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10 Why Our Nursing Students Are so Excited | 12 Alum
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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."
Watch students enioyinq the snow at southern.edu/columns.
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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
10 An Energizing Environment
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
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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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
A competitor takes part in the annual Southern 6 race on the
Biology Trail, flickr.com/photos/southernu/5474190760/
An early spring blossom graces Southern's campus with its
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
» 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 southern.edu/columns.
Students placed a "Gordon Bietz" snowman in front of iconic
Wright Hall, flickr.com/photos/southernu/5348771835/
University puts on some
great programs, but today's
Renewal church service knocked it
out of the ballpark! OUTSTANDING
»Nathan Lewis, junior
There is nothing like sitting in class
& knowing God is speaking directly
to you through a teacher's lecture!
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,
"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
"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-
"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."
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
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
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
Women of Spirit
"What is threatening your peace
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
"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
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. ■
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
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-
"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
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
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
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
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."
SOUTHERN ADVENTIST UNIVERSITY HAS LONG BEEN
KNOWN FOR TWO THINGS, STATELY PILLARS AND
CHRIST-CENTERED PROGRESS. AT THIS PAST ALUMNI
WEEKEND, THEMED "PILLARS OF PROGRESS," ALUMNI
WERE INVITED TO EXPLORE THE CAMPUS THROUGH
VARIOUS OPEN HOUSES AND SEE FOR THEMSELVES
HOW SOUTHERN HAS GROWN AND EXPANDED
SINCE THEY LAST WALKED THE HALLS.
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
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
5 Volunteer Larry Kuhn helps
an alum's son roast an
apple during the Kids Fallfest
Spring 2011 ' 13
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
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
8 Alumni study a display of
Southern memorabilia in
the Heritage Museum in Lynn
PJeannette Frick, senior
major, speaks with Ruth Merkel,
the author of Hannah's Girls,
during the alumni author fair
at McKee Library on Sunday.
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
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)
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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
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
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-
"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
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
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
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
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
these provide an
—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 southern.edu/columns.
'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." ■
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
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. ■
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
• growth and development of
• 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
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
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.
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
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.
[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
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.
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-
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-
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
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
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-
food in the
"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.
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
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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students in the new Florida Hospital Hall.
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
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.
Thus, the "God of creation" became a
spark of interest in the hearts and minds
of countless Chinese people.
— John Shoemaker
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at a PreviewSouthern event
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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
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headed to Universidad
Adventista del Plata in
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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.
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 Amazon.com and
Trafford.com. 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
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
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 scripturefirst.net.
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
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.
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
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
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
'97, married Angela
Balfour. During the
he was elected
treasurer of the
and the couple currently live in
Russia. They previously lived in
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, where
Brent was treasurer for the Manitoba-
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
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
'90, serves on the
pastoral team at
ventist Church in
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-
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 sabasamedia.com.
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.
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
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
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
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,
in April 2010. His
performed by Jason
Salyers, '02. The
family lives in Al-
Katherine (Tolhurst) Nichols,
'02, married Jerome in May 2010.
Both graduated from Loma Linda
University School of Medicine and
are physicians in the Chattanooga,
Charity Penaloza, '09, is a second-
year medical student at Loma Linda
University in California.
ter) Pierson, '01,
married Ken in
2004. Both gradu-
tated from Loma
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.
Porter, '02 and
'04, and husband,
their first child,
Bethany Joanne, in
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
and wife, Kitty,
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
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.
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jdents attend a university-wide
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the presenters who have spoken a
By Gordon Bietz,
Much has been made of the communication revolution, but an
increase in communication avenues doesn't automatically build
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
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
"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. ■
Power for Mind & Soul
PERMIT NO. 1114
When I graduated with a nursing degree from Southern in 1 994, 1 was following in
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
played in Southerns annual gotf tournament. Last year my grandson, Lincoln
Duff, a junior business administration major, joined Ihe family tradition. Being able
to play golf wilh my son and grandson is the highlight of my year. We tova know-
ing that our annual game of golf helps Southern students through the Dave Cress
Memorial Endowed Scfiofarship Fund,
- Don L Duff, 'W
Do you wsffifto have fun while supporting student scholarships?
Join us for the next Dave Cress Memorial Golf Tournament on August 28.
Do you have a generational story you'd like to share about your famllyfe involvement
with Southern? Share it wrth us at southern.edu/advancement/mystory,