institute to outstanding undergraduate health promotion programs across the United States.
themselves. In fact, it was a leader at
another institution altogether.
David Gobble, director of Ball State
University's Fisher Wellness Center, nomi-
nated Southern for the NWI award after
seeing program results firsthand. Ball
State is a frequent destination for South-
ern students seeking graduate degrees
in wellness management, and Gobble
has been impressed with the quality of
students Garver has sent his way.
Though pleased with the recognition
the NWI award brings to the School of
Physical Education, Health and Wellness,
Garver has no plans to lean very long
on present accolades. In fact, he's busy
working on the next big step to keeping
this program relevant on the increasingly
visible stage of wellness management.
"Right now we're discussing the idea of
hosting our very own wellness conference
in 2012," Garver said. "This will be a huge
deal as we seek out ways to better share
the message of what a Christ-centered
program like ours can do."
And that last point is crucial to both
Garver and his students, setting this
program apart from other schools in a
manner more meaningful than any award
could ever do.
"I was drawn here not just because
of the state-of-the-art facilities or strong
scientific approach to wellness," Parrish
said, "but mostly because of the con-
sistent emphasis on Jesus Christ as a
necessary source for permanent chang-
ing and healing of our lives."
— Staff Report
countries visited by
irougn boutnern this summer
Cancer Research Progress Earns Southern
Graduate Presidential Award
Southern Adventist University alumnus
James Gulley, Ph.D., has been select-
ed to receive a Presidential Early Career
Award for Scientists and En-
gineers (PECASE). This is the
highest honor bestowed by
the United States government
on science and engineering
professionals in the early stages of their
independent research careers.
Gulley who entered the tenure track
at the National Institutes of Health in
2010, was recently tenured based on his
leadership in the field of immunotherapy
for cancer. He has brought a vaccine
developed in the Laboratory of Tumor
Immunology and Biology (within the Na-
tional Cancer Institute) into human trials
through preliminary efficacy studies and
now into a phase 3 clinical trial. The study
suggested a 44% reduction in the risk of
death compared with placebo. Gulley has
also proposed a new paradigm to explain
the delayed clinical benefit seen with im-
mune therapies as a class.
"I am very proud of Southern and how
I got my formal start in higher education
there," Gulley said.
Gulley lives with his wife, Trenise, and
their two children in Takoma Park, Mary-
land, and is active in Sligo Seventh-day
Adventist Church. — Staff Report
James Gulley, '87
Southern Alum Now N.C. State Senator
North Carolina State Senator Jim Davis, '69
Whether straightening teeth or run-
ning for office, Jim Davis, '69, has
focused on a life serving others.
Even as a young boy, Davis was
intrigued by politics, with one ear al-
ways tuned into political conversations.
Nevertheless, by the time he enrolled at
Southern, Davis had dreams of becoming
a dentist and pursued a degree in biology.
While attending Southern, Davis
enjoyed being highly involved in various
activities including band, the men's choir,
and intramural sports throughout his
four years. The values learned, as well
as the friends he made and the mentors
he gleaned understanding from, made a
huge impact on his life.
Davis graduated from Southern
grounded in his beliefs, ready to live a
life of service. As a dentist, he was able
to serve others in a tangible manner.
His lifelong love of politics eventually
led him to become a county
commissioner in Macon
County, North Carolina.
Last year, after much
prayer and many
conversations with his wife, Judy (Saly-
ers), 70, Davis decided to run for state
senator. Winning a close election, Davis is
now able to help others in a different way.
Throughout his journey, Davis has
carried the values that were instilled at
Southern. — Carrie Francisco
gallons of water pumped through
roundabout fountain each hour
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Collegedale area. Collegedale area.
[around the nation]
Wakeskate Skills Into
With a pair of sneakers and a
wakeskate under his feet, Matthew
Manzari, junior theology major at South-
ern, is in his element— ready to hit the
water, jump waves, and try new tricks.
Wakeskating is a combination of skate-
boarding and wakeboarding that requires
athletes to balance without foot bindings
on a board pulled by a boat. Matthew, a
professional wakeskater, began compet-
ing when he was 1 3 years old. By age
15, he had several sponsorships, which
now include Nike 6.0, CWB Board Co.,
Arnette Sunglasses, Sea Doo, and
Performance Ski and Surf.
As Matthew became more involved
with wakeskating, he noticed that he
started to drift from God. His priorities
changed as he went to competitions all
over the world.
"I didn't have plans for college," says
Matthew. "I intended to be in this sport 'til
I was at least 30 and then work as a team
manager or something else in the sport."
One morning everything changed.
Matthew woke up unable to ignore the
feeling that God was speaking to him and
that something in his life had to shift. As
time continued to slip by, Matthew felt an
urgency to go into ministry— something
he had never intended to do.
Wanting to make sure he had heard
God's voice, Matthew waited two months
before sharing his thoughts with anyone.
The confirmation came when one of Mat-
thew's friends, whom he hadn't talked to
in a while, said he always knew Matthew
was going to be a pastor.
"It's like the feeling when you have a
test the next day and you go out to hang
Professional wakeskater Matthew Manzari has taken his passion for wakeskating and turned it into a passion for ministry.
with friends, but as much as you try to
enjoy it, you can't fully because the test is
in the back of your mind," says Matthew.
"It became extremely clear what God
wanted me to do."
Matthew told his parents and started
searching online for an Adventist uni-
versity close to Florida that has a good
theology program. Southern popped up
on the list, and although he had never
heard of it before, Matthew scheduled a
campus tour. Three weeks later, he was
enrolled, following a new passion.
"Coming to Southern has changed
my life," says Matthew. "I can't imagine
doing anything better than studying
Matthew still wakeskates, but with a
new perspective; it is now an opportunity
for him to witness for God and make a
difference in others' lives. As Matthew
continues to study at Southern and
participate in wakeskate competitions, he
realizes why God brought wakeskating
into his life.
"One reason is to relate to youth
because it opens a door to them, as a
rider based in ministry," says Matthew.
"A second reason is that it has been and
still is a great life experience. It made me
appreciate what we have, being able to
travel to other countries and experiencing
Matthew's religion professors at South-
ern agree God has gifted him with unique
skills and opportunities.
"I admire Matt's ability to reach people
through his profession that no one else
can reach," says Greg King, Ph.D., dean
of the School of Religion.
Fellow professor Michael Hasel, Ph.D.,
agrees. "It is great to see a person like
Matt, who is at the top of his profession
as a wakeskater yet who has responded
to the call to devote his life to ministry."
— Carrie Francisco
[around the world]
Pacific Island Trip Helps Complete Book On Fallen Missionary
Rainey Park, '10, didn't realize that en-
rolling in the Literary Journalism class
from Andy Nash, Ph.D., would lead to
publishing her own book, Love, Kirsten.
The class, which is focused on the art
of telling true stories, requires students
to turn in one 20-page article that could
be a portion of a book. While students
were on the hunt for the perfect
story, Rainey thought about
Kirsten Wolcott, a student
missionary from Southern who
was murdered in November
2009 while serving on the
island of Yap. Rainey says what
initially attracted her to the story was
that it was close to home and relevant.
She also thought the story deserved to
be told accurately.
"There was a lot about the story we
didn't know," says Rainey. "I wanted to
get to the truth of who Kirsten was."
Contacting the Family
Rainey's first step was contacting
"I was nervous at first about calling
Kirsten's parents," says Rainey. "I knew
they were still grieving, and I didn't want
to upset them by asking permission to
write their daughter's story."
As it turned out, Hollis and Karen
Wolcott were warm and willing to help
however possible. They supplied Rainey
with Kirsten's journals, which became the
primary source of insight into Kirsten's
After visiting the Wolcott family, Rainey
finished her 20-page assignment and the
semester ended, but the journey didn't
stop there. Rainey decided to travel to
Yap to gather more information and finish
writing the book-length story.
"It was a risky decision," says Rainey. "I
didn't have a contract with a publisher or
even know if I would be successful, but
I knew I needed details from Yap if I was
going to finish the story. I thought, 'How
can I write about places I haven't seen or
people I haven't met?'"
Rainey decided to take the risk, using
leftover scholarship money to purchase a
plane ticket to Yap. While on the island,
she met with other student missionaries,
interacted with Kirsten's students, inter-
viewed two senators, and even met with
Kirsten's confessed murderer.
Upon returning from Yap, Rainey sat
down to finish the story. She says that
although she had read Kirsten's journals,
she had to start over in the writing pro-
cess because of the new perspective she
gained on her trip to Yap.
"After visiting Yap and talking to the
different people involved, the journal
came alive," says Rainey. "Kirsten's words
took on a new significance, and I under-
stood her better."
The Finished Product
"During the summer, I made contact
with the acquisitions editor at Pacific
Press, and after submitting several
excerpts, it finally got accepted," says
Rainey. In addition, Rainey recently won
the Student of the Year award from the
Society of Adventist Communicators,
largely because of the research and
writing involved in Love, Kirsten.
— Jarod Keith
Rainey Park's class project turned into a full-length book.
Southern Archaeologist Team Excavates Judean Fortress
An archaeology team from Southern
Adventist University, under the direction
of School of Religion professor Michael
Hasel, Ph.D., is in the final stages of a
three-year excavation project that
brought to light several new discoveries.
The excavation was conducted in
partnership with the Hebrew University
of Jerusalem under the directorship of
Yosef Garfinkel, a leading archaeologist
in Israel. This past summer Southern
sent a group of 50 to help excavate at
Khirbet Qeiyafa, the biblical site of
Shaarayim (1 Samuel 17:52).
This archaeological site is presumably
the location of the historic battle between
David and Goliath, and it has recently
been a topic of much scholarly debate
between those denying the existence of
the kingdom of David as described in the
Bible and biblical scholars who uphold
the historical authenticity of David. CNN
featured this controversy in a report with
footage that includes Southern Adventist
University volunteers. Although dig
participants say that new architectural
features are coming to light on a daily
basis, the interpretation of the
site and its objects is still
"This season's excava-
tion has attracted major
attention for the important
buildings excavated from the
time of Alexander the Great
and the special finds from the time of
David," says Hasel. "Biblical history and
prophecy are becoming tangible in the
21st century!" — Staff Report
Purpose in Peru
By Hannah Melara, junior graphic design major
T^^ nine short months, Peru went from being
JL X. ljust the name of another country to being my
I can remember back to the very first morning
my fellow missionaries and I arrived in Pucallpa,
Peru. My first impression was that it was peaceful.
I distinctly remember that as we pulled into the
long driveway, shaded by mango trees, there was a
little bit of fog in the air. The chickens were about
done with their morning ritual of screaming their
heads off, and the bees were humming busily in the
ponderosa tree, alive with hot pink blossoms.
I'm glad God doesn't always allow us to see
what's coming next. I'm glad that every day is a
surprise package. Because little did I know that the
next nine months of my life were going to be filled
with adventure, danger, and complete craziness
(but in a good way).
About a month after arriving and completing
our simplified medical training — giving each other
shots and pulling teeth from a dead pig head —
the doctor announced that it was time to have a
"This week is really going to test your limits,"
he said, "physically, mentally, and spiritually."
He was right. I acted as a triage nurse for our
campaign in Ivan Sikic on the outskirts of Pu-
callpa. As a triage nurse, my job was to take the
symptoms and vital signs of each patient before
they saw a doctor. Easy enough, right? But when you're sitting under the
blazing Amazon sun with 200 people pressed around you, barely giving
you enough room to take a drink of water; when you have sweat pouring
out of every pore in your body; when you don't understand half of the
things that people are saying to you; when it's 3 p.m. and you haven't
eaten anything because there are still more patients to see, Satan starts
messing with you. You get frustrated. Quick-tempered. It was hard. And
by Tuesday I was ready to quit.
But then I noticed that something was happening; something was
softening inside of me. I began seeing the people. I began realizing that
they were moms and sisters and grandpas, just like my mom and sisters
and grandpa. They desperately needed someone to care, and that some-
one could be me.
By the grace of God, I learned a lot of Spanish that week. I learned
every part of the body and became very familiar with terms like dolor
de cabeza, bichos, and dolor de estomago — which, roughly translated, are
headache, worms, and stomach ache. And as I befriended the people, they
started touching my life.
By the end of the week, I didn't want to leave. I was flying through
triage. I was doing something, and even though I went without eating
most of the week and crashed from exhaustion every night, it was the
best week I had in Peru up to that point.
As soon as we finished, it was off to another campaign. Finish one,
start another, with barely enough time to breathe. Okay, maybe time for
one quick breath. But then it was back to all the action; this time, four
days on a river.
Reality of Repetition
Imagine with me. The boat hums and the sun warms your face while
traveling down the Ucayali River. Exotic birds are calling from massive
tress with vines that twist and turn. The boat winds through a narrow
section of the river; then, as the view opens up, there's a small village
with only 20 families. The hustle and bustle of civilization is far away.
The locals help carry boxes from the boat to a small house — your
clinic. The team unpacks medical supplies and begins attending to
patients. Later, you start a soccer game
with the kids and tell them stories about
Jesus. All too soon, it's time to go.
You're back on the boat, marveling
at the beauty of the sunset on the water
until arriving at the next destination, a
larger fishing town called Tacshitea. You
set up a hammock between two poles,
or throw a sleeping bag on the sand and
a mosquito net over your head, before
dozing to the sounds of locals playing
cards and eating chicken.
The next day the clinic is busy.
There's barely time to breathe between
patients. It's all go, go, go, but you know
people are being helped. In exhaustion,
there's satisfaction. When the patients
are gone, you search for something to
eat and realize that the only water to
cook with is the same water you bathed
in and arrived in by boat. After scoop-
ing this questionable brown liquid into
the pot for boiling, you pray that the
Lord will kill all of the parasites before
the spaghetti is ready.
And then — well, you know the rou-
tine — back on the boat and on to the
Life Changes Fast
It's funny how most days start ex-
actly the same, yet in just one day, one
hour, 10 minutes, your life can com-
After four days on the river with
only one "bath," there was nothing I
wanted to do more than peel off my
dirty, stinky clothes and take a shower.
My friends and I sat in the front of the
boat on our journey home. After talk-
ing and reading for a bit, I leaned my
head back to take a nap. I was drifting
asleep when all of a sudden, BANG!
I whipped my head around and saw
a double-barreled shotgun pointing
straight at me.
Oh, God help us! I cried in my head.
Pirates. Three men with masks
and painted faces were shouting at us,
"Por la playa! Por la playa!" Our driver
steered the boat to the beach. With
guns still pointed at us, the men ran-
sacked our boat. One by one, I watched
as things were taken out of my bag.
I could hear my heart pounding in
One of the pirates looked straight at
me and asked for my cellphone.
"No tengo nada! No tengo nada!"
It was all I could spit out, and it was
true. I didn't have anything, not even a
He came to search my pockets.
The doctor's wife was crying as he
tried to explain to the robbers that we
were medical missionaries and didn't
have anything of value.
"We are just trying to help people,"
"Don't look at me. Shut up!" one of
the pirates said, as he continued to hold
a gun to the doctor's neck.
I've never had so many thoughts fly
through my head at once, all bouncing
off of each other, going a million miles
an hour. I thought about my family and
friends — all those I love. I was trying
to remember if I had any enemies. I
thought about my future and past. I was
trying to imagine what it would feel like
to get shot or to die. I thought about my
life, hanging by the thread of a rob-
ber's impulsive trigger finger. The funny
thing was that even though all of these
things were going through my head, a
blanket of peace covered me.
Right before the attack, I had started
the book Don't Waste Your Life by John
Piper. In it he quotes a small poem:
Only one life,
'Twill soon be past;
Only what's done
For Christ will last.
That little sentence hit me hard.
The men's voices interrupted my
"Where's the other boat?" they kept
The other half of our team and sup-
plies were on a second boat, which had
gotten ahead of us and was out of sight.
"Where's the other boat?" they
repeated. "What's on it?"
"Angels," the doctor and his wife
said. The robbers started making jokes
about God. "Where is God?" they
One of the men kept urging the
others to go. The pirates threw some of
our bags into their boat and took off as
quickly as they came.
My point is not to tell you an adven-
ture story. It was terrible, and I would
never wish the same thing on anyone.
What I want to emphasize is just how
valuable your life is. Look at the people
you surround yourself with, at the kind
of life you are living, and make sure
you're on the right path. You only get
one life, so be immensely thankful for
it. And remember,
Only one life,
'Twill soon be past;
Only what's done
For Christ will last.
Everything else is in vain, isn't it? ■
By Tina Frist Smith, '89
For more than three decades, Southern Ad-
ventist University's School of Physical Education,
Health and Wellness has focused on holistic train-
ing for mind, body, and spirit. Today, the school
stays true to form by encouraging an increasingly
sedentary society to get moving again.
Phil Garver, Ed.D., current dean and head of
the program since 1975, believes God is work-
ing through his program to bring balance back to
unbalanced lives. "We've found that He blesses
when we do the right things for the right reasons,"
School professors are preparing students to
increase activity in a culture that spends too much
time sitting in front of computers, televisions, and
gaming systems. This imbalance is contributing to
increased health risks for heart disease, diabetes,
and osteoporosis. There has never been a greater
need for health educators, and Southern has four
distinct degrees contributing to that end.
Health Science. Of the four bachelor's degrees
offered through the school, this area has expe-
rienced the most growth with pre-professional
undergraduates who plan to continue studies in
medicine, dentistry, and physical therapy. Some
future physicians, for example, are opting for class-
room diversity as a counterbalance to hours spent
Wellness Management. More practical applica-
tions are being incorporated into this concentra-
tion with new classes such as Personal Condition-
ing. Students will learn how to make more tailored
recommendations for their clients.
Health, Physical Education and Recreation.
Future PE. teachers on this traditional track are
following a revised curriculum while earning a
Sports Studies. The school provides a non-
teaching qualification with an emphasis in human
A student instructor leads a spinning class in the Hulsey Wellness Center.
performance, journalism, management, marketing, psychology, recre-
ation, or public relations and advertising.
Beyond the Classroom
Under the recreation and outreach arm of the department, South-
ern's gymnastics team continues to perform nationwide while promoting
strong health principles and an anti-drug message. More than half of
the student body participates in intramurals and clubs, while thousands
around campus-both students and community members-stay active on
20 acres encompassing the track, disc golf course, ball fields, and tennis
Employees on campus also benefit from the department's focus on
health and wellness, with incentives to actively use the facilities and
resources. As a direct result, university healthcare costs are consistently
Administrators and faculty have chosen "Living in Balance: Physical
Activity" as the focus for the university's five-year evaluation process
necessary to maintain accreditation through the Southern Association
of Colleges and Schools. Reaching every student on campus and track-
ing their activities are just two of the goals set in the early planning
stages of this pivotal undertaking, scheduled to begin in 2012.
Regularly recognized among the nation's healthiest companies,
Southern has earned two gold Well Workplace Awards from the Well-
ness Council of America. And just this past summer, the school received
one of only two awards presented by the National Wellness Institute
(NWI) to outstanding undergraduate health promotion programs across
the United States. In citing why Southern was chosen, the NWI press
release described the university as having "one of the most innovative
programs in the country."
Garver plans to keep the momentum of those awards going by host-
ing an international wellness conference at Southern 2012. Such a
gathering would be a feather in the cap for his program while drawing
much-needed attention to critical issues that can be overwhelming for
individuals who often face these struggles alone.
"Our team's goal is to empower people," says Garver. "We evaluate,
educate, and motivate men and women, old and young, to take action to
be healthy — body, mind, and soul."
That's living balanced! ■
on the move
(? f\^ Daniel Loh, '55 and
w wO '63, retired from Kaiser
Permanente Medical Center as an an-
esthesiologist. He lives in Northridge,
California, and recently returned from
a mission trip to Vietnam.
Marilyn (Biggs) Sykes, '59, is a
retired elementary school teacher
living in Highland, California. She
participated in a ShareHim mission
trip two years ago to Ghana, Africa.
AA^ Ralph M. Hendershot,
WO '62, has been retired from
public school counseling for 16 years.
He became the INS sponsor for the
Paul Goia, '99, family from Romania
14 years ago. He has traveled exten-
sively with the Goias every summer
while Paul has presented prayer
seminars in churches throughout the
United States, Canada, and other
countries. Ralph enjoys recruiting
students for Southern whenever
possible and has provided housing for
countless families who visit campus
Gilbert Burnham, '64, was named
Alumnus of the Year at the Loma
Linda University School of Medicine
graduation in May 2010. He is a
professor of International Health at
the Johns Hopkins University and co-
director of the Center for Refugee and
Disaster Response in the University's
Bloomberg School of Public Health.
After receiving this award, Gilbert
traveled to Kabul, where he signed an
agreement with the Islamic Republic
of Afghanistan for Johns Hopkins to
conduct a three-year Results Based
Financing project in 10 provinces.
He is pictured here with Suraya Dalil,
Acting Minister of Public Health for
the government of Afghanistan. He
has directed JHU research projects in
that country for the past nine years.
He and his wife, Virginia (Fowler)
Burnham, attended, live in Balti-
Rebecca (Stanley) Hodges, '66,
is semi-retired after teaching school
for 18 years. She currently works as
a Certified Nursing Assistant. She
enjoys four grown children and seven
Jerry Hoyle, '66, continues to prac-
tice clinical psychology in Redlands,
California, and is Associate Clinical
Professor of Psychiatry at Loma Linda
University School of Medicine. He
continues to sing and perform in the
Wedgwood Trio with classmates Don
Vollmer, '67, and Bob Summerour,
'67. Jerry's wife, Sharon, is a nurse case
manager at LLU Medical Center's
Proton Treatment Center.
Janice (Thomson) Wedel, '66, is
a retired nurse and lives in Paradise,
California. She and her husband,
along with their son, Greg Wedel, '97,
recently enjoyed a trip to the United
Kingdom. The Wedels have purchased
a motor home and are traveling
around the western United States.
Arthur, '67, andLennette (Lester)
Lesko, '67, live in Riverside, Cali-
fornia. Both are retired and enjoying
their two grandchildren and various
Stephen Patrick, '68, is past
president of the Florida Postal History
Society and adjunct professor of the
Civil War history at Southern. He has
taught a total of 43 years, 38 of which
have been at Forest Lake Academy.
^Wf\^ Rogers Clinch, attended,
m UO retired from teaching in
1980 and became a professional teller
of Cherokee stories and university
lecturer on Native American issues.
He suffered an automobile accident
in 1998 and was forced to retire
a second time. Following this, he
moved back to Tennessee and, in
2000, married Esther Levi, an Israeli
national and daughter of survivors
of the Holocaust. He and his wife
have established Beit HaMashiach, a
congregation for Jewish believers in
Rolland Crawford, '73, retired
in 2008 from the Loma Linda Fire
Department after nearly 34 years in
fire service in Missouri and California.
Over 20 of those years were spent as
chief officer and more than 6 years as
fire chief. He is currently consulting
for government and businesses and
lecturing on fire protection with an
emphasis on wildland- urban interface
fire protection. Rolland is also in-
volved in international development
and travel. He recently returned from
a trip to Wales and is planning an
educational group tour there in 2012.
Randy, '77, and Jane (Miller) Allen,
'76, were married on May 1, 2011,
in Walla Walla, Washington. The
two were classmates at Forest Lake
Academy 38 years ago and again at
Southern. Despite living on opposite
sides of the country during the years
since graduation, their paths crossed
again last year and they began dating.
The couple lives in Apopka, Florida,
where Jane is the church secretary.
QAa Les, attended '79-'81,
OU9 and Lois (Catoire)
Myhre, '80 and '81, live in Yucaipa,
California. He is self-employed in
aviation maintenance, and she is the
registrar/receptionist at Mesa Grande
Academy. Their son, Aaron Myhre,
attended '04-'05, went on to graduate
as a certified pharmacy tech. Another
son, Seth, graduated with a master's in
architecture in 2010. Their daughter,
Rachel, began the nursing program at
Southern this summer.
Yung Lau, '83, is a pediatric
cardiologist and was recently named
academic chair at Children's Hospital
of Alabama. He and his wife, Carmen
(Wilson) Lau, '82 and '84, live in
Birmingham with their children.
Dan, '85, and Carol (Hurley) Turk,
'85, live in Fort Collins, Colorado. He
has taught for 13 years in computer
information systems at Colorado State
University, and she is a chaplain in
Denver. Dan continues to be an avid
runner and mountain climber and
has run 26 marathons, with his first
50-miler this past July and his 12th
Pikes Peak Marathon in August. Carol
has completed her second triathlon
and is training to participate in
Oliod Moura, '87, lives in San
Bernardino, California. Following a
liver transplant in 2002, he has been
serving as a volunteer minister at the
Colton SDA Church.
Bill Wing, '89, was recently named
senior vice president for system
performance and strategy of Adven-
tist Health. He and his wife, Ami
(Taylor) Wing, attended, have three
children and are relocating from Mis-
souri to Roseville, California.
AAa Kyle, '93, and Kimberly
«JUo (Leui) Kovach, '92,
live in Ringgold, Georgia. He is the
materials manager at Mueller Com-
pany in Chattanooga and serves as
an elder at the Battlefield Commu-
nity SDA Church. She homeschools
their children: Jessica (15), Michael
(14), and William (9) and blogs as a
homeschool product reviewer for The
Old Schoolhouse magazine. She also
serves as the Pathfinder director for
Daniel, '94, and Julie (Miller)
Graham, '94, are in their seventh
year of pastoral ministry at the
Gainesville SDA Church in Florida.
He completed his D.Min. degree at
Fuller Seminary last summer. She
works PRN at a local hospital on a
post-op/dialysis medical surgical floor
and homeschools their two sons: Luke
(10) and Nathan (9).
Joseph Eunkwan Choi, '95, was
honored as 2009 Alumnus of the Year
by Southern's Alumni Association
during Homecoming Weekend. After
many years working as a professional
orchestra conductor in Indiana and
Kentucky, he moved to Texas in 2010
to head up the music program for
Valley Grande Adventist Academy.
on the move
He conducts grades 5-12 band, 9-12
choir, 9-12 handbells, and 9-12 Cam-
erata. His wife, Angela, is a full-time
elementary music teacher.
Mark, '99, and Chana (Mahorney)
Waters, '95 and '99, live in Apopka,
Florida. He is a local church pastor.
She is an administrative assistant at
Forest Lake Education Center, where
their three children attend school.
f\ f\*± Erik, '00, and Harmony
UUO (Kubik) Carter, W, live
in Redlands, California. He graduated
with a D.Min. degree from Louisville
Presbyterian Theological Seminary
in 2009 and serves as a pastor. He
began working toward a Ph.D. degree
in Practical Theology at Claremont
School of Theology this past fall.
She also graduated in 2009 with a
M.D. degree from the University of
Louisville School of Medicine and is
currently an anesthesiology resident
at Loma Linda University Medical
Center. Their first child, Ivy Grace,
was born on April 9, 2009.
Fiorella (Saavedra) Meidinger, '01,
and her husband, Karl, welcomed a
son, Maddox, in October 2009. The
family lives in Apopka, Florida.
Michelle Caswell, '01, '04, and '07,
is the vice president of curriculum
for the Greater Collegedale School
Beaver, '01 and '03, and Rebecca
(Haynes) Eller, '03 and '04, returned
to Collegedale, along with their infant
daughter, Zoe Grace, for Beaver to
pursue his master's degree in nursing
at Southern. Rebecca is working as a
nurse at a hospital in Chattanooga.
They were involved in medical mis-
sionary aviation service in Mongolia
for a couple of years prior to their
return to Tennessee and hope to
continue their work in Mongolia in
Jesse, '01, and Angi (Taylor)
Rademacher, '01, welcomed their
daughter, Seren, and son, Crusoe, on
May 25, 2011. Three-year-old Leisl
is enjoying be-
ing "big sister"
to the twins.
animation in the
School of Visual
Art and Design
at Southern, and
Angi is busy at
home with the
Steven Baughman, '03, is an Eng-
lish, history, and government teacher
at Highland Academy in Portland,
Tennessee. In May he was presented
with a 201 1 Excellence in Teaching
Award from the national Alumni
Awards Foundation (AAF). He was
commissioned by the Southern Union
and the North American Division to
write secondary curriculum subject
area standards and has traveled
throughout the NAD to promote
Amy (Duman) Knowles, '03, lives
in Boise, Idaho. She and her husband
welcomed their son, Paul William, on
February 7, 2011.
Julie Clarke, '04, is attending law
school at A & M University in Or-
Matt, 05, and Ranelle (Dunn)
Schiller, '06, were married in June
2009 in Kettering, Ohio. They live in
Los Angeles, California, where he is
working at Sony Pictures Imageworks
on a movie called "Arthur Christmas,"
due to be released for the upcoming
Justin, '06, and Becky (Baerg)
Brooks, '03, welcomed daughter,
Sophie Marie, into their family on
January 27, 2011. He works as the
assistant director for Purchasing Ser-
vices at Southern, and she worked in
the Communications department for
the Georgia-Cumberland Conference
prior to maternity leave.
Ryan, '06, and Carrie (Iverson)
Heilman, V6, welcomed their first
daughter, Claire Avery, on May 24,
Justo, V6, and Marcella (Ashlock)
Morales, '04, live in the Collegedale
area. He is coordinator for the Lynn
H. Wood Archaeology Museum on
campus, and they both enjoy helping
lead Southern's archaeology digs at
excavation sites in Israel. They invite
other alumni to join them along with
the student groups participating in up-
coming summer digs. Read more about
these projects online at southern,
Daniel Treiyer, V6, graduated in
May from Loma Linda University
School of Medicine and plans to com-
plete a residency in internal medicine/
cardiology at Emory University in
Atlanta, Georgia. He and his wife,
Maria (Robberson) Treiyer, V5 and
'07, are expecting their first child in
Shawna (Stigge) Avila, '07 and '10,
and husband, Ismael, were married in
2007. After living in the Collegedale
area for the past few years, they moved
to Texas this August for her to pursue
a Ph.D. in Sociology at Texas A & M
Seth Gillham, '07, graduated from
Loma Linda University School of
Medicine in May and plans to special-
ize in radiology.
Jeremy, '07, and Jessicah (Mc-
Graw) Moretz, '07, were married in
June 2010. He is completing a
residency in radiology at Loma Linda
University, and she graduated from
the School of Dentistry in May with
plans to go on for a specialty in
Robert, 07, and Shellie (Pires)
McLennan, '04 and '07, live in
California. He graduated in May from
Loma Linda University School of
Medicine, and she is a nurse in the
Chris Wilhelm, '03, has stepped into the interim principal
role at Memphis Junior Academy in Memphis, Tennessee.
He was teaching grades 7-10 when principal Suzette York
was killed on campus in the August tragedy that left Adven-
tists everywhere in shock. He will continue teaching but will
assume executive administrative duties for the remainder of
the 201 1-201 2 school year.
on the move
adult transplant unit at Loma Linda
Mike, 08, and Yuki (Higashide)
DuVall, '06, welcomed their first
child, Megumi Anne, on July 2, 201 1.
They live in Loma Linda, California,
where he is attending dental school.
Neil Cometa, '08, lives in San
Bernardino, California, and works as a
reference technologist for Lifestream,
a local blood bank.
Jackson Henley, '08, graduated
from Loma Linda University School
of Medicine in May and plans to
specialize in emergency medicine. He
married Krystin McMiller in Septem-
ber of 2010.
Barry, 09, and Christy (Kurtz)
Howe, '08 and '10, were married and
then moved to California last summer.
He is a medical student at Loma Linda
Genia Shaver, '09, began a new job
in February with Chattanooga Kidney
Centers in Tennessee.
Arvin Tanag, '09, lives in San Diego,
California, and is an IT management
resident at Loma Linda University
Amanda Tortal, '09, has been
teaching for two years in Orlando,
Florida. She is pursuing her master's
degree in Inclusive Education (Special
Education) through Southern and is
considering returning to Collegedale
to obtain her MSW degree with an
emphasis in marriage and family.
MehLani Domingo, TO, is complet-
ing a bachelor's degree in nursing at
Loma Linda University in California.
Fawzi Abii'El'Haj, '55, passed away
July 2011 in Riverside, California.
He was a retired chiropractor. He is
predeceased by his first wife, Joan
(Matthews) Abu^El^Haj, attended,
and is survived by his second wife of
more than 10 years, Lois Abu-El-Haj.
Frances E. Andrews, '49, retired
professor in the School of Journalism
and Communication, passed away
peacefully at her home in Collegedale
on May 27, 2011, at age 88. As a
student, she majored in English and
was the first editor of the student
newspaper, Southern Accent, and four
years later served as editor for Southern
Memories, the university's yearbook.
The cover emblem she designed was
later incorporated into the school's
official logo and is still used today in
communications for the SMC-ites af-
finity group. She also served as public
relations director of the Collegedale
Seventh-day Adventist Church for
several years and started the church
newsletter, ChurchBeat, in 1978. In
retirement she continued to be an
active volunteer. In 2007 she was
honored by the Alumni Associa-
tion during Homecoming Weekend
as a recipient of the Distinguished
Service Award for her outstanding
contributions to the field of journal-
ism and years of dedicated service to
Christian education. She is survived
by a nephew, Harry, and three nieces:
Sheryl, Valerie, and Toni.
Alice (Donaldson) Austin, '87,
former Southern employee, passed
away on April 2 1 at her home in
Collegedale following a brief illness.
She is survived by two brothers; two
sisters; her husband, Wiley Austin, a
retired chemistry professor at South-
ern; daughter, Dawn Austin, '83,
of Denver, Colorado; son, Russell, of
Evansville, Tennessee; granddaughter,
Danielle Davis, of Chattanooga; and
two great grandchildren.
Jeffrey "Scott" Barnett, '86, passed
away in May after battling cancer.
Juanita (Hughes) Carwile, '79,
passed away on May 23, 2011, in
Midlothian, Virginia, following a
15 -year battle with cancer. She is
survived by her husband, Howard
"Bo" Carwile, Jr., '81; son, Taylor
Carwile, '08; parents, Ross, '42, and
Betty (Howard) Hughes, '42; sis-
ters, Sharryn (Hughes) Mahorney,
'69, and Lynda (Hughes) Seidel,
'71; and brother, Glen Hughes.
Jerry Clark, '79, passed away July
2011 in Collegedale, Tennessee. He
is predeceased by his father, Jerome
Clark, history professor at Southern
from 1959 to 1979. He is survived by
his mother, Ann (Rorabaw) Clark,
'61, and retired English professor
at Southern; sister, Alice; brother,
Danny; and wife, Lila.
Sandra (Craig) Cruz, attended,
passed away April 1 1 at her home in
Lubbock, Texas. She is survived by
her husband, Daniel Cruz, attended;
children, David Cruz, Nathan Cruz,
and Sharla Crabtree; sisters, Shirley
(Craig) Smith, '71, and Lorraine
Lenna Lee Davidson, School of
Nursing professor at Southern from
1968-81, passed away May 24, 2011,
in Owasso, Oklahoma. She was
predeceased by her husband, Robert.
She is survived by her children and
their families: Lee, '73, and Glenda
(Maxson) Davidson, '73, of Berrien
Springs, Michigan; Sylvia (Da*
vidson), '73 and '75, and Harold
Mayer, both current faculty at South-
ern; Bryant, '78, and Joy (Southard)
Doris Davis, School of Nursing
professor of Maternal, Infant, and
Child nursing at Southern from the
early 1960s until her retirement in
1973, passed away in August 2011.
She is predeceased by her husband,
Cecil Davis, retired math profes-
sor at Southern. She is survived by
her daughters, Christine (Davis)
Sammer, '70, and Barbara (Davis)
James, '75, dean of the School of
Fred Dickerhoff, attended, passed
away in January 2011. He is survived
by his wife, Phyllis (Moore) Dicker*
hoff, '60; son, Michael Dickerhoff,
'87; and daughter, Michelle.
Daniel Harper, '08, passed away in
August 2011 after battling cancer.
He is survived by his wife, Logan
(Ehlert) Harper, '08; parents, Greg
and Allison Harper; and brothers, Jeff
Harper, '11, and Jonathon Harper,
John Lyzanchuk, retired baker from
the Village Market in Collegedale,
passed away January 21, 2011. He is
survived by his wife, Agnes Lyzan-
chuk, who recently retired from serv-
ing as the Collegedale Seventh-day
Adventist Church clerk; daughters,
Audrienne (Lyzanchuk) Andreika
Williams, attended and former as-
sistant director of the campus health
services, Bonnie Hubbell, and Cheryl
Pacheco. He was predeceased by a
Dan Rozell, '61 and '86, former
professor in the School of Business
and Management at Southern dur-
ing the 1980s and '90s, passed away
June 17, 2011, in Arkansas following
prolonged ill health.
Nancy (Boyd) Wolf, '79, passed
away in February 2011. She is survived
by daughters, Amanda, attended, and
Leticia; and sons, Ronson and Jayson.
Kenneth A. Wright, Jr., Collegedale
Academy graduate and Southern
attendee, passed away September
11, 2011, after a battle with acute
leukemia. Ken served in a variety
of business-related denominational
capacities and had retired in Berkeley
Springs, WV. He was predeceased by
his father, Kenneth A. Wright, Sr.,
president of Southern Junior College
and Southern Missionary College
from 1943-55, in whose honor Wright
Hall was named, and by his brother,
Walter Wright, '54 (see listing be-
low). He is survived by his wife, Ruth
(Miller) Wright; son, Kenneth III,
'96; daughter, Sharon Wright, '96;
and brother, Burton Wright, '51.
Walter Wright, '54, passed away in
August 2011. He was retired and had
been living in Sun City, California.
He is predeceased by his father, Ken*
neth Wright, Sr. At the time of his
death, he was survived by his brothers,
Burton Wright, '51, and Kenneth
Wright, Jr. In 2009, he and his broth-
ers were reunited in Collegedale dur-
ing Alumni Homecoming Weekend.
The story of Easte
gathered on campus to present the 1 6
annual SonRise Resurrection Pageant,
an interactive journey of the final day
Christ's life. Approximately 8,000 peo
experienced the tastes, sights, and
sounds of Jerusalem as they sat in o
the Last Supper, spent an eveninq wi
Him rise from the tomb. With such a
realistic rendition of Christ's sacrifice
the goal is that many will fully grasp
Jesus' love for them for the first tinm
By Gordon Bietz,
You've heard of the prodigal son, but have you heard of the Prodi-
gal Father? By prodigal, I mean extravagant to the point of being
wasteful. God is like that with His love. This is good for us, since in our
broken world His love is the only thing that can fully mend our hearts.
We see small indications of God's total, healing love in our friends,
but rarely do we grasp its wide expanse. We fail to view God's love as
a force — a wild and strong force — that pursues us everywhere. As the
Psalmist wrote, "Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from
your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed
in the depths, you are there" (Psalm 139:7-8, NIV).
God's love is like a gravitational force, drawing us to His heart. You
can deal with it in several ways, but no matter what, it will follow you.
The question is not whether He loves us, but how we will respond to the
extravagant love He pours out.
Michael Brown tells the story of a boy who was the apple of his
parents' eyes. "Tragically," Brown writes, "in his mid-teens, the boy's life
went awry. He dropped out of school and began associating with the
worst kind of crowds.
One night he staggered into his house at 3 a.m., completely drunk.
His mother slipped out of bed and left her room. The father followed,
assuming that his wife was in the kitchen, perhaps crying. Instead, he
found her at her son's bedside, softly stroking his matted hair as he lay
passed out drunk on the covers.
"What are you doing?" the puzzled father asked.
The mother simply answered, "He won't let me love him when he's
The mother stepped into her son's darkness with a love that existed
even though he did not yet love her back. So it is with God and us."*
We love because He loved us first. What can separate us from that
Paul asks, "Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or na-
kedness or danger or sword?" (Romans 8:35, NIV). No. "Neither death
nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future,
nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor any-
thing else in all creation, will be able to separate
us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our
Lord" (verses 38-39, NIV).
God's Love Makes Us Conquerors
The confidence we have as a result of God's
love is that "in all these things we are more than
conquerors through him who loved us" (verse 37,
NIV). God is on our side, not against us. He's not
out to spoil our fun, trip us up, or catch us doing
something wrong. Rather, He demonstrated His
love and desire to fight for us when He "did not
spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all"
(Romans 8:32, NIV). He has chosen you, and
nothing can separate you from His love. You are
secure in Christ, because of Christ. His love is
super-bonding you to Himself. "What, then, shall
we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can
be against us?" (verse 31, NIV).
What will be your response? Will you deal with
God's love by running from it all of your life and
then falling to it in the end? Will you reject it and
think that it has rejected you? Or will you accept it
now and bask in the energy and radiance it brings?
Remember, the one thing you can't do is turn off
God's extravagant love.
You can make His love ineffective in your life,
But you can't make Him stop loving you.
You can construct a shield of amusements to
divert your attention from Him,
But you can't make Him stop loving you.
You can create a careless attitude of apathy,
But you can't make Him stop loving you.
You can reject all you have been taught and
disbelieve in God's existence,
But you can't make Him stop loving you.
You can build a hard shell of bad behavior,
But you can't make Him stop loving you.
Just as using an umbrella does not stop the
rain, no matter how hard you resist, you cannot
stop God from loving you. His love is absolute and
unconditional, and it will pursue you until the very
end of time. ■
*Michael B. Brown, God's Man; reprinted in Men of Integrity magazine (May/June 2002)
Southern Advent is t University as a learning
community nurtures Chr is t> likeness and
encourages the pursuit of truth, wholeness,
and a life of service.
Power for Mind and Soul. Southern
Adventist University is committed
to delivering on this promise. With an
emphasis on academic success and spiritual
balance, Southern provides life-changing
experiences in an environment of growth.
We are committed to our
students* We strive to hone
their skills and passions and
prepare them for a strong pro-
fessional and godly future. We
offer more than 80 academic
programs in order to meet the
demands of an ever- changing
job market. New facilities pro-
vide the space and technology
needed for a comprehensive
education. We also provide a
positive social environment
where new friendships with
like-minded Adventists are
formed every day.
We are committed to our
faculty and staff. Southern
is more than just a place to
work; it is a place to grow pro-
fessionally. Professors publish
writings (including college
textbooks), initiate research
programs, and spearhead
service projects in their fields.
Employees are encouraged
to take free classes on our
campus so the environment
for learning and growing is
extraordinary. The Chronicle of
Higher Education even selected
the university as one of 2009's
Great Colleges to Work For.
We are committed to our
community. Southern is part
of a thriving, vibrant local
community; we choose to
take part and interact with
the families around us. Most
of our special events and
concerts are open for com-
munity enjoyment. We also
deliver the message of holistic
living beyond our campus by
offering informational semi-
nars and meetings. Most of
these seminars are held in our
state-of-the-art fitness facility,
the Hulsey Wellness Center,
where the community is also
invited to take part in an ac-
We are committed to our
Church. As a Seventh-day
Adventist institution, we are
active in spreading the gospel
of Jesus Christ and instilling
in our young people the desire
to become Christian servants.
Our students have the op-
portunity to reach the local
community through outreach
programs or to serve a year as
student missionaries in a
foreign country. We offer
students a variety of worships
and convocations aside from
the numerous small spiritual
groups they organize on their
own. In the classroom, we up-
hold the fundamental beliefs
of the Adventist Church and
keep our church history an in-
tegral part of the curriculum.
As Southern Adventist
University upholds its power-
ful promise to all of its con-
stituents, we continue to see
improvements and expansion
in many areas. We'd like to
share with you the ways Qod
has blessed us in the last five
years, and the hopes we have
as we carry our commitments
into the future*
Our accomplishments in the last five years demonstrate
Southerns commitment to providing a strong education
in a holistic atmosphere. Our academic programs, service
initiatives, spiritual ministries, and facilities make the
tagline Power for Mind and Soul a reality.
In December 2010, Southern celebrated
60 years of accreditation from the Southern
Association of Colleges and Schools.
New Academic Programs
Southern offers a wide range of options for every interest. In
the last five years, new programs have included early childhood
education, outdoor leadership, and mental health counseling.
Our latest one-year program is the Bible Worker certificate, and
our social work program was reaccredited in 2010. Additionally,
recent changes in religion requirements place a greater empha-
sis on personal spiritual development, integration of Adventist
beliefs, and biblical interpretation. The total of current academic
• 9 master's programs with 27 emphases
• 64 baccalaureate degree majors
• 17 associate degree majors
• 51 minors
• 2 one-year certificate programs
School of Social Work
The Council on Social Work Education recently reaccredited
the School of Social Work's bachelor's program. Reaccreditation
allows us to continue to offer a Christian perspective on social
work, a perspective much different from the field's typical secular
approach. A new master's program also started fall 2010, with
• Child and Family Advocacy and Treatment
• International Social Work
• Marital Therapy and Stability
• Trauma and Emergency Response
• Older Adult Enrichment
[The Social Work program received $500,000 in state grant funds to train
Tennessee caseworkers from the Tennessee Department of Children's Services.
EGW Institute and Adventist
Southern inaugurated the Institute for the
Study of Ellen G. White and Adventist Heri-
tage in 2010 with a visit from George Knight,
professor emeritus of church history and
Adventist heritage at Andrews University. The
institute will launch an annual lecture series,
create a church history
writing contest for students,
continue studies on Ellen
White apologetics, and
organize Adventist Heritage
[The annual Adventist Heritage tour
gives students the opportunity to
relive church history while visiting
historic sites in New England.
Israel Study Tour/Dig
Students can earn three religion credit hours
while venturing on the trip of a lifetime — a
study tour in Israel. The two-week Middle East
Study Tour is both a faith-building and educa-
tional experience. Along with the tour, each
summer archaeology students partner with the
Hebrew University of Jerusalem to excavate the
historically significant site of Khirbet Qeiyafa,
presumable location of the battle between
David and Goliath.
Previous sites included:
• Cyprus in 2003
• Hazor in 2004, 2005, and 2007
SIFE-Students in Free Enterprise
Southern's SIFE team, sponsored by the School
of Business and Management, won the SIFE
Regional Competition for two consecutive
years. Advancing to the national competition,
the team had the opportunity to present their
projects with 174 other teams. Of the team's 15
recent projects, one was to launch an aware-
ness campaign for Collegedale's recycling plant,
another to analyze the processes of a hospital
in Tanzania, and another to start a for-profit
bakery for academy students in Uruguay. SIFE
encourages students of every major to use their
skills to solve problems in the community, the
country, and the world.
Business Encourages Global
The School of Business and Management offers
students the opportunity to learn about busi-
ness around the world through study trips. Every
other summer the school offers a three -week
trip to China, where students meet with local
executives and learn the true meaning of a
global marketplace. During another study trip
to Kenya, students were able to partner with
non-governmental organizations. They learned
how to develop and build projects in economi-
cally devastated countries.
In 2008, we established Southern Connections
101, a freshmen orientation class that has rein-
forced our goals to support student success and
encourage meaningful relationships. As part of
the Southern Connections class, the mentor-
ship program pairs student mentors with profes-
sors of the same department. The mentor then
encourages interactions outside of the classroom
and offers advice to new Southern students.
Southern in Practice
Students and professors in the Biology Depart-
ment are working in the new DNA Lab to look
for ancient DNA in frozen specimens from the
Arctic Circle. This research project is a valu-
able opportunity for students — an example of
the hands-on experiences available at Southern.
With the new lab, students are able to conduct
research with their own equipment and publish
findings in a scientific manner.
Focus on Physical Activity
The Southern Association of Colleges and
Schools requires Southern to submit a Quality
Enhancement Plan (QEP) as part of the 2012
accreditation reaffirmation. In order to encour-
age an active lifestyle on campus and maintain
its commitment to student well-being, Southern
chose to focus on "Living in Balance: Physical
Activity" as its QEP.
QEP student learning goals:
• Students will be able to describe the
American College of Sports Medicine
parameters of physical activity.
• Students will have the skill to assess their
current physical fitness level and write a
plan to improve or maintain a physically
• Students will participate in moderate-
intensity aerobic physical activity for 30
minutes, five days per week.
• Students will value biblical principles
and the Seventh-day Adventist health
message in regard to physical activity.
Faculty Serve as Mentors
At Southern, relationships between students and profes-
sors go beyond activities and lectures.
Our faculty offer guidance, advice,
and support for students as they
pursue both academic and personal
What started off as a classroom
assignment for Rainey Park, '10,
developed into a significant personal
achievement in her life. With mentor and published
author Andy Nash, professor in the School of Journalism
and Communication, Rainey was able to turn her project
Love, Kirsten into a published book.
"I really think at Southern you can get that one-on-
one attention from professors. They are so invested in
you that they're willing to help you on independent proj-
ects," says Rainey. "A teacher simply explains something,
but a mentor shows you how to do something. That's
what Professor Nash did for me."
Southern in Practice
Students Rally for No More
For the 201 0-2011 school year, the
Student Association organized and
headed a campaign to raise $5,000
for No More Thumbprints, a project
that supports literacy in El Salvador.
Sponsored by Hope for Humanity,
No More Thumbprints was a project
under the Adventist Intercollegiate
The entire student body came
together to work for this cause; they
sent in donations, purchased "No
More Thumbprints" merchandise,
and participated in the various teams
competing to show the most sup-
port. And when the $5,000 goal was
reached, our own President Bietz
emerged with purple hair, signifying
the purple team had won.
"[No More Thumbprints] really
showed me how Southern as a
whole cares about the world beyond
campus," says Alec Jackson,
201 1-201 2 Student Association
President. "This campaign is
something that keeps giving
because by teaching one person
to read, we're teaching a family."
A Culture of Service
Christian Service Program
This new program requires students to partici-
pate in service learning projects. For example,
students in the Modern Languages Department
volunteer for several organizations, the most
popular being community health fairs and local
chapters of Habitat for Humanity and United
Way. Through the Christian Service Program,
students are using their skills and talents to
actively help the community.
Community Service Day
For 17 years, Southern students and faculty
have participated in Community Service Day.
In this year's Community Service Day, about
500 people signed up for 20 projects in the
Chattanooga area. Additionally, a new annual
Community Service Day specifically for
freshmen started before classes began in 2010.
Volunteer locations include:
• The Chattanooga Zoo
• Nursing homes
• Local schools
• The Greater Chattanooga Area
• Local churches
• The Samaritan Center
The Wellness Institute serves to inform the
community on health and wellness through
seminars and presentations. It provides visitors
to the Hulsey Wellness Center with the tools
and education needed to develop a balanced,
positive lifestyle. The Wellness Institute hosts
two important community events:
• CREATION Health meetings teach
guests the eight principles of healthy
living, as revealed in the Genesis
• WELLkids summer day camp is a two-
week program that keeps kids active
through various sports and activities.
Conference Services and Events
Southern began the Conference Services and
Events department in 2010 after recognizing
the need to extend our learning environment to
visitors and outside groups on campus, particu-
larly during summer months. The department
now facilitates an increasing number of oppor-
tunities for the university to witness to non-
Adventist groups about our mission. Volkswa-
gen's Chattanooga operations enjoys hosting
think tanks and leadership seminars on campus,
even taking advantage of the ropes course and
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"The Evangelistic Resource Center (ERC) gives
students the opportunity to step out of their
comfort zone and spread the good news about
our God. Going on an ERC trip to Madagascar
was an incredible experience! I learned so much
more about my religion and God, and I really
grew in my faith in a way I never would have
experienced if I hadn't gone on this trip ."
— Christina Verrill, senior elementary education major
Evangelistic Resource Center
Through the Evangelistic Resource Center, the
School of Religion has trained and sent students
of all majors to preach around the world. In the
last five years, more than 10,000 people were
baptized as a result of these summer evangelistic
trips. The student mission fields since 2006
• Dominican Republic
• El Salvador
• United States (Atlanta,
Dallas, and Houston)
The Student Missions program sends out 70-130 missionaries each year, offering students the
opportunity to minister in all parts of the world. As part of the program, the Student Missions
Club supports students who are currently dedicating a year of their lives for mission work.
Nearly 20 student-led outreach organizations exist to serve the Chattanooga area on Friday and
Sabbath afternoons. It is the hope of students that as they volunteer and interact with the commu-
nity, individuals will see Christ in them. Following His command to serve the hungry, oppressed,
and lonely, students:
• Distribute food to the homeless
• Care for the elderly
• Play with kids in low- income neighborhoods
• Witness to the community
Check out videos of our students in action at Southern.edu/chaplain
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For the last three years, Southern students have banded together
to form Life Groups. These small groups meet periodically for
prayer and Bible study on campus. Students join these Life
Groups to develop their spiritual lives in an intimate gathering
of peers. To support these groups, the Chaplain's Office added 10
part-time positions for Life Group student leaders this fall.
Renewal: Student-Led Church
Since 2008, students have planned and presented Collegedale
Church's weekly student-led service, Renewal. This leadership
opportunity enables our students to use their talents for God and to
get involved in the mission of Adventism.
The SALT program is a collaboration
with It Is Written, and that prepares
students to impact their communities
A new evangelistic and Bible-worker
training program called SALT (Soul-
winning and Leadership Training) started
in August 201 1 as part of the School of
Religion. Students can earn their certifica-
tion as Bible workers in four months and sign up for one-year task
force positions in Bible work, foreign missions, or evangelism.
Check out Renewal (and Friday night vespers) via video
stream at Southern.edu/streaming
Southern in Practice
Learning on a Christ-Centered
Southern wants every student on
its campus to grow spiritually and to
develop lifelong Christian values.
Kiara Edwards, junior business
management major, transferred to
Southern from a public institution in
order to experience our Christ-
Wanting to be in an environment
that nurtures her spirit, Kiara has
already noted the difference. She
says she loves the fact that
professors pray before starting class.
She hopes being in this positive
environment will inspire her to tell
others they can avoid the life she
"I came here to get away from
the negative," says Kiara. " I want to
make real friends and draw closer to
God. I want to be the type of person
who can offer spiritual guidance to
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Hulsey Wellness Center
Thanks to the generosity of donors and alumni,
the Hulsey Wellness Center allows us to pro-
mote and facilitate healthier living for students,
employees, and the community. In addition to
providing fitness programming and equipment
for members, the facility is home to the School
of Physical Education, Health, and Wellness
and is the training center for Southern's acro-
batic team, the Gym-Masters.
[The Hulsey Wellness Center and Florida Hospital Hall were projects
under the Campaign for Health and Healing, which was completed in
February 201 1. At $1 7.5 million, this was the biggest campaign in
Southern's history, demonstrating the vision and commitment of
Southern's alumni and friends.
• More than 100 workout stations
• Lap pool and salt water therapy pool
• Steam rooms and saunas
• 30-foot indoor climbing wall
• Human performance lab
• Exercise classes like cycling and
full body circuit
Summerour Hall, home to the School of Educa-
tion and Psychology, is undergoing a two-year
renovation, prompted by the needs of the
school and a gift provided by a friend of the
university. The upgrades will provide the appro-
priate space and teaching technology for all four
programs of the school (education, psychology,
counseling, and outdoor leadership) as well as
create a more student-friendly environment.
McKee Library holds more than
25,000 electronic books and
170,000 volumes in addition to
subscribing to 880 periodicals and
having access to 1 50 electronic
McKee Library was reno-
vated in 2008 to be a more
open, student-friendly facil-
ity. Renovations included a
Knowledge Commons area
for events and casual study,
plus eight individual rooms for research, study
groups, or project preparation. Open for more
than 40 years, McKee Library teaches students
how to conduct scholastic research and offers
them the educational sources needed to achieve
Exclusive collections include:
• Ellen G. White Materials (extensive
holdings of White publications)
• Mark Twain Collection (a rare collection
of Twain books and artifacts)
• Thomas Memorial Collection (materials
on Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War)
Southern's campus grocery store, the Village
Market, recently updated its interior and ex-
panded operating hours. The entire community
benefits from the health-food options available
at the Village Market. Deli options are also now
included in student meal plans.
Steinway pianos allow our students
to study music using equipment of
the best quality.
In 2009, the School of
Music joined the presti-
gious Julliard School and
Yale University School
of Music in becoming an
All-Steinway School. With
a campaign organized by board members and
friends of Southern, the university was able to
purchase 30 Steinway pianos (18 studio uprights
and 12 grand pianos) to earn this distinction.
The Biology Department's new Origins Exhibit
depicts a creationist worldview of our begin-
nings. Sections of the exhibit include the cell,
the geologic column, and intelligent design.
While walking through the exhibit, students
and visitors observe hand-painted versions of
the most basic building blocks our Creator used.
The exhibit is part of a three-phase plan to
establish an institute for origins.
Expanded Biology Trail
Volunteer organization Friends of White Oak
Mountain partnered with community mem-
bers, the Biology Department, and the Outdoor
Leadership Department this year to add 1 1
miles to the Biology Trail. Located on South-
ern's campus, the Biology Trail is a popular
location for biking, hiking, and running. Its
paths and trails feature some of the
most beautiful plant life in the area
as well as several geocaches for the
modern explorer. The Biology Trail
is a great place to admire God's
Florida Hospital Hall
The outpouring of gifts from corporations,
nurses, and physicians allowed us to equip
Florida Hospital Hall with all of the resources
and technology needed to prepare qualified
nurses. Opened in January 2011, the ample
space in this 33,000 square foot, state-of-the-art
facility allows the School of Nursing to accept
20 percent more students into the popular
program each semester.
• Classroom seating from 24-96 students
• Learning resource center for research,
homework, and tests
• Simulation lab complete with
instructor control room
• Skills lab with 10 stations
• Laptop computers with Electronic
Medical Records software
Southern in Practice
Art Students Design
Origins Exhibit visitors are touched
by our art students' portrayal of
God's creation. What few know is
that the talented students who
worked under the leadership of
Ron Hight, exhibit art director,
experienced something special
During the project's three years,
the students banded into a group of
In the last five years, the School of Nursing maintained a 96 percent
average pass rate on the NCLEX-RN.
problem-solving, professional team
coalesced into what Hight calls a
they can do, look how much they've
players. Students were able to
"creative machine." They demon-
grown,'" says Hight. "God stretched
contribute more than they had
strated to him the high level of
them in ways 1 wouldn't have
imagined, often offering ideas better
training students receive in the
imagined. For an art director, it
than the original concept. While
School of Visual Art and Design.
doesn't get better than this."
working on the exhibit, the students "I kept thinking, look how much
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Southern is a place of vision, dedicated to going
beyond the expected to create the best possible
environment for student learning and development.
Good planning is part of good stewardship. We are
dedicated to keeping the mission and vision of
Christian education strong while we continue to
provide life-changing opportunities for our growing
Vision 20/20 is Southern Adventist University's
strategic plan for 2010-2020. The plan is the
result of prayer, as well as feedback and visioning
sessions with all of our audiences, including stu-
dents, faculty, community leaders, church leaders,
and our Board of Trustees. The plan describes
goals the university has set for the next decade in
order to maintain a positive living and learning
Vision 20/20 Goals and Imperatives: Strengthening the Student-Centered,
Christ-Focused Living and Learning Environment
Increase the six-year graduation
rate and improve opportunities for
Build on market research to
identify opportunities for new
programs of study.
Strengthen the integration of faith
and learning in each academic
Build a small-college focus within
the larger university.
Facilitate meaningful student
relationships with advisers and
Inspire a passion for missions and
service; increase student and
employee mission, service, and
civic engagement opportunities.
Provide an environment where
each student has inviting
opportunities to grow in a
relationship with the Lord.
Emphasize healthy living and
wellness with the campus and
Implement a green-campus
• Design a facilities master plan
that protects and enhances
Southern's natural resources
while planning appropriately for
Above all else, the number one theme of Vision 20/20
is to enhance the student-centered, Christ-focused
environment. This means that we will strengthen our
commitment to providing Power for Mind and Soul as we focus
on student success and opportunities for spiritual growth. The
plan looks to enhance the integration of faith and academics.
By remaining a mission-driven institution that upholds the be-
liefs of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, we mentor students
to apply their
values beyond the
in their careers,
leadership in their
Increasing student success
is an important goal of the
strategic plan, as we seek to
encourage every student to
succeed in college and move
toward graduation. This
means strengthening advis-
ing, peer mentoring, tutor-
ing, teaching methodology,
and helping students learn
to achieve and excel in their
chosen careers. Building upon
the strong academic founda-
tion of the institution, the
plan increases resources and
attention to help foster the
success of each student.
Another major goal of our
strategic plan is to maintain a
small-campus focus within the
university as it grows. South-
ern seeks to create an engag-
ing, intimate environment
that inspires meaningful rela-
tionships with peers and with
faculty and staff. Our mission
is to create a sense of belong-
ing in each student. In order
to accomplish this, we plan
to continue creating spaces
and activities that encourage
student connection through
intentional small communities
for learning, recreation, and
In the Vision 20/20 plan,
under the theme "Living and
Learning in God's Natural
Abundance: A Beautiful and
Sustainable Physical Environ-
ment" is the goal to create a
strategic facilities master plan
that will protect and enhance
Southern's natural resources
while planning appropri-
ately for growth. We hired
Performa, a campus facilities
planning firm, to help us iden-
tify our facilities' goals for the
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Highlights From Southern's
Facilities Master Plan:
Housing for Living and Learning
With enrollment reaching record numbers,
Southern has expanded its housing options to
accommodate a larger number of students. Two
new Southern Village apartment buildings have
been added, and the Virginia Apartments were
To create residential space that encourages
the development of student communities, the
university plans on constructing a new 300-bed
residence hall with cluster-style living areas by
the fall of 2013. Instead of long halls, each wing
has rooms that all open up to a common living
area (living room, kitchen, recreation space)
on each floor. Students who live in these types
of housing designs naturally form relationships
with their peers and participate in an environ-
ment much more social than the traditional
residence halls. The new facility will also
include a chapel and classroom space.
New Campus Center
Constructing a new hub for campus activity
is an intentional effort to create a space for
student involvement. This new building will be
made up of a student center, welcome center,
and learning commons.
The new student center will create a vibrant
social experience for students of all majors. Be-
sides providing a large enough space for student
activities, the student center will also house a
new food court that will accommodate a larger
student body. All student services, campus min-
istries, and student government offices will be
relocated to the new center, and there will be
new prayer rooms, meeting rooms, and student
organization workrooms. By placing the wel-
come center in the new student center, guests
and potential students will see campus life from
the moment they walk in, creating a sense of
belonging from the beginning.
The learning commons will be adjacent to the
student center and will provide students with
easy access to learning and information resourc-
es. Inside, students will have the ability to con-
duct research and study in groups. The learning
commons will also accommodate the programs
managed by the Student Success Center, such
as career counseling and tutoring. Having all
the programs in the same location will strength-
en opportunities for wholistic student success.
In order to enhance campus aesthetics and
create a more pedestrian-friendly environment,
part of our facili-
ties master plan is to
re-route traffic away
from the center of
campus. The portion
of University Drive
located in the center
of campus will close,
sending traffic away
from a green quad
in the center. Park-
ing will move to the
perimeters of campus.
These changes will create a contiguous campus
with an increased emphasis on promoting inter
action and community involvement.
Vision 20/20: Map of Proposed
1 Wright Hall
2 Hackman Hall
Hulsey Wellness Center
3 Summerour Hall
lies RE. Center
lies RE. Center Addition
4 McKee Library
Passing the Mantle Monument
5 Spanish- American Church
6 Herin Hall
Church (possible future
7 Hickman Science Center
performing arts center)
8 Thatcher Hall
School of Visual Art and Design
9 Thatcher South
Outdoor Leadership Center
and Technology Department
10 Lynn Wood Hall
12 Florida Hospital Hall
Garden of Prayer
13 Miller Hall
Student Park/Goliath Wall
Campus Green and
14 Mabel Wood Hall
15 Brock Hall
What Southern has accomplished in the last five
years, and what we hope to achieve in the near
future, is a possibility thanks to the financial
support from our alumni, constituents, and the
Church. Our detailed financial information
demonstrates that we are dependable stewards
of the blessings God has given us-
Allied Health Pre-Dental Hygiene
Allied Health Pre-Nutrition and Dietetics
Allied Health Pre-Occupational Therapy
Allied Health Pre-Physical Therapy
Allied Health Pre-Speech-Language
Pathology and Audiology
Four- Year Degrees
-Near Eastern Studies
Business Administration/Auto Service
Business Administration/Public Relations
Clinical Lab Science (Medical Technology)
Communication Studies Intercultural
Computer Information Systems
Computer Systems Administration
Health, Physical Education,
Liberal Arts Education (K-6 TN/K-8 SDA)
Long-Term Care Administration
-Human Resource Management
Medical Laboratory Science
-Music Theory and Literature
Outdoor Emergency Services
Auto Service Technician
Business and Management
-Master of Business Administration
-Master of Financial Management
-Master of Science in Administration
-MSN and MBA (dual degree)
-Master of Science in Nursing
-MSN and MBA (dual degree)
-RN to MSN
-RN to MSN and MBA
-Master of Science in Counseling
-Master of Ministry
-Master of Arts
-Master of Science in Education
-MSEd — Outdoor Education
-Master of Social Work
The support of the Southern Union and donors
allows us to offer a quality Adventist education
at approximately three-fourths of its actual cost,
making it more affordable for students.
Total Amount of Scholarship
includes Southern scholarships (including funds from endowed or one-time
gifts) and federal scholarships (SEOG, Federal Work Study, ACG, Smart).
Southern Union Subsidies
The university is very grateful to the Southern
Union and its constituent conferences for their
support, both financially and in sending your
children to our institution. (Note: the subsidies
amount dropped from fiscal year 2009 to 2010.
This is because 2009 completed a five-year
commitment by the Southern Union to provide
more subsidies to assist Southern with building
additional student housing.)
In the 2010-2011 school year, Southern's
enrollment surpassed 3,000 students. Despite
the growing student body, we're committed to
maintaining a small-campus feel. The university
is building the facilities and creating the pro-
grams needed to encourage campus interaction
and develop an engaging, intimate community.
In order to preserve personalized education, the
student-to-faculty ratio is set at 16-to-l.
2,593 " 2 > 640
2006-2007 2007-2008 2008-2009 2009-2010 2010-2011
Since 2006, Southern has awarded nearly $50 million in scholarships. Many of these scholarships
come from endowment funds given by generous constituents who believe in the power of a Christian
education. Beyond established funds, Southern also offers several popular scholarships for certain
achievements. Students who receive scholarships:
• Maintain high grades • Work at Adventist summer camps
• Participate in selected • Work as literature evangelists
extracurricular activities • Serve as student missionaries
Student Missionary and Task Force Worker
Placements During the Past Five Years
Auburn Academy, WA
Bass Memorial Academy, MS
Foster Memorial Church, NC
Sunnydale Academy, MO
Blue Mountain Academy, PA
Milo Academy, OR
Gem State Academy, ID
Georgia Cumberland Academy, GA
Monterey Bay Academy, CA
Camp Kulaqua, FL
Glacier View Academy, MT
Mount Pisgah Academy, NC
Thunderbird Academy, AZ
Camp Wawona, CA
Campion Academy, CO
Central California Conference
Ozark Academy, AR
Union Springs Academy, NY
Hawaiian Mission Academy, HI
Highland Academy, TN
Papua New Guinea
Upper Columbia Academy, WA
Wisconsin Academy, Wl
Dakota Academy, ND
Indian Creek Camp, TN
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Summary of Statement of Position
Cash: Operating cash increased from $10.6 mil-
lion to $15.7 million, or almost 50 percent, over
the five-year period. As of fiscal year end 2011,
the university had 62 days cash on hand.
Endowment Assets: Endowment assets increased
from almost $23 million to $24.5 million over
the past five years. This is a 6.8 percent increase
despite market challenges of the past few years.
Plant Assets: Plant assets increased significantly
over the past five years, due primarily to the
construction of Hulsey Wellness Center and
Florida Hospital Hall. Assets increased by $25
million to more than $72 million.
Bond/Loans Payable: Bond and Loans Payable
increased by almost $9 million to $22 mil-
lion. These loans were used to build additional
student housing, as well as the Hulsey Wellness
Center and Florida Hospital Hall. The major-
ity of this additional debt will be paid upon the
collection of pledges for the building projects.
Net Assets: Total net assets (equity) increased
from $73 million to $92 million over the five-
year period. This was a 25 percent increase in
total net assets.
21,570,281 22,384,421 23,620,613 32,051,855 31,042,776 33,396,739 54.83%
Total Net Assets 73,280,307 80,779,085 81,387,713 78,419,295 83,642,468 92,172,254 25.78%
and Net Assets
Summary of Changes in Net Assets
The university experienced a net increase in
net assets of almost $19 million over the five
years of this report.
Operations: Southern experienced an increase
in net assets from operations each year. Fiscal
year 201 1 was a particularly strong year, with a
net increase from operations of almost $3.7 mil-
lion. Operating increases are important in order
to provide the cash flow necessary for capital
needs and loan principal payments.
Endowment: The Endowment Fund experienced
increases and decreases. The decreases in fiscal
years 2008 and 2009 were due to the decline in
market value of investments. Fortunately, as of
May 31, 2011, the Endowment Fund rebounded
to show a five-year net increase of $1.5 million.
Plant Fund/Other: The majority of the $10 mil-
lion increase in the Plant Fund is the result of
donations received for capital projects over the
past five years.
(Decrease) in Net Assets
Summary of Schedule of Key Ratios
Current Ratio: This measures an organization's
ability to meet short-term obligations. South-
ern's May 31, 2011, ratio of 3.32 means that
the university has $3.32 of liquid or near-liquid
assets for every $1 of short-term liabilities. Typi-
cally a current ratio of 2 or greater is considered
financially good. The university has a target of 3.
Consolidated Financial Index (CFI): This com-
bines four key financial ratios into a single mea-
surement of the financial health of a university.
According to our auditors, "an advisable or tar-
get CFI would be 3 to 4." Southern's CFI dipped
in 2008 and 2009, due primarily to market losses
in the Endowment Fund and to the use of cash
for building projects. Fortunately, as of May 31,
the university's CFI was back in the advisable
range for financially healthy universities at 3.1.
Percent of NAD Recommended Working Capital:
The North American Division has policies
for the amount of working capital (operating
reserves) institutions should have on hand. For
universities this is 20 percent of the annual
operating cash expenses, or approximately
2Vi months' worth of expenses. As of May 31,
Southern is at 1 1 2 percent of the recommended
working capital amount.
Percent NAD Working
2010 - 2011 Gross Revenue: $86 J Million
The majority of this income (55.7 percent or $48 million) is in the form of tuition and fees. Auxil-
iary operations, including student housing, food services, the book store, and leaseholds contributes
16.2 percent. Independent operations, the majority contributor being the Village Market, produced
8.7 percent of the revenues. Church subsidies make up 6.3 percent, private donations and grants
5.5 percent, and the Endowment Fund contributes 4.3 percent of the total income.
^B Tuition & Fees
^ft Church Grants
^p Contributions & Grants
^ft Endowment Income
^k Sales & Service
2010 - 2011 Expenses: $78.2 Million
Instructional or academic support activities comprise 36 percent of the university's expenses. Almost
$11 million, or 14 percent of the total expenses, are in the form of scholarships. Almost 27 percent
of the expenses are for auxiliary or independent operations.
^fe Public Service
^ft Academic Support
^fe Independent Operations
As the Great Commission nears fulfillment, training our
graduates to combine career excellence with ministry and
global service is crucial
It is a privilege to serve at a destination for young people
who want to mature into adults with purpose and vision.
Our university consistently creates powerful student
outcomes by mixing strong, professor-mentored academic programs with a
vibrant residential environment where life-changing spiritual transforma-
tions take place daily- Our network of Christian friends and supporters
provides the firm foundation students need for launching into a world
of service to family, church, workplace, and global ministry.
Simply put, Southern creates citizens of integrity and purpose, uniquely
positioned to give back to the church and carry on the work of spreading the
gospel to future generations. For this reason we will strategize and cultivate
new ways to influence academic and spiritual success as we continue passing
the mantle of knowledge and faith from the older generation to the younger.
Southern is thankful for the support of like-minded visionaries who believe
in youth, rightly-trained, as the foundation of our future.
Power for Mind & Soul
PERMIT NO. 1114
Join Us for
Sounds of Southern October 27-30
Help celebrate the milestone 50th anniversary of
WSMC Classical 90.5, the campus radio station, with
special activities planned throughout the weekend.
• E.O. Grundset Biology Lecture Series
by James Gulley, M.D., '87
• International Service Initiative by Lars-
Gustavsson, '79, and David Taylor, '66
• Vespers message by Don Keele, Jr., '81
• Church sermon by Ben Maxson, '71
• Southern Exposures: photography
Southern Scholars 30th Anniversary
Black Christian Union Choir Reunion
WSMC Live, featuring Cowboy Jubilee
blue-grass musicians Bill McCallie and
Southern Shuffle (5k/l-mile campus fun
... and more!
Onor UlaSSes: 1941, 1951, 1961, 1966, 1971, 1981, 1986, 1991,2001
For more information, visit
southern.edu/alumni or call 423*236.2830