November 8, 2014

Adventist News in Brief: Australia, Jamaica, U.S.

, news editor, Adventist Review

U.S.: WWU Nursing Accreditation Extended

Accreditation for the Walla Walla University School of Nursing has been extended by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, or ACEN, until June 30, 2015, the university said in a statement.

This decision comes following an ACEN decision in July 2014 to deny continuing accreditation of the program.

ACEN has agreed to place Walla Walla University on “Continued Accreditation with Warning”, with a site visit scheduled in February 2015. This will allow ACEN to verify that the university is in compliance with all accreditation requirements.

The ACEN did not fault School of Nursing curriculum, quality, or outcomes. The initial denial of continued accreditation was issued when the university failed to meet one standard for graduate degree credentialing of School of Nursing instructors. That standard is that all WWU School of Nursing faculty members must possess a master's degree. As of January 2015, 100 percent of the nursing faculty will have a master's degree in nursing.

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<strong>YOUNG SCIENTIST:</strong> Josie Jakovac, a ninth grader in Sydney, Australia, celebrating her first place win in a local science contest. Credit: Maree Worker / Adventist Record

Australia: Student Wins Science Prize

A ninth-grade Adventist student will represent Australia at an international science competition after winning first place in a local contest.

Josie Jakovac, who studies at Hills Adventist College, a K-12 school in Sydney, took top place in the 9-12 Chemistry Category at the STANSW Young Scientist Awards late last month for her work on “the effect of various surfactants on the convection process occurring within ferrofluid,” South Pacific Adventist Record reported.

She will next compete against some of the best science students in the world at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, in 2015.

Other Hills Adventist College students were also recognized at the awards. Josie’s classmate Timothy Hill was awarded third place in the 9-12 Chemistry Category for his work “taste optimization of water purification techniques.” Second grader Anneliese Howie, meanwhile, received the Recognition Award for the elementary school-aged category.

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<strong>MEDAL OF HONOR:</strong> Alfonso Marshall, an elder at the Trench Town Adventist Church in Jamaica, posing with his Badge of Honor for Meritorious Service for his work in road maintenance and construction. Credit: Nigel Coke / ANN

Jamaica: State Decorates 2 Adventists

Two Seventh-day Adventists in Jamaica were conferred and awarded with national honors during a ceremony held on the lawn of Kings House on National Heroes Day, Adventist News Network reported.

<strong>SIXTH-HIGHEST HONOR:</strong> Audrey Sewell, an elder at the North Street Adventist Church in Kingston, posing with the Order of Distinction in the rank of Commander. Credit: Nigel Coke / ANN

Audrey Sewell, an elder at the North Street Adventist Church in Kingston, was conferred with the nation’s sixth-highest honor, the Order of Distinction in the rank of Commander, for her contribution in the areas of justice, education, transportation, works and housing. She serves Jamaica as permanent secretary in the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing.

Alfonso Marshall, an elder at the Trench Town Adventist Church, was awarded the Badge of Honor for Meritorious Service for his work in the field of road maintenance and construction. He works for the National Works Agency, the government’s road construction agency.

Sewell said it was an “honor” for the country to recognize her service. “I attribute my success in life to the leading of the Lord,” Sewell said.

Marshall said: “I feel gratified, humbled and very good in my mind knowing that the government and people of Jamaica have seen it fit to award me.”

A total of 233 Jamaicans were recognized in the awards ceremony late last month. The awards were handed out by Governor General Patrick Allen, a Seventh-day Adventist.

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YEAR IN REVIEW: A 10-minute video showing the North American Division's 2014 highlights.

U.S.: NAD’s Year in 10 Minutes

The North American Division has released a 10-minute video that shows the highlights of church members’ work in 2014, including a health-care event in California that provided more than $5 million in medical assistance to 3,000 people for free. 

The video, featuring division president Daniel Jackson sharing major mission-focused projects, was shown at the world church’s Annual Council in mid-October and is now available for viewing online.

“Step out of your own rut for a few minutes and watch what God has been doing around our country through Adventist members young and old,” North Pacific GleanerNow magazine said on its website.

U.S.: Breath of Life Celebrates 40 Years

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Breath of Life Ministries, an Adventist-affiliated media organization that targets African-Americans, was celebrating its 40th anniversary this weekend.

The organization, founded in 1974 by Walter Arties, is perhaps best known for its longtime speaker C.D. Brooks, who served as its public face from 1974 to 1998.

Arties, Brooks and other guests were gathering at the Oakwood University Church in Huntsville, Alabama, a music- and sermon-filled weekend, said current speaker and director Carlton P. Byrd.

Breath of Life is dedicated to sharing the healing gospel of Jesus Christ in the context of the three angels' messages of Revelation 14, according to its website. It was founded to create programming that would appeal to African-Americans looking for hope and guidance.

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<strong>LONG LUNCH:</strong> Welcoming students back to the first Sabbath of the school year with the Longest Table meal is an annual tradition at Walla Walla University. Credit: Henning Guldhammer / GleanerNow

U.S.: Longest Sabbath Table

Walla Walla University Church welcomed students back the first Sabbath of the school year with its traditional “Longest Table,” North Pacific GleanerNow magazine reported.

Because the University Church exists primarily to serve students, the church members hope the Longest Table will bring students quickly into friendships in their new congregation.

With local authorities giving approval and assistance, a quarter mile (half kilometer) of street was blocked off for the event. Church members set up about 180 tables end to end. Each table, in white tablecloths, seated eight for Sabbath lunch.

Church members had preselected tables—some taking three or four and others taking only one—and had planned complete sit-down Sabbath lunches for their guests. Hosts decorated tables and provided food—some ethnic, some traditional, but all in abundance.

Donny Veverka, University Church worship director and longtime member, called the event "a phenomenal event of blessing others and being blessed in our community."

Returning student Rychelle Willis said: "I look forward to the Longest Table every year. It's such a fun way to fellowship with other students and church members."

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