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Small Group, 
Big Impact 

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10 Why Our Nursing Students Are so Excited | 12 Alum 


Snow Day! 

After eight inches of snow, classes w 
for two davs at Southern Adventist Ur 

Students took advantage of the rare snow by 
building snowmen and igloos, sledding, and 
enjoying a campus-wide snowball fight. 

"When I woke up in the morning, I saw all the 
snow and I was super excited," says Smirna Paz, 
freshman mass communication major from Florida. 
"I did everything you could do on a snow day." 

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6 | Small Groups 

on a Growing Campus 

As Southern's enrollment breaks the 3,000 mark, 
the university is keeping a small-campus feel with 
Life Groups. 

10 An Energizing Environment 
for Nurses 

Nursing students are now learning in a large modern 
classroom building. Check out some of their favorite 
features of this new learning space. 

12 Alumni Homecoming 
Weekend 2010 

Who attended the last Alumni Homecoming 
Weekend? Check out our photo album to see if 
you spot any familiar faces. 

16 Southern Put in Jeopardy*. 

But no one's complaining. In fact, there's been a 
lot of cheering for the student who thrust Southern 
into the national spotlight and pulled the campus 



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Professor Inspiration 


Life 101 




Mission Minutes 


On the Move 


The Word 

Spring 2011 

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Volume 63 Number 1 

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Portraying the Past 

Sherrie (Piatt) Williams', 
'93, lifelong fascination 
with the Civil War time 
period grew when she 
observed a reenacting 
class, The Common Soldier 
of the Civil War, at Southern. 
Having participated in reen- 
actments for more than 1 3 
years, Sherrie (along with her 
husband, Baron, '88, and son, 
Dakota) posed for an authen- 
tic family Civil War portrait in 
September 2010. The image 
was captured by the reaction 
of light hardening silver on an 
iron plate (called "wet-plate 
photography"), just as photos 
were made 1 50 years ago, re- 
sulting in an authentic-looking 
Civil War image. 

Photo by Wendell Decker 


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A competitor takes part in the annual Southern 6 race on the 
Biology Trail, 

An early spring blossom graces Southern's campus with its 



new media 

Got fully accepted to Southern 
Adventist University today. I'm 
terrified ... V lol 

»Katie Stricklin, future student 

Got the first copy of my book today. 

»Rainey Park, '10 

Recent graduate Rainey Park 
just published the book Love, 
Kirsten, about student missionary 
Kirsten Wolcott, who was 
murdered in Yap. Visit 
to order your own copy. 

Found out a book I co-authored in 
1998 is still generating royalties after 
being translated into Spanish ... viva 
South America! 

» Victor Czerkasij, '83 

Referring to The Ride of Your Life, co-authored by 
Andy Nash, '94, and Alex Bryan, '93 

Leading animation industry blog 
Cartoon Brew featured this short 
film by senior animation student 
Robin George. The film, called 
"Tezcatlipoca," is a beautiful retell- 
ing of an ancient Aztec legend. 

See the film at 





Students placed a "Gordon Bietz" snowman in front of iconic 
Wright Hall, 

Southern Adventist 
University puts on some 
great programs, but today's 
Renewal church service knocked it 
out of the ballpark! OUTSTANDING 

»Nathan Lewis, junior 
communication major 

There is nothing like sitting in class 
& knowing God is speaking directly 
to you through a teacher's lecture! 

»Heather Dappolonia, 
junior film production major 

Today was my last day here in 
Chattanooga. I've had a lot to think 
about these past couple of days, 
getting to reflect on my past 
life here at Southern, all the 
mistakes I made, the 
memories I've created. I 
just can't believe it. I'm 
leaving this place forever. 

It's an incredible feeling, having 
people who like to be around you 
just for the sake of being around 
you. I'm so privileged, lucky, 
blessed, whatever you want to call 
it. When I first came to this school, I 
didn't know anyone. Period. I knew 
that I wanted to be a film major only 
because I really, really liked movies. 
That was it. I had never filmed 
anything, made any movies on my 
own, or anything like that. I was 
completely walking blind into this 
thing. But now, I've got this ... I 
don't even know the words that 
can describe it ... family. We've 
eaten, hung out, cried, complained, 
laughed, road tripped, camped, 
danced, longboarded, swam, and 
hiked together. And now, just like 
that, I'm gone. 

Every single person I've met has, 
in some way, impacted me and 
helped me be who I've become. 
And for that, it's my turn to say 
thank you. Thank you for your kind- 
ness, thank you for your friendship. 
»Theo Brown, '10 

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By Angela Baerg, '06 

Southern celebrated a milestone 
at the start of this academic year 
when, for the first time, enrollment 
surpassed 3,000. Exciting as this is, 
a larger student body brings with it 
a new challenge: how to keep our 
student community close-knit. 


To tackle the challenge of a growing 
university, Southern's Chaplain 
Brennon Kirstein declared a campus- 
wide effort "to make Southern smaller," 
not in the number of students, but by 
keeping students connected through 
"Life Groups." These small Bible study 
groups meet weekly to enrich lives 
through fellowship and study. This 
semester, more than 20 Life Groups are 
gathering across campus. 

The motto of Southern's Life Groups 
ministry is: "No need to knock. When 
you're part of this small-group family, 
the door is always open." 

Let's take them at their word and 
drop in on a few groups now. 


Southern's Life Groups all share one common goal: to make God relevant to students' lives. 

Testimonies to the Church 

Smoothies whir in the blender as the 
front door clicks open and shut, usher- 
ing cheerful voices and happy footsteps 
into the house. It's Friday evening, and 
participants of the Testimonies to the 
Church Life Group are arriving for their 
regular study time. 

Junior pre-physical therapy major 
Ricky Irizarry, the group's leader, got his 
first taste of small-group life his fresh- 
man year when he attended a small 
group in his resident assistant's room. 

When Ricky got his own place off 
campus, he knew he wanted to host a 
small group to recreate those powerful 
experiences. It's evident that the college 

students sprawled across his living room 
furniture feel this study group is their 
home away from home. 

The room is full now, and Ricky sig- 
nals that he's ready to begin. Smoothie 
sips grow silent as the group starts to 
read from the testimonies. Each person 
takes a paragraph as they go around the 
circle until someone sees something he 
or she wants to discuss. The conversa- 
tion may run for one minute or fifteen, 
depending on how much the group 
has to say. Although all of the group's 
studies are uplifting and beneficial, one 
night in particular stands out in the 
memory of April McNulty, a junior 
social work major. 

"We were studying the death of Jesus 
on the cross and how the pain He went 
through was far more than physical 
pain," she shares. "Somehow talking 
about it helped us realize on a deeper 
level how powerful what He did for us 
still is for our lives." 

As questions and thoughts are shared, 
the atmosphere is open, respectful, 
and non- judgmental. Before the group 
knows it, it's time to go. Vespers will be 
starting shortly at the church, and the 
students head for their cars. 

For junior nursing major Bethany 
Werner, the benefits of being part of a 
small group extend far beyond Friday 
night. "Our small group," she says, 

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"helps remind me of my true priorities 
and holds me accountable." 

See the Unseen 

"Elijah and the chariot of fire!" 

"The apostles at Pentecost!" 

"Jonah and the whale!" 

As the guessers call out Bible stories, 
the students up front frantically shake 
their heads and continue to act out 
their challenging charade: Paul and 
Silas being released from prison. Finally 

melted away. She and her co -leader, 
Michael Gee, had planned to keep 
the meetings to half an hour so con- 
versation wouldn't die out and people 
wouldn't lose interest, but they were in 
for a surprise. 

"At first I tried to end it after half an 
hour, but everyone wanted to keep on 
going," she says. "Students at Southern 
have the option of using Life Groups for 
worship credit, but many of our mem- 
bers are attending regularly whether 

Life Groups provide Southern students with a safe place to share and grow spiritually. 

someone guesses it, and the next group 
goes up front. After all the teams have 
taken a turn, sophomore engineering 
major Krystal Anderson, the group 
leader, reveals what all of their charades 
have had in common: the supernatural. 

Having never led a small group be- 
fore, Krystal was nervous about the first 
meeting of See the Unseen. Soon after 
the group began, however, her fears 

they need the credit or not." 

The group's circle of comfy chairs re- 
flects the spirit of the study — a circle of 
faith and friendship. After an icebreaker 
activity, members share honest life 
updates, prayer requests, and testimo- 
nies. Some are happy, and some are sad, 
but all are real. Seeing the same people 
week after week breaks down barriers of 
shyness as members gradually open up 
to one another. 

"When I joined, I was looking for a 
group where I could talk freely about 
religious things that don't often come 

up in everyday conversation," says 
sophomore engineering major Jonathan 
Sackett. "I found that with this group." 

See the Unseen's members study 
the abstract things that are all around 
us — those things we cannot see but 
that deeply impact our lives, such as 
the depth of God's power and the 
Great Controversy. 

"Talking about issues with your peers 
helps you realize how real they are," says 
sophomore pre-dietetics major Emily 
Lambeth. "The group has made me 
think more deeply about how powerful 
God is and how powerful the devil can 
be and how I need to be ready to stand 
up against evil." 

It's been dark outside for hours, but 
the students don't care. Long after Krys- 
tal and Michael's tentative 30-minute 
time limit, the members thoughtfully 
emerge from the Student Center, head- 
ing toward their cars for a late Tuesday 
night run to Sonic, where their fellow- 
ship continues. 

"Spending time studying with oth- 
ers has moved my friendships from a 
superficial level to a spiritual one," 
shares Krystal. "It's really great because 
when you're struggling, you know you 
have other people who are moving in 
the same direction who can help you on 
your spiritual journey." 

Discipleship Studies 

Mouthwatering potato soup steams 
in the kitchen as tired college students 
stream in through the front door. It has 
been a long day for all, but they're about 
to get a double-shot of nourishment — 
both physical and spiritual. 

Heads bow for prayer, and then a line 
forms in the kitchen, where soup is gen- 
erously ladled into ready bowls. Junior 
accounting major Steven Mercer, the 
group leader, believes spiritual hunger 
runs just as deep as physical hunger. 

"My goal for my group is that ev- 
eryone who attends will take their 
relationship with God more seriously," 


says Steven. Once the food is gone 
and bellies are full, group members 
debrief on their week and share prayer 
requests. For many of the students, such 
as sophomore engineering major Jeremy 
Mercer, small groups are a totally new 

"I like the whole concept," Jeremy 
shares. "It's an hour of my week when 
I take a break from life. I relax with 
friends, and we learn more about God's 
word together." 

Prayer requests are finished now, 
and the study begins. The topic var- 
ies weekly, and this week's discussion 
is about the delicate balance between 
grace and works. Verse by verse, the 
group wades through James 2, searching 
for the individual applications God has 
for each of their hearts. 

Junior pre-physical therapy major 
Coty M alone recently transferred to 
Southern from a public university, 
searching for more spirituality. He knew 
only a few people when he arrived, and 
Steven invited him to join Discipleship 
Studies Life Group. "At my old univer- 
sity, I basically just went to class and 
then went home because everyone else 
went out and partied," he remembers. 
"This small group has helped me grow 

Coming Soon! 
Life Groups 2.0 

Next year, the Life Groups experi- 
ence on Southern's campus will 
become even more powerful as these 
groups continue to multiply, providing 
more worship options for students as 
a carefully planned, intentional part of 
Southern's master plan. 

In Life Groups 2.0, Campus Min- 
istries will hire student leaders with 
more training, accountability, and a 
detailed job description to help take 
Life Groups to the next level. 

spiritually, and that's why I came to 

Although church and vespers are 
very important, being surrounded by 
unfamiliar people at large events can 
leave one feeling alone. By contrast, it 
is hard to be invisible in a small group 
where you are asked to read aloud, 
share about your week, and discuss your 
thoughts on Scripture. 

"Hearing a sermon is one thing, but 
stumbling upon an idea on your own in 
the Bible and verbally and prayerfully 
exploring it is another thing completely," 
Steven explains. "You're forced to en- 
gage in thinking about it, and when the 
evening is through, it will be more yours 
and ultimately have a greater impact on 
your life." 

Women of Spirit 

"What is threatening your peace 
right now?" 

Senior nursing majors Kristina Dunn 
and Suranny Villamizar, the group's 
co-leaders, pause to give everyone a 
chance to mull it over. A warm breeze 
sweeps back the ladies' hair as pansies 
sway lazily nearby. Rays of sunlight sift 
through the trellis, sucking the week's 
stresses away. The answers come pour- 
ing out: finances, work, school, always 
wanting more. It's hard enough to keep 
fruits and veggies in our daily diets; 
often the fruits of the Spirit are even 
more neglected. 

"That's why Suranny and I created 
this group," Kristina shares. "I attended 
a women's group my freshman year, 
and I really looked up to those seniors. 
When I felt lost, they offered me sup- 
port and guidance." 

The steady munching of hummus and 
pita chips pauses as the ladies bow their 
heads for prayer and begin the study. 

The conversation deepens as the 

students realize that yet again they're 
discussing a topic that has been heavy 
on the hearts of several group members 
this week. Neither Kristina nor Suranny 
knew these ladies' personal struggles 
when they chose this topic, but God 
did. Lizeth Rego, a junior nursing stu- 
dent, was nervous when she transferred 
here last semester. She knew only one 
person. Fortunately, the one person she 
knew invited her to join this group. 

"I came here looking for something 
more spiritual," she says. "I love when we 
study the Word together. It helps me be 
encouraged when I feel like giving up." 

The only problem with the hour the 
ladies spend together each week is that 
it slips away too quickly. Before they 
know it, Kristina is offering a closing 
thought about how they can all apply 
their study to their upcoming week, and 
they are jotting down prayer requests 
in a special journal to remind them 
to follow-up later and see how things 
work out. They close with prayer and 
hug their goodbyes. As they leave, their 
burdens feel lighter somehow. 

"There is nothing like God's word to 
bring just the message you need for that 
day," Kristina says. "God's word is made 
manifest in friendship. Small groups are 
vital so that we can be there for each 
other as we're working through the 
same questions and the same stresses. 
They keep people from slipping through 
the pews." 

If recent trends continue, enrollment 
at Southern will continue to grow — but 
in the meantime so will these small 
groups, making Southern smaller one 
smoothie, charade, bowl of soup, or 
thought-provoking question at a time. ■ 

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Southern Adventist University Opens the Doors of Florida Hospital Hall 

By Ingrid Hernandez, junior business administration and public relations major 

Things have changed dramatically 
since Erica Singh, sophomore 
nursing major, was accepted into 
the nursing program. This semes- 
ter, her first day of classes was 
charged with an energy much different 
than usual. This feeling was present in 
every student and faculty member of 
the School of Nursing. It was finally 
time to start attending classes in Florida 
Hospital Hall. 

Erica purposely waited to enter the 
building until the first day of classes, 
knowing the self-built suspense would 
turn into great surprise. And it did. 
"When I walked inside, my mouth 

dropped and I was in complete awe of 
the design and how big this hall really 
is," says Erica. "I got lost a few times try- 
ing to get to class! But I fell in love." 

Once in the correct classroom, Erica 
found a very enthusiastic professor. It 
was the beginning of a new journey for 
Southern nurses, one that would take 
place in a large, modern facility. 

A Home for Every Dynamic 

The size of the classroom Erica en- 
tered, along with all the other class- 
rooms and tutoring rooms in Florida 
Hospital Hall, provides needed space for 
an extensive curriculum and dynamic 

mentoring program. It also offers better- 
equipped labs and resource centers for 
the popular nursing program. 

The three-story, 33,000-square-foot 
facility differs greatly from the former 
School of Nursing home. The limited 
amount of classroom space in Herin 
Hall had forced nursing classes to spread 
out among various parts of campus 
for years, with students traveling from 
building to building to get their assign- 
ments done. 

"The fact that all the utilities of 
the program are in one building really 
makes the new building effective," says 



Emulating the Energy of a Hospital 

In Florida Hospital Hall, the skills 
lab is more than a room with beds; it is 
a lab in which students learn real-life 
hospital procedures. 

When sophomore nursing major 
Jeremy Pastor first saw the skills lab, he 
exclaimed, "Ten beds each with a sink? 
That's crazy!" He was happy to find that 
the lab was adequately equipped for a 
growing nursing program. 

Erica loves the lab because the space 
and technology remind her of an actual 
hospital floor. 

Checking off the 
topics discussed dur- 
ing her final skills 
lab review, Erica 
prepares for the 
actual application of 
her skills. Instructors 
relate stories from 
real hospital situa- 
tions, making the 
review a practical 
experience for eager 
students. Once the 
review is done, Erica 
and her classmates 
leave their chairs 
and walk to the beds. 

On this particular day, the group 
is instructed to use the instruments 
located above the heads of the beds to 
check their partner's eyes and ears. The 
fascination is quickly noted as students 
experiment with various focal and light 
combinations. The lab instructor en- 
courages their curiosity, suggesting they 
alternate between partners with dark 
and light eyes. 

Once a semester, students are 
required to participate in a four-hour 
simulation. With the control rooms in 
Florida Hospital Hall, instructors can 
now control the simulation dummy, Mr. 
Sim, from a distance while they ob- 
serve students checking vital signs and 
administering medication. 

Students also benefit from the build- 

ing's learning resource center, which is 
used for research, testing, and review. 
"It's a big difference," says Jeremy. 
"The learning resource center is literally 
on the same floor as the professors' of- 
fices." Jeremy appreciates being able to 
easily ask questions when he needs help. 

Enthusiasm and Increasing Opportunities 

With resources that support an easy 
transition from classroom to workplace, 
the School of Nursing can continue to 
produce quality nurses. And with more 

Students attend a lecture in one of Florida Hospital Hall's state-of-the-art classrooms. 

room, Southern can accommodate 
the continued rise in enrolled nursing 

Students interested in a career in 
nursing can continue to look at South- 
ern's School of Nursing as a top choice. 
A larger facility represents more space 
for the eager students wanting to learn 
and grow in the nursing program. 

The nursing students' increased 
chances of getting into the program 
only make the faculty happier. With 
a building like Florida Hospital Hall, 
there is nothing but excitement over a 
growing nursing family. 

"We are so happy," says Barbara 
James, D.S.N. , dean of the School of 
Nursing, "to be a family under one roof 
again." ■ 

Charlene Robertson (right) shares a moment with Barbara James, dean of the 
School of Nursing, at the groundbreaking for Florida Hospital Hall. 

Making Charlene Robertson's 
Dream a Reality 

A passionate woman of service, former 
Nursing Professor Charlene Robert- 
son spent most of her life dedicated 
to the nursing field. Active in the push 
for a new building from the start, 
Robertson served as the original chair for the 
multimillion-dollar Campaign for Health and 
Healing, a building project for the Hulsey Well- 
ness Center and Florida Hospital Hall. 

Robertson died in 2009 and was thus un- 
able to see the campaign completed. In an 
emotional speech during the grand opening of 
Florida Hospital Hall, Charles Robertson spoke 
of his loving, devoted wife. 

"All through our marriage she worked as 
a nurse, and I was so proud of her nursing 
skills that I bragged she could step into any 
position in the hospital and do it well," he says. 
"She was happy to be chosen to serve as the 
original chairperson for the committee to raise 
money for this building." 

Robertson shared the vision for Florida Hos- 
pital Hall with anyone who would hear it. 

"Florida Hospital Hall continues our tradition 
of key building projects," says Franklin Farrow, 
member of the Committee of 1 00, a group 
that has served Southern for over 45 years. 

Huldrich and Marion Kuhlman left their 
estate to the Christian education in which they 
so firmly believed. "It's a beautiful, gorgeous 
building," says their daughter Beverly Kinney. 
"Southern nursing students now have more 
opportunities than they did years ago." 

Thanks to the dedicated vision that so many 
shared with Robertson, the new building is 
open and serving the needs of future nurses. 

"This was a dream come true for Charlene," 
says Kathy Schleier, current campaign chair. 
"She wanted these nurses to go out and show 
their light because it was so important to her." 

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J Darlene (Peterson) Schmidt, 
I attended, prepares to enjoy a 
tasty meal with friends at the So- 
Mi-Conian supper, a dinner held 
in honor of those who attended 
Southern Missionary College 
between 1956-65. 

2 Bruce Coston, '83, 
hosted a book signing 
during the weekend for his 
book Ask the Animals. 

3 Andrew Mashchak, '00, 
takes a pre-race rest before 
running the Southern Shuffle 
Moonlight 5K Saturday night. 

A Alumni and former and 
^T current nursing faculty take 
a guided tour through the new 
Florida Hospital Hall during the 
departmental open house tour 
Sabbath afternoon. 

5 Volunteer Larry Kuhn helps 
an alum's son roast an 
apple during the Kids Fallfest 
Saturday evening. 

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6 Richard Garey, '68, per- 
formed as Mark Twain for 
the Saturday evening program in 
lies P.E. Center. Garey has trav- 
eled internationally performing 
as Twain. 

7 [not an alumni event] 
The same Sunday as alumni 
weekend, Advancement held the 
Stakeholder's Brunch, an oppor- 
tunity to thank donors and share 
the results of their generosity. 

As attendees made their 
way to the Presidential Banquet 
Room for the brunch they were 
greeted by several schools 
and departments showcasing 
students' work. 

8 Alumni study a display of 
Southern memorabilia in 
the Heritage Museum in Lynn 
Wood Hall. 

PJeannette Frick, senior 
financial management 
major, speaks with Ruth Merkel, 
the author of Hannah's Girls, 
during the alumni author fair 
at McKee Library on Sunday. 

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7/^ Lauren Sigsworth, 
I \s junior biology major, 
cuts the tape in front of the 
new DNA lab, signifying its 
official opening during the 
departmental open houses on 
Sabbath afternoon. 

1 1 Jeanne (Denski) Norskov, 
I I '78, arranges quilt 
squares before sewing them 
together during the alumni fiber 
arts display and workshop 
event. Alumni also displayed 
quilts and bags on the walls. 

1 O Eric Rasmussen, '02, 
I ^. returned to campus to 
play the organ during alumni 
weekend's Evensong program 
assisted by Mindy (Myers) 
Burgin, '98. 

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Spring 2011 








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No complaints-just cheers-for the student who thrust Southern 
into the national spotlight and pulled the campus together 

Excitement fills the air as some of the brightest 
students in the country gather in the studio 
lobby. There are the expected contenders: Yale, 
Notre Dame, UCLA. . . . But as the elevator doors 
open for the sixth time, eyes squint to read the 
sweatshirt identifying the eager-faced contestant. 

"Southern Adventist University — where is 

For two weeks, the quiet campus known 
mostly for its spiritual focus displayed its academic 
strength on the national stage as senior biochem- 
istry major Hans von Walter appeared on the 2010 
Jeopardy! College Championship. 


At the age of 7, while watching Jeopardy! with 
his uncle, Hans decided that one day that would 
be him standing behind the Jeopardy! podium, 

buzzing in with questions to the challenging answers presented by 
Alex Trebek. 

Hans did have a knack for trivia, a knack that put him in the Na- 
tional Geography Bee as an eighth grader. Winning the geography bee, 
Hans became the pride of Walker Memorial Academy and the entire 
Florida Conference. "No way could I have made it there without God," 
the eighth-grader told Florida Focus. "Everything happens for a reason." 

Six years later, Hans carries this same philosophy. Though he experi- 
enced temporary disappointment a year ago after being cut right before 
the final contestant pool was selected for Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, 
Hans sees that it was part of God's timing. 

"If I had made those," Hans says, "I would have been ineligible for the 
college tournament." 

The Premiere Episode 

In a nail-bitingly close competition, the first round of the champion- 
ship left Hans in third place, but with a score high enough to leave him 
hopeful that he might earn a wild card slot for the semifinals. 



Since the two-week tournament was 
taped over the course of a couple days, 
Hans didn't have to wait very long to 
find out that he was indeed moving 
on — but everyone else would. 

As Southern's administration began 
planning a watch party upon Hans' 
return to campus, Hans was nervous 
about how the students would react to 
him not winning in the first round. He 
didn't expect that the viewing party, 
advertised mostly by word of mouth, 
would become the event of the year. 
The packed-to-capacity Dining Hall 
came to life with football-game-like 
cheering when Hans' image appeared 
on the screen. 

During the next 30 minutes, school 

AlexTrebek introduced Hans von Walter — and Southern 
Adventist University — to the world. 

spirit overflowed as students, faculty, 
staff, and local media shared in Hans' 
jeopardy! journey. For the first half of 
the game show, Hans carried a dominat- 
ing score. 

"As I was watching Hans, my school 
spirit was gaining by the second," recalls 
Marc Grundy, associate vice president 
for Marketing and Enrollment Services. 
"I kept excitedly thinking how everyone 
would see firsthand that students from 
our little Adventist university can easily 
measure up quite well to students from 
the elite universities." 

But then came the Double Jeop- 
ardy round. One of the categories was 
"Rap Music." Hans didn't buzz in for a 
single question in that category, and his 

competitors gained on him. But instead 
of being disappointed, many viewers 
beamed with an even greater pride for 
the university's representative. 

"I couldn't be more proud that Hans 
had more important things to do with 
his time than to listen to music like 
this," says Grundy. "I felt like Hans 
not only represented Southern and our 
academic excellence extremely well, 
but more importantly, he represented 
the heart and mission of Southern — to 
be in the world, but not of the world; to 
know answers to questions that actually 
mean something." 

In the end, the final scores came 
down to the amount each contestant 
betted in the Final Jeopardy round. 
Hans came in third, but with a very 
respectable score. 

When Hans admitted to a friend that 
he had feared everyone would be disap- 
pointed, the friend responded, "Hans, 
I didn't come to the viewing party to 
watch you win. I came to watch you be 
on Jeopardy!" 

That seemed to be the reaction of 
everyone on campus, as for the next 
few days Hans was flooded with posi- 
tive comments from students about his 
Jeopardy! experience — even though no 
one yet knew he would move on to the 

"You confirmed my decision to come 
to Southern," one freshman told him, 
admitting that she hadn't been com- 
pletely sure if Southern was the right 
university for her until seeing Hans' 

A Grand Finale 

Finally, the news became public that 
Hans had moved on to the semifinals, 
and students gathered to watch again — 
this time in a game that he dominated 
to the end. Winning in the semifinals 
round, Hans went on to the two-episode 
championship finale. 

By the end of the first episode, Hans 
held a score of negative $6,000 and 

was unable to participate in the Final 
Jeopardy round. Despite an amazing 
comeback during the second episode of 

"Opportunities like 
these provide an 
incredible chance 
to witness" 

—Hans von Walter 

the finale, Hans never quite caught up 
with his teammates, placing third in the 
2010 Jeopardy! College Championships. 

Leaving with $25,000 and 14 new 
friends who have a new respect for 
Southern, Hans says he wouldn't 
change a thing. 

"I don't regret any one part of my 
experience," says Hans. "I was glad to 
represent Southern and the Adventist 
name. Opportunities like these provide 
an incredible chance to witness." ■ 

To see a clip of the viewing party, go to 

'hat Are the Odds' 


ending a Hand 

One of the most popular Community 
Service Day projects this year consis 
of animal care, running the gift shop, 
cleaning, and other various tasks at the 
Chattanooga Zoo at Warner Park. Crysta 
Case, sophomore film production major 
who was one of more than 500 partici- 
pants in this annual Community Service 
Day, made sure Sydney the camel was 
given proper care and attention. The zo 
one was one of more than 30 sites tc 
benefit from Southern students' serv 
on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. 




Professor Haluska brings his passion for life — and faith — to every class. 


By Deanna Moore, junior mass communication major 

I realized it was going to be a tough semester after my first day of class. 
My time was crowded with work and school, and my stress levels were 
maxed. Assignments were building up, including a profile piece for my 
magazine and feature writing class. I decided to write an article about 
my English literature professor, Jan Haluska, Ph.D. When I made an ap- 
pointment with him, I was hoping I could get some information and get 
it fast. Instead, I came out of his office with a new sense of what it means 
to trust in God completely. 

A Worthy Slogan 

Colonel Harry Flint was the leader of the U.S. 39th combat team dur- 
ing World War II. His use of radical strategies turned his ordinary unit into 
something extraordinary. Flint's famous slogan, A-A-A-0, was written on 
every vehicle, weapon, stove, tent — everywhere in his camp. Anything- 
Anywhere- Anytime-Bar None (A-A-A-0). 

Jan Haluska, chair of the English Department, wrote the symbol 
A- A- A-0 on a piece of scratch paper, passed it to me from across his 
desk and leaned back. Haluska has a background in the military and al- 
though he didn't serve in Flint's team, he identifies with this motto. 

In August 2009, Haluska was diagnosed with prostate cancer. He com- 
pares the experience of finding out he had cancer to having a tooth pulled 
as a child. "There was a moment of shock, and you could still taste the 
blood, and you could put your tongue in there. It was like that moment of 
shock. It wasn't like I was going to fall on the floor, but there was a mo- 
ment that I knew it had hit." 

Though He Slay Me 

The cancer grew quickly and Haluska knew he needed to take steps 
immediately. He contacted a doctor at an internationally known organi- 
zation, but had to wait for his medical records to arrive so the physician 
could review his case. After four torturous weeks of uncertainty, he was 
faced with another obstacle: the doctor called and said he wouldn't take 
the case because Haluska was too old. 

"It occurred to me to see this as a test," Haluska said to me. "God was 
saying, 'Will you trust me with your life? If nothing happens and you don't 
know why, will you still keep your faith?'" 

Dr. Haluska stared at me from across his desk. The walls leaned in close 
as if to hear me answer the question. I felt intimidated until he went on, 
answering his own question. 

"I found that, yes, I'll be faithful. 'Though he slay me I will trust him.'" 

The Wilderness at Sinai 

The phone rang, interrupting our conversation. 
"English Department, Haluska. Hello Sherry, how 
are ya?" I tried not to eavesdrop, but while he spoke 
I couldn't help realizing that Haluska isn't just my 
strict professor; he's someone's neighbor, friend, hus- 
band. He hung up the phone and resumed his story, 
which was quickly becoming an eye-opening reality, 
not just another Tuesday morning lecture. 

Haluska said that learning his case wouldn't be 
accepted was the hardest time for him and his wife 
during his fight with cancer. That night they talked 
to their neighbor, who knew the woman in charge 
of scheduling at Memorial Hospital. She called her 
contact and found out that the top oncologist in 
Chattanooga had a cancelation the next morning 
and was able to see Haluska. The doctor researched 
his case and decided radiation was the best course of 
action to take. 

"After four weeks in the wilderness at Sinai, the 
next day everything fell into place," Haluska said. 
"It's like you walk toward a wall, and suddenly it 
opens up to be a door, and it's an escalator, and you 
don't even have to walk — everybody does it for you. 
That's where I saw the hand of God. I think the 
hand of God was first of all in the wilderness: 'Okay 
how's your faith?'" 

A Continuing Battle 

Three months later the doctor performed laparo- 
scopic surgery to remove the tumor and ran tests to 
see if the cancer had spread. Out of 1 2 lymph nodes 
one came back positive for cancer, indicating a 70 
percent chance that it had spread to the rest of his 
body. The battle wasn't over, but Haluska had a new 
peace and confidence. Thinking about how far God 
has brought him, Haluska sits back and smiles. 

"It starts with saying, 'I'm yours and I'll do 
anything that you want.'" Any thing- Any where - 
Anytime -Bar None. Cancer or no cancer, Haluska 
was choosing to trust God. 

As I walked out of Haluska's office, I let his words 
sink in. I want that kind of faith — faith that will 
enable me to put complete trust in God so that no 
matter what I'm faced with I can look to Him and 
say, "Anything- Any where -Anytime -Bar None." ■ 

Spring 2011 


life 101 



to Place My 


By Carrie Francisco, senior mass communication major 

I walked into my first Communication Research 
class of the semester optimistic about my ability 
to accomplish the tasks ahead. I understood it was 
a tough class, but I knew I could rely on my strong 
work ethic to get me through. 


Only a week into class, that optimism vanished. 
I began to question my ability to get through, 
especially after learning there was a major group 
project that would take the entire semester to 
complete. I am not a fan of group projects where 
you have to rely on others to complete their part 
to attain a good grade. 

Our project topic required at least 30 surveys 
from couples at Southern, a research theory relat- 
ing to our research hypothesis, measurements, and 
a solid paper at least 12 pages long. 

Weeks passed by as I met with my group mem- 
bers, Danielle Quailey and Ingrid Oberholster, to 
work on our research project. As I studied with 
these girls, I began to form friendships I had not 
anticipated. Evenings were spent working on our 
project, brainstorming, and laughing. The more 
time we spent working on our project, the more 
I began to enjoy the camaraderie of the group 

However, due to unexpected setbacks and 
Thanksgiving break, we were behind, with only 
one week left to complete the assignment. We 
didn't even have a survey to give to couples. Even 
after we found a survey to use, I had difficulty 
contacting and scheduling couples to give them a 
survey. Feeling stress starting to cloud my thoughts, 
I began to slowly shut down. I could not fathom 
the end product. 

Sitting on the floor in Ingrid's room with the two girls, I knew we 
were all silently thinking the same thing: how were we going to finish in 
only a week? As we continued to figure out our predicament, Danielle of- 
fered to pray. There we sat praying. Peace seemed to shine on the cloud 
of stress. Again, I was happy to be part of a group, sharing the stress with 
those who knew what I was going through, no explanation necessary. 
Remembering my initial dread and hesitancy to be part of a group, I felt 
silly that my confidence in my abilities was actually an arrogant attitude. 
Fortunately, Danielle and Ingrid were hard workers, and I learned I could 
trust and depend on them. 

We made a plan that included many late nights, but it gave us hope 
that our project would be completed on time. Every night we worked 
relentlessly in our drive to finish — each of us focusing on completing our 
own individual duties. 


Our professor, Linda Crumley, Ph.D., also offered her support and 
encouragement. Understanding our setbacks, she sacrificed her time to 
stay late nights in her office, helping us understand a complex computer 
program that would give us the statistics we desperately needed for the 
measurements section of the paper. Not only did she sacrifice her time, 
but she bought us pizza and fruit for our hungry stomachs. 

Each night, we made progress, and I slowly began to see the final 
product taking shape. The night before our final research paper was due, 
butterflies occupied all of our stomachs. Beginning our final night to- 
gether for this project, we prayed for focus. As the clock ticked by, God 
granted our request to stay focused, and new sentences were added to the 
completion of the paper. Finally, we saw the end product. Exhausted — 
yet ecstatic we were done — none of us had any energy to fully grasp and 
celebrate our success. We finished everything in one week and on time. 

Sighing a breath of relief, I knew this class had taught me more than 
communication research. I learned that I cannot do everything on my 
own, and sometimes it is important to trust in others to help. I also 
realized how blessed I am to have professors who take time to care about 
their students, who offer encouragement, and who are willing to work 
with us. This class pushed me to excel, and learn how to work produc- 
tively with others. These lessons will stay with me even after I graduate 
from Southern. 

Whenever I see Danielle and Ingrid on campus, I think of how our 
hard work, trust in each other, and trust in God helped us to accomplish 
a goal we all thought nearly impossible. ■ 




[around campus] 

Changes in Religion Courses Benefit Students 

Southern implemented new require- 
ments for general education religion 
courses this academic year. Students still 
take 12 hours of religion classes, however 
the new requirements involve students 
taking classes that cover three general 
subject areas: 

• growth and development of 
personal spirituality 

• Seventh-day Adventist identity 

• study and understanding of the 

These three new requirements are 
closely correlated to one of Southern's 
stated learning goals: "Students of South- 
ern Adventist University will grow spiritu- 
ally in a vibrant relationship with the Lord 
Jesus Christ, while integrating into their 
lives Bible-based beliefs and values as 
understood by the Seventh-day Adventist 

Personal Spirituality 

In a desire to be more intentional in 
fulfilling the learning goals, faculty in the 
School of Religion believe that every stu- 

dent should have the opportunity to take 
a class that expounds on how to grow 
and develop a relationship with Jesus— to 
know Him as their personal Lord and 
Savior. By developing this friendship with 

Students outside Hackman Hall, the home of the School of Religion. 

Jesus early in college, students can con- 
tinue to grow their relationship with Jesus 
as they continue through their collegiate 

Adventist Identity 

Sensing that many students did not 
have a basic knowledge of Seventh-day 
Adventist identity and beliefs, professors 

felt that students should take at least 
one class that focused on providing this 
knowledge. Students would then have 
an awareness of what the Adventist 
church holds as important— to have a 
basic foundation in Adventist identity and 
beliefs, especially so they can integrate 
them into their daily lives. 

Understanding Scripture 

Students are also required to take at 
least one class where the Bible is the 
main textbook, so they can learn how to 
study Scripture and experience personal 
spiritual growth as a result. 

With a good grounding in the Bible 
and an understanding of Adventist 
beliefs, students will be able to grow and 
strengthen their relationship with Jesus 
even after they leave Southern. 

"The new curriculum provides a nice 
balance as students move through their 
religion requirements," says Greg King, 
Ph.D., dean of the School of Religion. 
"This makes for a very balanced program." 

— Carrie Francisco 

Schools Celebrate Accreditation Milestones 

The School of Education and Psychol- 
ogy and the School of Social Work 
are both celebrating recent accomplish- 
ments in accreditation. 

Southern's teacher education and 
school counseling programs received full 
accreditation on both the undergraduate 
and graduate levels from the Tennessee 
Department of Education and the Na- 
tional Council for Accreditation of Teacher 
Education (NCATE). 

NCATE approved full accreditation with 
no areas for improvement, a designation 
given to about 2.5 percent of colleges 
examined every year. Special recognition 
was given by NCATE to two areas— as- 

sessment and governance. 

Southern's Master of Social Work pro- 
gram has been granted official candidacy 
status from the Council on Social Work 
Education, putting the program on the 
path to full accreditation. The program 
began in the fall of 201 with more than 
50 students enrolled. 

"Program specific accreditation is an 
important process to identify academic 
quality and areas needing improvement," 
says Vice President for Academic Ad- 
ministration Bob Young. "We are grateful 
to God and the faculty and leadership of 
these academic areas for the outstanding 

Outcome." — Jarod Keith 

Daniells Hall is the home of the School of Social Work. 

Spring 2011 



[around the nation] 

Increasing Retention Contributes to 
Southern's Continued Growth 

Following Southern's recent trend of 
continued growth, more students are 
currently enrolled at Southern than have 
ever before attended during the winter 

A five year report that Southern did on 
the percentage of freshmen not return- 
ing in the winter semester shows that 
the freshmen retention rate increased 
significantly from year to year. In 2007 the 
dropout rate was 1 1 .6 percent; this win- 
ter semester the dropout rate has been 

reduced to 7.6 percent. 

The report concludes that Southern 
Connections, a freshman class that helps 
students to make friendships within their 
major and connect with their professors, 
is one of the many factors that have 
helped keep freshmen into the winter 

With a headcount of 2,890 students 
(2,553 undergraduate and 337 graduate), 
Southern has 1 48 more students than 
were enrolled last year at this time. 

"Ultimately, I be- 
lieve the true reason 

that Southern has been able to retain so 
many students into the winter semester 
is that God is blessing Southern Adven- 
tist University in an abundant way," says 
Marc Grundy, associate vice president 
of Marketing and Enrollment Services. 
"When you continue to keep Christ as the 
focus of your campus and you put your 
trust in Him, He will bless you more than 

you can ever imagine." — Carrie Francisco 

Southern Alum 
Wins Emmy 

With an Emmy Award on her resume, 
Maranatha Hay, '08, is one suc- 
cessful Southern graduate. 

Hay recently won an award for her 
documentary at the 36 th Annual Pacific 
Southwest Emmy Awards in San Diego. 
Surgeons of Hope is an emotional 
short documentary that she 
wrote, directed, and edited. 
The film follows the stories of 
two young children in Nicaragua 
undergoing heart surgeries. 
The 28-minute video was 
produced for Loma Linda 
University by its pub- 
lic relations team. Hay 
took a position as a 
video public relations 
specialist at Loma 
Linda after graduat- 
ing from Southern with 
a degree in broadcast 
journalism. Her job allows 
her to do what she loves most— telling 

"I love telling stories and educating oth- 
ers about what I've learned," says Hay. 
"What makes a story fascinating is the 

Maranatha Hay (left), proudly displays her Emmy Award along with Loma Linda University colleague Patricia Thio. 

human element." 

She credits Southern for preparing her 
to pursue a career in documentary film- 

"At Southern, I learned how to learn," 
explains Hay. "I admired my professors, 
and wanted to emulate them in my pro- 
fessional life." 

Stephen Ruf, one of her professors in 

the School of Journalism and Commu- 
nication, remembers Hay as a motivated 

"She was always enthusiastic about 
looking for the next story," says Ruf. "It's 
a thrill to see her succeed professionally 
and be recognized for the quality of work 

She does." — Jarod Keith 




Students Volunteer with Extreme Makeover: Home Edition 

This February, the Communication Club 
from Southern headed to Rossville, 
Georgia, for a unique experience in vol- 
unteering on the television show Extreme 
Makeover: Home Edition. 

The show provided a home makeover 
for the Sharrock family, whose son has 
brittle bone disease. While volunteers and 
crew worked to build a new home in just 
one week, the Sharrock family was sent 
on vacation to Disney World. 

Students were excited to be able 
to help the family and get a closer 
look at how a television program 
works behind the scenes. 
"This was a cool oppor- 
tunity to have a huge project 
like this to help out the deserv- 
ing family," says Nathan Lewis, 
a junior mass communication major. "It 
doesn't matter if the family ever knows 

that Southern was there, but for 
us it's feeling really good that we 
made a difference for the Shar- 
rock family." 

Including the 25 students from 
Southern, there were 40 volun- 
teers packing up the home and 
moving boxes into storage while 
the home was being worked on. 

"It is important to volunteer our 
time because we go to a Christian 
university and we follow Jesus' 
example in His mission to help 
those in need," says Keith King, a sopho- 
more mass communication major. "It is 
exciting to be involved with a television 
program, but we should take the same 
excitement to the world in other volunteer 
projects we help out with." 

For all involved there was a sense of 
uniting for a great cause, something 


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Students were proud to represent Southern's values as volunteers on Extreme 
Makeover: Home Edition. 

students and professors who participated 
will not soon forget. 

"In participating," says Andy Nash, a 
professor in the School of Journalism and 
Communication, "there was a reminder 
of how the power of a group can make a 
real difference in someone's life." 

— Carrie Francisco 

[around the world] 

Bietz Shows His Support of Students' Literacy Campaign 

Attendance was high for Southern's 
February 10 convocation, not only 
because of the speeches given by 

potential Student Association 
candidates, but also because 
of the hype around campus 
about the changing of 
President Gordon Bietz's 
hair color. 
Bietz agreed to tem- 
porarily dye his hair if the 
students raised $5,000 for "No 
More Thumbprints," a campaign that 
exists to rid the use of thumbprints as 
signatures for those who are illiterate in El 
Salvador. In order to fight this country's 
illiteracy rate, where less than 50 percent 
are able to read and write in many rural 
and poor communities, the campaign is 

supporting "Learning Circles" for elemen- 
tary students to learn basic reading, writ- 
ing, and math skills. 

"Literacy is vital to any community and 
nation," says Bietz. "In order to encour- 
age fundraising for this great cause, I 
agreed to dye my hair." 

Through the support of donations and 
purchases of "No More Thumbprints" 
merchandise on the university's campus 
as well as partnering with the Adventist 
Intercollegiate Association, Southern 
was able to raise more than $5,000 for 
the campaign. In addition, various clubs 
and organizations on campus competed 
in the fundraising process to determine 
Bietz's future hair color. 

Thus, Bietz presented himself with 
purpleish-blue colored hair to a cheer- 

ing crowd 
of students 
Following his 
Bietz spent 
time serving 
food in the 
cafeteria— a 
spectacle for 
everyone to 

"It's inspiring to see that President Bietz 
agreed to dye his perfectly smoothed 
head of white hair," says Jacob Faulkner, 
a senior nursing student. "It shows his 
humbleness and willingness to serve." 

— John Shoemaker 

President Bietz's temporary new look was 
incentive for students' fund-raising effort. 

Spring 2011 


Southern Exchanges Faculty with Argentinean Sister School 

Assistant Professor of English Laurie 
Stankavich takes a green marker 
and begins drawing what looks like an 
overflowing can of chicken noodle soup 
on the board. 

"You've opened a can of worms," says 
Stankavich. "It's controversial." 

The group chuckles. What has been an 
off-topic discussion turns into an oppor- 
tunity to learn a useful English expression. 

Universidad Adventista del Plata (UAP) 
in Argentina for the purposes of learning 
English and fostering friendly relations 
with Southern. 

Learning from Each Other 

In addition to learning a new language, 
the two institutions are also interested 
in learning about each other's organiza- 
tional processes, spiritual and mission 

The Argentinean delegation received valuable instruction and experienced Southern's culture of hospitality. 

Conversations like these, partly in 
English and partly in Spanish, are daily 
occurrences for Stankavich, a seasoned 
ESL teacher. And although the group 
is different every semester— this class 
consists of senior administrators at an 
Adventist university in Argentina— the 
goal of learning English is the same. The 
university administrators are here from la 

activities, and academic programs. So 
far, administrators from Argentina have 
shadowed their American counterparts, 
shared meals with Southern families, and 
attended committee meetings as guests. 

"It's a Small World" 

"We're very happy about this opportu- 
nity," says UAP President Oscar Ramos, 
who was invited by Southern's presi- 
dent to observe the Strategic Planning 

Committee, "because we understand it's 
something that will benefit both institu- 
tions. Our school in Argentina 
has students from all over 
the world— 56 different 
countries. English is very 
important. We want our 
faculty to grow in their 
knowledge of English." 

Southern President Gor- 
don Bietz is excited about the 
faculty exchange program's impact on 
Adventist higher education. 

"It is always a benefit to the church 
when two of its institutions collaborate 
and become familiar with each other," 
says Bietz. "It's a small world, as they say, 
and we need to have more collaboration 
with other institutions." 

This is the second group from Argen- 
tina to come to Southern, and Southern 
is sending its second group in May 201 1 . 
Carlos Parra, Ph.D., chair of the Modern 
Languages Department, is Southern's 
coordinator of the faculty exchange 
program. He says that the program is 
expected to be an annual event. 

"I already have people signed up to go 
to Argentina through 2015," says Parra. 

Back in the classroom, as Stankav- 
ich erases the vocabulary words off the 
board after class, she reflects on what 
makes this ESL class different. 

"It's always fun to teach students that 
are motivated," says Stankavich. "It's 
always a great group to teach." 

— Jarod Keith 





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burritos served to 
participants during 
this year's annual 

Dimmuniiy service ua\ 


square feet of * learning space for nursing 
students in the new Florida Hospital Hall. 

24 Columns 


Alum Serves the God of Creation and ADRA 

That looks similar to something the Ten 
Commandments would be written on, 
thought John Howard as he looked at a 
granite rock carved with engravings, high 
in the mountains of China. 

Translated, the engravings read: "To the 
God of Heaven who created all things, 
help me be an emperor who governs his 
people with your wisdom." 

Now, more than 1 5 years later, Howard 
remembers contemplating the transla- 
tion of the engravings, and the 
countless mission trips he 
took to China while working 
for ADRA. 

Howard's desire to 
become a missionary was 
solidified when he attended 
Southern in 1956. Southern 
opened Howard's eyes to end- 
less possibilities of international service. 

One of these opportunities came to 
light as he read the prayer of the third 
emperor of China engraved in granite. 
After Howard descended down the 
mountain, he was asked by Madam Du, 
development director for the Chinese 
government and leader of the trip, to 
explain the part of the trip he enjoyed the 
most. Howard immediately informed her 
of his extraordinary discovery. 

"What do you mean, the God of Heav- 
en who created all things?" she asked. 

"Madam, the same God of Heaven 
who created all things is the same God of 
ADRA," said Howard. 

The following day, the story made 
several headlines after being picked up 
by the local Chinese media, who gave 
much attention to the fact that the God 
mentioned in the emperor's prayer was 
the same God worshipped by this foreign 

John Howard never hesitates to shine his light for Jesus. 

Christian missionary. 

Thus, the "God of creation" became a 
spark of interest in the hearts and minds 
of countless Chinese people. 

— John Shoemaker 

Visit Southern FREE! 

at a PreviewSouthern event 

Students interested in attending Southern Adventist University are invited to 
bring their families and spend a day getting to know what campus life is like 
during one of the following PreviewSouthern events: 

• April 14-15 (register by April 12) 

• June 9-1 (register by June 7) 

For more information, to register, or to find out about upcoming PreviewSouthern 
events, call 1 .800. SOUTHERN or go online to 

Southern faculty familie 
headed to Universidad 
Adventista del Plata in 

Argentina as part of a cultural 

exchange initiative. 


Morninqstar * Farms breakfast patties 


afeteria last semester 

rhomas Memorial Collection. 

mission minutes 

My God Is 
so Big . . . 

By Byron Rivera, senior psychology major 

Rain. Unexpected, unwanted, rain. 
. While serving as a student missionary in Pa- 
lau, Micronesia, I'd been working with my eighth 
grade students for a month planning a fall festival 
that would put us back on track with our fundrais- 
ing goal. The fall festival was scheduled to take 
place outside because there was no indoor venue 
that would facilitate an event that size. I had 
watched my students put long hours into cooking, 
making posters, and collecting all the miscella- 
neous pieces that would come together to make an 
amazing event. With every hour of work our hope 
and excitement grew, but the unceasing rain was 
methodically deflating our hope and erasing our 

"We did all this work for nothing, Mister!" one 
of my students exclaimed. "What are we going 
to do with all the stuff that we have done? What 
are we going to do with all the food we made? It's 
going to spoil." This relentless stream of negativ- 
ity came from one of my students, Thomas*, who 
seemed determined to torture us. 

Some of the kids dealt with the stress better 
than others, but the seemingly endless rain was 
definitely chipping away at our hopes. 

Getting Holy Bold 

Although our school was an Adventist institu- 
tion, more than 90 percent of my students were 
non-Adventist, and more than three-fourths did 
not go to church at all. This particularly outspoken 
student just happened to be atheist, and his pes- 
simism was spreading like a plague. 

Every time we had worship, Thomas would get 
upset and tell the other students it was a waste of 
time, tell jokes, or try to find ways to be disruptive. 
As a matter of fact, he always had a bad attitude 
about anything that had to do with God. That is 
why I decided to get "holy bold." 

"Do you want to see how big my God is?" I 
asked in a calm, collected voice. Thomas did not 
have anything to say. There was a long moment of 

Byron Rivera attends the banquet he and his students organized with money raised at their Fall Festival. 

silence as he tried to come up with an answer. As I watched this 13 -year- 
old boy struggle, probably for the first time, with the existence of God, I 
told him, "It will stop raining, and we will have our fall festival because 
God is real." 


About three hours before the fall festival was scheduled, the rain 
stopped. The hot Pacific sun dried the school grounds just enough to let 
us set up. 

I wish I had been in the room with Thomas when the rain stopped. I 
would love to have seen the look on his face. 

We were able to have our fall festival, which turned out to be the best 
fundraising event of the year. God blessed our efforts so much that we 
were able to rent one of the nicest restaurants for a banquet, have an 
overnight outing, go on a class trip, get class shirts (for all 34 of us), and 
still leave money for the following year. 

While I'll never know the impact this incident had on Thomas, I did 
see how the experience impacted our grade as a whole. While many of 
my students had believed in God, they hadn't necessarily viewed Him 
as a personal God who was interested in their personal problems. These 
students were encouraged by the answered prayer. 

Another of my students, John*, became particularly hungry for God's 
Word and started staying in during recess to study his Bible. Before I left 
for home at the end of the year, John gave me a verbal gift that was far 
more valuable than any of the money we had raised at the festival. 

"Mr. Rivera," John said, "thank you for introducing me to Jesus." 

Yes, we do serve a big God. ■ 

*Name has been changed. 



on the move 

Ofto Glen Maxson, attended, 
UUO pastors a Hispanic congre- 
gation in Gilbert, South Carolina. 



Delice (Graham) 
Williams, attended, 
recently celebrated her 
91 st birthday. On Nov. 1, 
2008, she was re-baptized 
by her minister and good 
friend Paul LeBlanc, '81. 

Ruth (Risetter) Watson, '43, '45, 
and '49, recently wrote and published 
a book titled Backwoods Girl, a story of 
her experience growing up in the rural 
Knoxville, Tennessee area during the 
early Depression years. 

J? A £^ Fawzi Abu'ELHaj , 

w^JO '55, lives in Riverside, 

California with his wife of 10 years, 
Lois. They are active in 
their local church, enjoy 
attending a Bible study 
group, and like visiting 
family and friends. He will 
celebrate his 80 th birthday 
in May. He enjoyed a visit 

last year with classmate Daniel Loh, 

'55 and '63. 

William "Bob" Catron, attended, 
and his wife, Linda, recently cel- 
ebrated their 44 th wedding anniversary 
in January. He celebrated his 75 th 
birthday this past August, and is 
active with community services in 
Avon Park, Florida. 

Paul "Bill" Dysinger, '5 1 , wrote 
a book titled Health to the People, 
available on and He remains active 
in retirement through his ministry, 
Development Services International, 
which has taken him to more than 
120 countries. His last overseas as- 
signment was in the Ukraine. He and 
his wife, Yvonne (Minchin), live in 
Williamsport, Tennessee. 

Bob, '58, and Glenna (Robinson) 

Ingram, attended, are retired and live 
in Avon Park, Florida. 

Barbara (Eldridge) Klischies, '55, 
is a retired nurse living in Orlando, 
Florida. She volunteers at Florida 
Hospital and Shepherd's Hope, and 
leads out in fellowship programs at 
her church. 

John, attended, and Carol (Smith) 

Palsgrove, '56, live in Avon Park, 
Florida. In December 2010, they 
participated in their first Maranatha 
mission project to build a 230-seat 
church in Yuma, Arizona. 

Marilyn (Biggs) Sykes, '59, is a 
retired teacher and lives in Highland, 
California. She enjoys short-term 
mission trips with ShareHim and Ma- 
ranatha. She has traveled in Europe 
and Australia, and cooked for a fishing 
crew in Alaska. She recently fulfilled 
a 35 -year- long dream of locating her 
mother's grave and visiting a school 
named in her mother's honor. 

Ralph Workman, '56, lives in 
Hendersonville, North Carolina, and 
retired from the U.S. Army in 1980 as 
LTC. He served as a hospital chaplain 
and taught in the Fletcher Nursing 
School. He has been on mission trips 
to Romania and Costa Rica, and is 
working as a part-time chaplain at 
Beystone Health and Rehabilitation. 

Burton Wright, '5 1 , lives in Avon 
Park, Florida, and is the prison chap- 
lain for the Avon Park Church. 

£2flo Annie (Anderson) 

W wO Robinson, attended, is 
a certified alcohol and drug educator 
and lives in Winter Park, Florida. She 
is finishing a degree in mental health 

Judy (Fessler) Bigbie, '69, has 
worked as a nurse at Florida Hospital 
Lake Placid Division for 40 years. She 
lives in Avon Park. 

Jean (Schmidt) Kingry, '63, works 
as a claims assistant at Adventist Risk 
Management in Riverside, California, 
and cares for her elderly parents. She 
has visited Europe and all 50 states of 
the USA. She likes to hike and camp 
in the national parks. She has two 
sons, Dwight Kingry, '92 and '99, 
and Dwayne Kingry, '98. 

Willfried Kowarsch, '65, and his 
wife, Dian, live in Burleson, Texas. 
They have four children and 1 1 
grandchildren. He works for Christian 
Record Services for the Blind. They 
had a great experience serving as mis- 
sionaries last year, teaching English 
and religion in Kwan Ju, South Korea. 

JoAnne (Wassell) Lafever, '66, 
moved to Guam in August 2009 
to work as the educational director 
of Guam Micronesia Mission. She 
supervises 16 schools on 11 islands in 
five countries of Micronesia. 

May (Flory) Pierson, '63, is a retired 
nurse living in Avon Park, Florida. 
She had the unique opportunity to 
perform the wedding ceremony for her 
grandson, Jonathan Sue, attended, 
and his bride, Carrie, in Montana. 

Darleen (Davis) Sanford, '64, 
recently sold her home in Maryland 
and moved to Clermont, Florida. 

Phil, '68, and Pat (Ramsey) Sue, 

'63, are semi-retired and live in 
Adairsville, Georgia. They also 
spend time in Florida and Montana, 
where most of their children and 
grandchildren live. They enjoy riding 
motorcycles, four-wheeling, camping, 
hiking, photography, overland explor- 
ing, and mission trips. 

Larry "Skip" Williams, '67, retired 
in 1999 from sales and moved to 
Jasper, Georgia. He mentors four 
students in the local middle and high 
schools, and teaches tennis on the 
middle school level. He and his wife 
of 28 years, Susan, travel extensively. 

^ff\^ Fred Bischoff, 72, is a 
m ^JO retired physician living in 
Loma Linda, California. He recently 
partnered with the Ellen White Estate 
to produce the new EGW Compre- 
hensive Research Edition CD-Rom. 
His interests include presenting talks 
and writing about Adventist History. 
His website is 

Paul, 78, and Vickie Boling, 78, 

live in Avon Park, Florida, where 
he pastors and she is the Women's 
Ministry director for the Avon Park 
Seventh-day Adventist Church. 

Charles "Charlie" Brown, 77, lives 
in Acworth, Georgia, with his wife of 
nine years, Nancy (Delisle). He is a 
special procedure nurse at Northside 
Pain Center in Atlanta and was nomi- 
nated for excellent nursing by The 
Atlanta Journal-Constitution in 2008. 

Judy (Wright) Clarke, 76, is an 

Employee Clinic nurse for Altamonte 

Hospital in Orlando, Florida. Her 
husband, James Clarke, 76, is the 
Assistant Budget Director for the 
School of Education at the University 
of Central Florida in Orlando. They 
have a daughter, Julie Clarke, '04, 
and a son, Jared. 

Dianne (Bange) Fillman, 77, and 

Noel Fillman, '63, retired in 2006. 
They enjoy mission trips, and have 
served in South America and the Car- 
ribean. They are planning their fifth 
trip to Peru with the Standifer Gap 
Seventh-day Adventist Church. 

Lynn Hayner, 71, is a retired pastor 
living in Onaway, Michigan. He and 
his wife, Lucy, have been married 
for 53 years. He enjoys gardening, 
beekeeping, and assisting in the small 
local church. 

Carmen Miranda, 78, 

obtained an MBA and 

worked with The Gillette 

Company in Boston and 

Procter & Gamble in 

Puerto Rico for a number 

of years. She is a full-time 

mother to her 10-year-old son and is 

also sharing life with her 88-year-old 


Cyndi (Webber) Shook, attended, 
married Tim in 1999. They have par- 
ticipated in short-term mission trips 
to Bolivia with David Gates and are 
considering returning in the future. 

Fred, 70, and Jane (Travis) 
Tolhurst, 70, organized the Grand 
Players Society in the Maryville, Ten- 
nessee, area and recently conducted 
a successful community campaign to 
purchase two Steinway grand pianos 
for the Clayton Center for the Arts 
at Maryville College. 

Theodore Vanderlaan, 78, 

graduated with a Juris Doctor degree 
from the Widener University School 
of Law in May 2010. He lives in 

Jonathan Wentworth, 75 and 76, 

an associate professor in the School 
of Business and Management at 
Southern, recently co-wrote a book, 
Breakeven Analysis: The Definitive 
Guide to Cost-Volume-Profit Analysis 
with professor Michael Cafferky. 

Spring 2011 

on the move 

Phillip, '76, and Debby (Howard) 

Worley, '75, celebrated their 35 th 
wedding anniversary in June 2010. 
They live in Johnstown, Colorado. 
He is a computer teacher for grades 
K-5 and tech consultant for the public 
school district in Milliken. She cares 
for her mother, who has Alzheimer's 
and lives with them. Their two daugh- 
ters attend college. 


Howard, '87, and Beth 
(Stitely) Bankes, '85, 

live in West Virginia. He is director of 
maintenance at Citizens Nursing and 
Rehabilitation in Frederick, Maryland. 
She teaches at Rocky Knoll School in 
West Virginia and was honored as the 
Elementary Outstanding Educator of 
the Year in the Columbia Union Con- 
ference. Their son, Nathaniel, gradu- 
ated from Highland View Academy in 
2010, and their daughter, Emily, is a 
junior there. 

Kelly Bishop, '87 

and '88, received her 
MBA in June, from the 
University of Phoenix 
in Arizona. She holds 
her CTFA designation 
and is a Trust Officer for Glens Falls 
National Bank and Trust Company 
in New York. She lives with her 
grandmother, Lillian Bolton, '62, in 
Bolton Landing. 

Kevin Costello, '87, lives in the Phil- 
ippines and has served for two years 
as associate treasurer of the Southern 
Asia-Pacific Division. He and his wife, 
Teresa, have one daughter, Kiona. 

Penelope Duerksen^Hughes, '82, 

lives with her family in Redlands, 
California. She is assistant dean for 
Graduate Student Affairs at Loma 
Linda University School of Medicine. 
She also conducts research on the 
human papilloma virus. 

JoAnn (Tittle) Ephraim, '88, lives 
with her family in Lake Wales, Flor- 
ida, and is a middle school teacher. 
She and her husband, Louis, recently 
opened a learning center. They have 
two children in middle school, and a 
third who recently graduated from the 
Adventist university in Puerto Rico. 

David, '80, and Becky (Duerksen) 

Gates, '80, have based their ministry, 

Gospel Ministries International, near 
Southern. They are grateful for the 
students who volunteer to serve in the 
mission field around the world. 

Angela Henry, attended, is presi- 
dent and CEO of Alegria Financial 
Management, Inc., a CPA firm that 
provides accounting, tax, and business 
management services for the enter- 
tainment and service industries. She is 
based in the Atlanta, Georgia area. 

Alicia (Rivera) Joy, '82, is an IRB 

coordinator for the Florida Hospital 
Institutional Review Board. She works 
to protect the rights and welfare of 
people involved in research. She has 
a 21 -year-old son, Scott Cook II. 

Kevin Sadler, '86, is the senior 
accountant at Adventist Care 
Centers. His wife, Astrid, is a clinical 
documentation specialist at Florida 
Hospital Waterman. Their daughter, 
Angela Sadler, attended, is 21. 

Maryse (Provencher) Whitsett, 

attended, lives in the Orlando, Florida 
area. Her oldest daughter, Stephanie 
Whitsett, attended, plans to marry 
Christopher Osborne in March 2011. 

AAa Daniel, '98, and Anita 
«JUo (Zinner) Bates, W, live 
in Minnesota. Dan is pastor of the Du- 
luth church district. They have three 
daughters, Keri, Kristin, and Ashley, 
and welcomed a son into the family 
last October. 

Brent Burdick, 

'97, married Angela 
Balfour. During the 
last General 
Conference Session 
he was elected 
treasurer of the 
Euro-Asia Division 
and the couple currently live in 
Russia. They previously lived in 
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, where 
Brent was treasurer for the Manitoba- 
Saskatchewan Conference. 

Scott Eden, '91, was the recipient of 
the 2010 Abbott Nutrition Distin- 
guished Service to ACHCA Award, 
presented by the American College of 
Health Care Administrators, for her 
excellence and leadership as a long- 
term health care administrator. 

Charlie Eklund, '95, serves as a 
missionary for the Himba Project in 
Namibia, Africa. 

Pavel "Paul" Goia, '99, published a 
book titled One Miracle After Another, 
an account of his experiences during 
Communist rule in Romania. Ralph 
Hendershot, '62, sponsored Paul 
and his family to come to the United 
States 1 2 years ago. Paul currently 
serves as a pastor in Wisconsin. 

Christie (Ancil) Harrington, '98, 
works in financial services and oper- 
ates her own business in Anchorage, 
Alaska. She and her husband, Dave, 
are expecting their first child this fall 
and will celebrate their 10 th wedding 
anniversary in May. 

Debbie (Parson) Hill, '97, is married 
to Pastor Glenn Hill. They live with 
their two sons, Austin, 14, and Jason, 
7, in Darien, Illinois. She is a hospital 
chaplain at Adventist Midwest Health. 

David, '95, and Marquita (Counts) 

Klinedinst, '94, live in Lincoln, Ne- 
braska. He is an evangelist, personal 
ministries director, lay trainer, and 
speaker. Information is available at 

Allan Martin, 

'90, serves on the 
pastoral team at 
the Arlington 
Seventh-day Ad- 
ventist Church in 
Dallas-Fort Worth. 
He mentors, engourages, and chal- 
lenges the 400 young- adult members. 
Previously, he was associate professor 
of discipleship and family ministry at 
Andrews University Adventist Theo- 
logical Seminary in Berrien Springs, 

Quentin, '92, and Kimberly (Sig* 
mon) Purvis, '90, live in Anchorage, 
Alaska, where he is vice president of 
the Alaska Conference of Seventh- 
day Adventists and she teaches grades 
1-4 at Anchorage Junior Academy. 
They have two daughters: Katie, 17, 
and Kaila, 11. 

Elisa Rahming, '99, lives in 
Altamonte Springs, Florida, and was 
recently promoted to under treasurer 
for the Florida Conference. 


Luc, '93, and Anita (Gonzales) 

Sabot, '94, moved from Senegal to 
East Timor, where he is the country 
director for ADRA. Anita is a teacher. 
They enjoy traveling and exploring 
the world with their children: Nicole, 
Jeremy and Sophie. 

Erica (Simien) Small, '97, and her 
husband live in Lithonia, Georgia, 
with their two children, ages 10 and 
14. They teach marriage classes. She 
recently graduated from Georgia State 
University with a degree in psychol- 
ogy and is pursuing a master's in 
marriage and family therapy. 

Gayle (Koehn) Stevens, '90, lives 
in Flint, Michigan, and teaches grades 
1-8 at the local church school. Her 
husband, John, is a design engineer. 
Their two daughters are in the 6 th and 
11 th grades. 

Juliet (Seaton) Van 

Heerden, '92 and TO, 
completed her master's 
degree in education 
literacy at Southern. In 
May she married Pastor 
Andre Van Heerden. She teaches at 
Jacksonville Adventist Academy and 
is excited about ministry and com- 
munity service. 

rtrt^ Marius, '03, and Sarah 
UUb (Matthews) Asaftei, 03, 

live in Grayson, Georgia. He is senior 
pastor of the Loganville/Monroe 
churches in the Atlanta area and was 
ordained during the 2010 General 
Conference Session. She started a 
marketing company, SABASAmedia, 
to help nonprofits and small businesses 
communicate better. Information is 
available at 

Kevin Attride, '09, is a management 
resident for Adventist Health System 
in Orlando, Florida. 

Michael, '01, and Heidi (Olson) 

Campbell, '02, live in Montrose, 
Colorado, where he pastors. They 
welcomed a son, David William 
Campbell, in April 2009. 

Troy Churchill, '06, received the 
2010 ACHCA New Administrator 
Award from the American College 
of Health Care Administrators, for 
his exceptional commitment and 



on the move 

potential as a leader, innovator, and 
motivator in long-term health care. 

Brittany (Robson) 
Colburn, '05, married 
Michael in January 2010. 
She is a business man- 
ager, and he is complet- 
ing a degree in criminal justice. They 
live in Portland, Oregon. 

Rebecca Hardesty, '08, was pro- 
moted to district account executive 
for Aflac. She was 2009 Rookie of the 
Year for opening the most new ac- 
counts in Chattanooga. She is ranked 
as one of the top 10 Aflac representa- 
tives for the state of Tennessee. 

Daniel, '08, and Logan (Ekhart) 

Harper, '08, were married August 
2008 and live in Park City, Utah. 
He is a trader in the Forex market. 
They are initiating a contemporary 
church service called Ignite! at their 
local church. He was diagnosed in 
2007 with a glioblastoma multiforme 
brain tumor and is now battling GBM 
again. They request prayers as they 
face this bout with cancer. 

Ruben Harris, TO, secured an 
investment banking internship with 
Brookwood Hill Group, Inc., in 
Atlanta, Georgia. 

Karina (Schmunk) Horcha, V0, 

and husband, Bart, welcomed daugh- 
ter, Kaelyn Andriette, in November 
2009. She joins big brother Jonathan, 
4. Karina works in specialized thera- 
peutics for Sanofi-Aventis and the 
family lives in Michigan. 


Naomi Marr, '09, is completing her 
degree in dental hygiene and lives in 
Orlando, Florida. 

Fiorella (Saavedra) Meidinger, '01, 
and husband, Karl, welcomed a son, 
Maddox, in October 2009. The family 
lives in Apopka, Florida. 

Claudio, attended, and 
Elizabeth (Santa Cruz) 
Japas, '02 and '04, married 
in June 2010, in Colorado 
Springs, Colorado. They 
live in California, where 

she is a nurse at the Loma Linda 

Medical Center. 

Brad, 02, and Lina (Gates) Mills, 

'02, serve as missionary nurses on a 
riverboat on the Amazon River. 

Carrie (Mercer) Minton, '02, and 

her husband, Travis, welcomed a son, 
Maxwell Porter, 
in April 2010. His 
dedication was 
performed by Jason 
Salyers, '02. The 
family lives in Al- 
pharetta, Georgia. 

Katherine (Tolhurst) Nichols, 

'02, married Jerome in May 2010. 
Both graduated from Loma Linda 
University School of Medicine and 
are physicians in the Chattanooga, 
Tennessee area. 

Charity Penaloza, '09, is a second- 
year medical student at Loma Linda 
University in California. 

Crystal (Edmis- 
ter) Pierson, '01, 
married Ken in 
2004. Both gradu- 

tated from Loma 
Linda University 
School of Dentistry. 
They've served at the Seventh-day 
Adventist Dental Clinic in Saipan, 
Northern Mariana Islands, since 
2005. They welcomed their first child, 
Shylah Laine, in March 2010. 

Brenda (Pewitt) 
Porter, '02 and 

'04, and husband, 
Andrew, welcomed 
their first child, 
Bethany Joanne, in 
April 2010. 

Tyler, '02, and Stacey (Crandall) 

Prentice, '02, recently moved from 
Birmingham back to Chattanooga. 

Gary, '01, and Wendy (Byard) 

Roberts, '01, serve in Chad, Central 
Africa, as a pilot mechanic and nurse 
for Adventist Medical Aviation. 

Amanda Tortal, '09, has taught for 
two years in Orlando, Florida and is 
pursuing a master's degree in inclusive 
education through Southern. 

Faculty and Staff 


John Schmidt, 

former food 
service director 
and wife, Kitty, 
celebrated their 
70 th wed- 
ding anniversary in June. They are 
members of the Arlington Seventh- 
day Adventist church in Riverside, 
California. They have four children, 
five grandsons, and seven great- 


Benjamin Bandiola, retired School 
of Education and Psychology professor 
at Southern, passed away December 
27, while visiting family in Florida. He 
is survived by his wife, Anita, and five 
adult children. 

Marion Barrera, attended, passed 
away May 9. He was predeceased by 
his first wife, Lucille (Reed) Barrera, 
'47, and daughter, Teresa (Barrera) 
Lingenfelter, '74. He is survived by 
his second wife, Josephine (Giles) 
Barrera, and daughters Arlene (Bar* 
rera) Reynolds, attended, Diana 
Barrera, Donna Barrera, '83, and 
Rebecca (Barrera) Tobar. 

Katharyn "Kitty" Anderson 
Crowder, '26, passed away at age 102 
on September 19. She is survived by 
daughter Anne Border, son James F. 
Crowder, Jr., six grandchildren, seven 
great-grandchildren, and five great- 

John Wesley Fowler, '64, passed 
away November 30, 2009. He is 
survived by his wife, Kay Fowler, 
attended; son, Mark Fowler, '81; 
daughters, Melonie Fowler, '80, and 
Marcia (Fowler) Scorpio, attended; 
as well as six grandchildren. 

Lorenzo Grant, retired School of 
Religion professor during the 1970s 
and '80s, passed away July 2010 in 
Avon Park, Florida. He is survived by 
his wife, Grayce (Hunter) Grant, 
'81, son, Loren Grant, '85, as well 
as six other children; and several 

Paul LeRoy Jensen, '59, died as the 
result of a car accident on December 
21, 2010, near his home in Crossville, 
Tennessee. He is survived by his wife, 
Shirley (Jones) Jensen, attended; 
son, Chris Jensen; and daughter, Julie 

Teresa (Barrera) Lingenfelter, '74, 
passed away on February 20, 2010. 
She is survived by her husband, 
Dale Lingenfelter; daughters, Jodi 
(Deindoerfer) Torsney, attended, 
Cari (Deindoerfer) Anderson, 
attended; and four grandchildren. 

R.C. Mills, retired business man- 
ager during the '70s, passed away in 
October 2010 in Collegedale. He is 
predeceased by his wife, El Rita Mills. 
He is survived by his sons, Sid, Bob, 
and Charles Mills, '73, and daughter, 
Susan (Mills) Van Cleve, '74. 

Sherrie Norton, retired student 
missions program coordinator and 
manager of the Chaplain's Office from 
1989 to 2004, passed away on January 
23, 2011, after battling cancer. She 
is survived by her husband, Ken 
Norton, retired Student Finance 
director and Director of Development; 
daughter, Cynthia Firestone; son, Ken 
Norton, Jr., '97; daughter-in-law, 
Julie (Alvarez) Norton, '96; and 
four grandchildren. The Nortons were 
recipients of the Honorary Alumni 
Award in 2009 in recognition of their 
many years of dedicated service to the 

Cyril Roe, retired School of Educa- 
tion and Psychology professor during 
the 1970s, '80s, and '90s, passed away 
in April 2010. He is survived by his 
wife, Joy (Cooper) Roe, retired Re- 
cords Office staff member; son, Peter 
Roe; and daughter, Vernita (Roe) 
Bean, attended. The Roes were 
recipients of the Honorary Alumni 
Award in 1994 in recognition of their 
many years of dedicated service to the 

Erik Wolfe, '85, passed away 
September 20, 2010. He practiced 
dentistry in Porterville, California, 
until November 2009 when he 
became a quadriplegic as a result 
of a contracted infection. He is 
survived by his two daughters, 
Kaitlyn and Lauren. 

Spring 2011 



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o.y ...u.ouay at 11 a.m., Southern 
jdents attend a university-wide 
gram known as convocation. Gue 
ch as Mitch Albom, author of Tues, 
th Morrie, as well as Alina Fernand 
ughter of Fidel Castro, are just a ft 
the presenters who have spoken a 
:ent convocations. 


By Gordon Bietz, 

the word 


Much has been made of the communication revolution, but an 
increase in communication avenues doesn't automatically build 
social capital. 

People are connecting by TV, radio, and computer to whatever feeds 
their individualism and self-focus. Our churches are threatened by this 
sort of individualism, but this isn't anything new. Bickering and dysfunc- 
tional individualism were no doubt a part of the scene at the Last Sup- 
per. Disciples were still arguing about who would be the greatest, fighting 
over who would get the best seat, and whispering about the faux pas of 
having no one there to wash their feet. 

Then in His final words before He took the last walk to the lonely 
cross, Jesus prayed for us. "My prayer is not for them alone [His disciples 
who were around Him]. I pray also for those who will believe in me 
through their message [us], that all of them may be one, Father, just as 
you are in me and I am in you" (John 17:20-21, NIV). 

Why is this unity important to Jesus? It is important because it helps 
the world see God's love. 

What Is the Glue? 

When the debate over circumcision arose, the early Christians tee- 
tered on the brink of fragmenting into two factions. The question under 
discussion was circumcision, but the real issue was unity. There were 
those in Jerusalem who wanted a unity built on the glue of circumcision. 

Here is what Peter had to say about that. "God, who knows the heart, 
showed that he accepted them [the Gentiles] by giving the Holy Spirit 
to them, just as he did to us. He made no distinction between us and 
them, for he purified their hearts by faith. Now then, why do you try to 
test God by putting on the necks of the disciples a yoke that neither we 
nor our fathers have been able to bear? No! We believe it is through 
the grace of our Lord Jesus that we are saved, just as they are" (Acts 
15:8-11, NIV). 

The glue is found in verse 1 1 : "We believe it is through the grace of 
our Lord Jesus that we are saved, just as they [the Gentiles] are." 

That doesn't do away with standards or doctrine; rather, it simply 
makes clear what is the most important standard. 

Fences or Bridges? 

A story is told of a traveling carpenter who went 
to the door of a farmhouse to seek some temporary 
work. "Do you see that farmhouse over there?" the 
farmer asked. "Well, Joe, who lives over there, and 
I used to be the best of friends, but a few years ago 
a stray heifer came into my field, and he said it was 
his. We were so angry with each other that we quit 
talking. And then a few months ago, he took his 
plow and dug a trench right between us, chang- 
ing the course of the creek that used to flow over 
there. Now the creek separates us. I'm going on a 
trip today for a couple of days, and I want you to 
use that pile of wood behind the house and build a 
good, high fence between our houses." 

"I reckon I can do that," said the carpenter. 

The farmer was gone for a few days, and when 
he drove up to his farm, he was so surprised that 
his mouth dropped open. He did not see the large 
fence that he ordered — but instead a beautiful 
bridge crossing the creek to Joe's house. 

Before he could speak, across the bridge came 
his neighbor, old Joe, with his hand outstretched. 

"Neighbor, you are so good, and I was so wrong 
to keep that heifer. Our friendship is more impor- 
tant than a cow. You are something else — building 
a bridge across my creek. Let's be friends again." 

The farmer paused and said with a smile, "Yes, 
Joe, let's be friends. You can keep the old cow." 

The carpenter turned to pack his tools, and 
Joe said, "Say, you must stay. I have other work 
for you." 

"No, I must go," the carpenter replied. "You see, 
I have other bridges to build." 

What place will the Adventist Church play in 
this age of an anti-church individualism? Will we 
find our identity in that which separates us or that 
which unites us? 

In response to Jesus' last prayer, let us also be 
bridge builders. ■ 

Spring 2011 




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the footsteps of my three sons. Now we are a family of nurses— and a family who 
golfs for Southern, Evary year sines 1985 my son, Don, 82 and 84 r and I have 
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