November 2, 2006

Adventist News


CUC Board Affirms College’s Future


capThe Columbia Union College (CUC) Board of Trustees voted on October 18 to continue to operate the 102-year-old institution as a four-year liberal arts school and to fully implement its current board-approved strategic plan to strengthen the college for the future.
“As we move forward, it is paramount that all our stakeholders step up to the plate and show their support in both voice and action for our college,” said David Weigley, Columbia Union Conference president and board chair, after the vote.
CUC president Randal R. Wisbey added, “This is a new opportunity for all of us. We need the support of all our students, faculty, staff, alumni, church members, and the community as we embrace our future.”
During the meeting, board members heard presentations on two proposed models for school revision (one a healthcare-based proposal and the other liberal arts-based) from Adventist HealthCare and Columbia Union College administrators. Both put forth a three-school model that includes schools of arts and science, graduate and professional studies, and health sciences, but eliminates some undersubscribed programs. Both suggested ways to address the debt and maintenance needs and outlined strategies for building a vibrant future for the college.
After much discussion, board members chose the church-based option, which means CUC will remain a ministry of the Columbia Union Conference. The vote will be presented to the college's constituency on November 17.
                                                                    —Columbia Union Conference Communication Department/AR.

MASSACHUSETTS: Atlantic Union College Student
Loses Life in Pedestrian Accident

kevin watson

Kevin Watson
[Courtesy of AUC]

Atlantic Union College (AUC) student Kevin Watson, 30, lost his life on Friday, November 3, when he was struck by a car while crossing Main Street near the college. The accident occurred at approximately 6:45 p.m.

Life-saving efforts were performed by paramedics on the scene and en route to the Clinton Hospital in Clinton, Massachusetts. He was pronounced dead at approximately 7:30 p.m.

Watson, a junior Social Work major, was born in Jamaica but was currently from Springfield, Massachusetts. According to his Social Work professor Juliette Willoughby, Watson’s future plans included helping the elderly.

“He always exemplified a positive attitude, a will to excel, and a cooperative spirit in the future development of various  programs in the department,” said Willoughby. “While Kevin’s interests were caring for families in general, he wanted to focus on the elderly. In fact, while pursuing a B.S. in Social Work he was also studying toward a certificate in Gerontology.” Willoughby added, “It is a loss for the Social Work Department and for Atlantic Union College. Kevin will be missed by his fellow students and his teachers. When Kevin smiled it was a smile that came up from his toes. It was a smile that you knew he had just for you.” AUC is an Adventist-owned institution located in South Lancaster, Massachusetts.
                                                                                                           —Atlantic Union College Public Relations/AR.


Walla Walla College Changes Name


A PLACE OF LEARNING: Peterson Memorial Library on the campus of Walla Walla College [Photo: WWC]

Delegates at the Walla Walla College (WWC) constituency meeting on October 1 voted to change the name of the school to Walla Walla University, in order “to better reflect the scope of its programs and the nature of its student body,” said school officials. The college’s Board of Trustees will determine the date the new name will become official.

“Our liberal arts core and our commitment to personalized education will remain strong; however, we are adopting a university name to more accurately describe our institution,” says WWC president John K. McVay. “We believe a university name will place our school in a stronger position to clearly communicate who we are.”
Walla Walla College has been officially recognized as a university for more than 10 years by the Carnegie Foundation’s basic classification system, which provides guidelines for naming higher education institutions. Classifications are based on programs and students graduating with master’s degrees. 
Approximately one third of WWC’s graduates each year receive master’s degrees, according to Ginger-Ketting Weller, vice president for academic administration. “Most students are involved in professional programs, typical of many universities,” she says.
WWC is located in College Place, Washington, and has an annual enrollment of about 1,900 students. For more information, go to                                           —Walla WallaCollege Media Relations/AR.

MICHIGAN: Fortin Named New Seminary Dean


J. H. Denis Fortin [Photo: AU]

The Andrews University Board of Trustees on October 17 appointed J. H. Denis Fortin the new dean of the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary in Berrien Springs, Michigan. Fortin replaces John McVay, who left the university this summer to become president of Walla Walla College in College Place, Washington.

Fortin, professor of theology and chair of the Department of Theology and Christian Philosophy, has been a member of the Seminary faculty since 1994. He has served as the seminary’s associate dean for four years, from 2000 until 2004. He also served as the director of the master of divinity program from 1999–2001.
“The Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary is one of the most dynamic and diverse seminaries in the United States and Canada,” Fortin states. “It is a privilege to serve this institution and to facilitate the theological and ministerial education of the next generation of pastors for the Adventist church.”                                
                                                                                                                 —Andrews University Media Relations/AR.

Adventist Review Editor Receives Lifetime Achievement Award


William G. Johnsson [Photo: J. Springer]

On October 14, William G. Johnsson was bestowed the Society of Adventist Communicators 2006 Lifetime Achievement Award. Johnsson, who has served as editor-in-chief of the Adventist Review for 24 years, has contributed much to communicating the gospel message to the world, including writing 20 books and more than 1,000 articles and, in 2005, starting a new church magazine called Adventist World (with a circulation of 1.3 million copies worldwide).

Johnsson, also a highly regarded voice on theological issues, was one of five nominees and was “deeply honored” to receive the award. In his acceptance message, Johnsson applauded the society, stating that he was “impressed by the youth, creativity, and energy of the participants.” He encouraged his fellow professionals to “go from strength to strength, remaining Adventist but always open to fresh air.” Johnsson plans to retire at the end of this year.
Assistant editor Kimberly Luste Maran accepted the award on his behalf, delivering Johnsson’s message to the assembled communicators during their Saturday evening awards reception.                                        —AR.

BRAZIL: South Amercian Division Nominates New President

Erton Carlos Köhler [Photo: SAD]

The Adventist Church in South America on October 29 nominated Erton Carlos Köhler as its new president during the division’s Executive Committee session held at the church’s headquarters in Brasilia, Brazil. This action is now referred to the General Conference Executive Committee, the body responsible for electing division leaders, when it meets on November 14.

After graduating from Brazil Adventist College in 1989 with a degree in Theology, Erton Carlos Köhler served as a pastor; a conference executive secretary; and a conference, union, and division youth leader. Most recently he was Youth Ministries director of the South American Division.

Köhler succeeds Ruy Heinrich Nagel, who is retiring at the end of December after serving as SAD president for 11 years.                                                            —South American Division Communication Department/AR.