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Reaching Out 

Students make service part 
of Southern's culture | page 6 


Five-Year President's 

Report I page 32 

istance Learning | 22 Wakeskating Witness | 31 The Prodigal Fathe 





Southern Serves! 

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. 

12 Changed 

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?" 
*paradigm shift!* 

»Hillary Prandl, senior 
mass communications major 

35 Life Groups! So far, soooo goood! 

»Kevin Kibble, 
Assistant Chaplain 

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 

3- >'5WUe. 




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, 

aJfsTi!t[cltsIu llilslnf] 

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- 
edale Church. 

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 

Anthony Whitlow, 
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 

More than 5,000 attendees 
of Southern's 201 1 Spring 
Commencement ceremony sing 
"Happy Birthday" to President 
Gordon Bietz. 

See the video at 

Curling up in bed and falling asleep 
to the sun rising and birds chirping. 

»Sarah Crowder, 
senior public relations major 

Connect With Southern Adventist University: 







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 

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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. 

Ganbare Nippon 

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., 
and they're 
in such a 
the 21 -year- 
old says. "It 
really struck 

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 
Up, Japan." 

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 
disaster relief. 

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- 

"One of 
my goals 

Fall 2011 

[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 
show up." 

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." 

Therapeutic Riding 

From her perch on top of the horse, 
the little girl didn't speak at all. 

She was about 5 years old and 
had autism. 

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. 

Tri-State Therapeu- 
tic Riding Center gives 
children and adults with 
mental, emotional, and 
physical disabilities 
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 
severely disabled 
children into an 
enclosed saddle to 
keep them upright, 
they're always in 
need of an extra 
set of hands. 

When Denise 
Wright first 
became director 
of this Cleve- 
land, Ten- 
nonprofit and 
was in need 
of volunteers, 
she thought 
of Southern. 

"In col- 
lege, I was 
always looking 
for volunteer 

I started contacting the local schools," 
Denise says. 

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," 
she says. 

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, 

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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. 

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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 
anyone's education. 

"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," 
Stevenson said. 

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 
had otherwise." 

Changed Forever 

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 




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 


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. 


Montague's survey: 

• 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." ■ 


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, 
and irritability. 

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 

Fall 2011 



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. 


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- 
ate individuals. 

"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." 



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 
of abuse. 

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 
14 Columns 


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." 




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 
making disciples." 

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. 




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. ■ 

Holly Gadd 

Linda Crumley 

Ken Caviness 


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 


Fall 2011 


life 101 

My Middle 
School Vow 

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 
struck me. 

"You're trying to go above and beyond in every single thing you're 
involved in." 

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. ■ 




[around campus] 

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 
future careers!" 

For more information, please visit — 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- 
ferky said. 

Cafferky already has plans to write a 
business ethics textbook, also from a 
Christian perspective. 

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 

Fall 2011 



[around the nation] 

National Wellness 
Institute Honors 
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 
prove it! 

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 
community wellness, 
couldn't agree more. 
"I am not surprised 
at all," Parrish said. "The 
dedicated work that my 
professors are doing deserves 
high praise." 

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 





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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 

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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 


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[around the nation] 

Student Turns 
Wakeskate Skills Into 
Traveling Outreach 

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. 

Shifted Priorities 

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 
God's Word." 

Wakeskating Witness 

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 
other cultures." 

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 
Kirsten's family. 

"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 

C % 

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 


Fall 2011 


mission minute 

Pig Heads, 
Pirates, and 
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 
next village. 

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- 
pletely change. 

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 
my ears. 

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," 
he said. 

"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. 

Lessons Learned 

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? ■ 

Fall 2011 


Living in 

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," 
Garver said. 

Four Degrees 

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 
in laboratories. 

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 
teacher certification. 

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 
under budget. 

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. 

National Prominence 

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 
for PreviewSouthern. 

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- 
more, Maryland. 

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 
the Messiah. 

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 
their church. 

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. 

Fall 2011 


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 
the future. 

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. 
Jesse teaches 
animation in the 
School of Visual 
Art and Design 
at Southern, and 
Angi is busy at 
home with the 
three children. 

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- 
lando, Florida. 

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 
holiday season. 

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, 
study tours. 

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 
Medical Center. 

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) 
Davidson, '78. 

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 
son, Rene. 

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. 

Spring 2011 


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. 

Unrequited Love 

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) 

Fall 2011 



Our Mission 

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- 
tive lifestyle. 

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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* 

Fall 2011 


Our Achievements 

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. 

Quality Academics 

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 
programs are: 

• 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 
emphases in: 

• 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. 

Ministerial Candidates 

• '06-'07:17 

• '07-'08:12 

• '08-'09:24 

• '09-'10:18 

• '10-'11:21 

Fall 2011 


EGW Institute and Adventist 
Heritage Tours 

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. 

Southern Connections 

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. 

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Southern in Practice 

DNA Lab 

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 
active lifestyle. 

• 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." 

Rainey Park 
authored the 
book Love, 
Kirsten in 

Andy Nash. 

Fall 2011 



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." 

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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 
Red Cross 

• Local churches 

• The Samaritan Center 

Wellness Institute 

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 
creation story. 

• 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 
team-building exercises. 

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Life-Changing Spirituality 

"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 
have been: 

• Argentina 

• Colombia 

• Dominican Republic 

• Ghana 

• Guatemala 

• Honduras 

• India 

• Madagascar 

• Malaysia 

• Nicaragua 

• Philippines 

• Rwanda 

• El Salvador 

• Tanzania 

• United States (Atlanta, 
Dallas, and Houston) 

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Student Missions 

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. 

Student Ministries 

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 

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Small Groups 

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 
and churches. 


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 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- 
centered campus. 


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 

led before. 

"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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Exceptional Facilities 

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. 

Features include: 

• 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 

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Summerour Hall 

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 

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 
academic excellence. 
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) 

Village Market 

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. 

All-Steinway School 

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. 

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Origins Exhibit 

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 
outdoor sanctuary. 

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. 
Highlights include: 

• 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 

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 

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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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Our Future 

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 
student body. 

Spirit-Led Vision 

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 

student success. 

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 

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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 
classroom and 
integrate them 
in their careers, 
ministry, and 
leadership in their 
homes, churches, 
and communities. 

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 

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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 
next decade. 

Check out a video about the power of prayer at 

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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. 

Pedestrian Campus 

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. 

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Vision 20/20: Map of Proposed 
Campus Changes 

Map Legend 



1 Wright Hall 


Talge Hall 


Student Center/ 


Perimeter Road 

2 Hackman Hall 


Hulsey Wellness Center 

Knowledge Commons 


Duck Pond 

3 Summerour Hall 


lies RE. Center 


lies RE. Center Addition 


Turf Field 

4 McKee Library 


Southern Village 


Student Housing 


Passing the Mantle Monument 

5 Spanish- American Church 


Service Buildings 


Student Housing 



6 Herin Hall 


Church (possible future 


Student Housing 

7 Hickman Science Center 

performing arts center) 


Worship Center 

8 Thatcher Hall 


School of Visual Art and Design 

9 Thatcher South 


Outdoor Leadership Center 

and Technology Department 

10 Lynn Wood Hall 



(Plant 1) 

11 DaniellsHall 


Kelly's Garden 


Village Market/Retail 

12 Florida Hospital Hall 


Garden of Prayer 

13 Miller Hall 


Student Park/Goliath Wall 


Campus Green and 

14 Mabel Wood Hall 


McElroy Garden 

Pedestrian Mall 

15 Brock Hall 


Parking Garage 

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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- 

Academic Programs 

Two-Year Degrees 


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 
Architectural Drafting 
Auto Service 
Business Administration 
Construction Management 
General Studies 
Graphic Design 
Engineering Studies 
Media Technology 

-Bible Instructor 

-Literature Evangelist 

Four- Year Degrees 




-Classical Studies 

-Near Eastern Studies 

Art Education 
Biblical Studies 

Biology, Biomedical 

Broadcast Journalism 
Business Administration 
Business Administration/Auto Service 
Business Administration/Public Relations 

Chemistry, Biochemistry 
Clinical Lab Science (Medical Technology) 
Communication Studies Intercultural 
Computer Information Systems 
Computer Science 

-Computer Science 

-Embedded Systems 
Computer Systems Administration 

Wellness Management 

Family Studies 
Film Production 

Financial Management 



Fine Arts 

Graphic Design 
Health, Physical Education, 

and Recreation 
Health Science 

-European Studies 

International Studies 





Liberal Arts Education (K-6 TN/K-8 SDA) 
Long-Term Care Administration 


-General Management 

-Human Resource Management 

-International Business 
Mass Communication 


-Media Production 

-New Media 



Medical Laboratory Science 

-Music Theory and Literature 

-Music Performance 

Music Education 
Nonprofit Management 


-International/Community Relations 

-Nonprofit Leadership 

Outdoor Emergency Services 
Outdoor Leadership 

-Adventure Therapy 


-Cultural Interpreter 


-Outdoor Ministry 

-Public Relations/Advertising 


Pastoral Care 



Public Relations 
Religious Education 
Religious Studies 
Social Work 
Sports Studies 

-Human Performance 





-Public Relations/Advertising 

Technical Animation 

One-Year Certificates 

Auto Service Technician 
Bible Worker 

Graduate Degrees 

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 
-Post-Master's Certificate 

-Master of Science in Counseling 


-Master of Ministry 
-Master of Arts 


-Master of Science in Education 
-MSEd — Outdoor Education 

Social Work 
-Master of Social Work 

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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 Given 
















Total Amount of Scholarship 
Money Granted* 


Total Granted 











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 

Financial Aid 

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 

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Student Missionary and Task Force Worker 
Placements During the Past Five Years 





Atlanta, GA 




Auburn Academy, WA 



Shenandoah Valley 


El Salvador 


Academy, VA 

Bass Memorial Academy, MS 





Foster Memorial Church, NC 


Sunnydale Academy, MO 

Blue Mountain Academy, PA 

Fountainview Academy, 

Marshall Islands 



British Columbia 

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 


New Zealand 


Campion Academy, CO 




Central California Conference 






Ozark Academy, AR 

Union Springs Academy, NY 


Hawaiian Mission Academy, HI 


United Kingdom 


Highland Academy, TN 

Papua New Guinea 

Upper Columbia Academy, WA 

Costa Rica 



Wisconsin Academy, Wl 

Czech Republic 

Hong Kong 



Dakota Academy, ND 





Indian Creek Camp, TN 


Duluth, GA 


lliiriiiffi tho noet fiiro 1100 


pe Cnnthom hoe cant 

AQH etiifiont miccinnari 

and task force workers around the world 

Fall 2011 


Financial Details 

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. 





FY 2010 

FY 2011 


Operating Cash 
and Investments 
















Other Assets 
















Plant 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% 

Total Liabilities 
and Net Assets 


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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. 





















Plant Fund/Other 







Total Increase/ 
(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. 







Current Ratio 







Consolidated Financial 







Percent NAD Working 







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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. 


4.3% ^ 





^B Tuition & Fees 
^ft Church Grants 
^p Contributions & Grants 
^ft Endowment Income 

Investment Income 


Independent Operations 
^k Sales & Service 

Other Income 

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. 





9.4% \ 

6.9% 0.8% 

^B Instructional 
^fe Public Service 
^ft Academic Support 

Student Services 


^fe Independent Operations 


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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 

Non-Profit Organization 


PERMIT NO. 1114 
Chattanooga TN 

Join Us for 
Alumni Homecoming 

Weekend 2011 

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. 

Homecoming Highlights: 

• 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 
Reunion Supper 

Black Christian Union Choir Reunion 
Gospel Concert 

WSMC Live, featuring Cowboy Jubilee 
blue-grass musicians Bill McCallie and 
Fletcher Bright 

Southern Shuffle (5k/l-mile campus fun 

... and more! 

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