Washington Adventist University Music Students Travel the Globe in Australia Tour 2015

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Featuring Performances by New England Youth Ensemble and Columbia Collegiate Chorale

Takoma Park, MD (June 19, 2015) Washington Adventist University’s Music Department is sponsoring Australia Tour 2015, featuring performances by students in the university’s New England Youth Ensemble and Columbia Collegiate Chorale. The students departed the Takoma Park campus on June 15 for a first stop in Melbourne, Australia, where they held a morning concert today at Edinburgh College, and will perform again on June 20 in an evening concert at Wantirna Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Student musicians who will be performing on the tour include: Atecia Edwards and Courtney Tooley on flute; Vanessa Baioni, Geofery Cua, Alexander Marte, Jonathan Emerson, Johanna Emerson, and Emilie Flores on violin; Richy Flores, Alexandra Coleman and Christy Kawar on cello; Brianna Clemons and Kerstin Smith on viola; Andre Darvasan-Stanciu on piano; and Valerie Neyra on clarinet.

Performances will continue through June on the following dates and locations: June 21 in Canberra at South Canberra Seventh-day Adventist Church; June 22 in Burradoo, New South Wales at the Anglican Church of St. Simon and St. Jude’s; June 23 in Sydney at Wahroonga Seventh-day Adventist Church; June 24 in Avondale at Avondale College Seventh-day Adventist Church; June 25 in Port Macquarie at the Port Macquarie Seventh-day Adventist Church; on June 26 in Murwillumbah at the Murwillumbah Seventh-day Adventist Church. The final performances on Australia Tour 2015 will be held on June 27 in Brisbane, Queensland with a morning performance at Springwood Seventh-day Adventist Church and an evening performance at St. John’s Anglican Cathedral.

Sightseeing and rehearsals are scheduled throughout the tour, along with a farewell dinner in Sydney on June 30. The group will depart Australia on July 1 for San Antonio, Texas in time to perform at the 60th session of the General Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, which will be held July 2-11. Student bassoonist Sonali Songh will join the musical group for performances in San Antonio. Check the broadcast schedule and watch the General Conference Session live. The Washington Adventist University students will perform on Thursday, July 2, from 5 to 6 p.m., and on July 4 at 11 a.m.

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Washington Adventist University is Montgomery County's only four-year private college. Part of the Seventh-day Adventist system of higher education, Washington Adventist University has been educating college students since 1904 on a 19-acre campus in suburban Takoma Park, close to the nation’s capital. A total of 1,100 students of all faiths participate in the university’s eight graduate and 32 undergraduate programs. The 2014 edition of U.S. News & World Report ranked Washington Adventist University among the best regional colleges in the north.

Media Contacts:
Angie Crews, 301-891-4134, acrews@wau.edu
Donna Bigler, 240-286-1169, dbigler@wau.edu

Registration Starts June 15 for School of Graduate and Professional Studies Classes

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Takoma Park, Md. (June 4, 2015) Registration starts June 15 for fall classes offered by Washington Adventist University’s School of Graduate and Professional Studies.  The SGPS provides eight graduate and 11 undergraduate degree programs, offering classes on weeknights and Sunday afternoons.

“The SGPS accommodates the needs of busy, working adults,” said SGPS Dean Nicole Currier.  “Our classes are small, parking and public transportation are convenient, and we are ever mindful of our students’ goals, their budgets and their time.  We also help our students maintain a healthy work/life balance while they expand their education and boost their career options.”

Although registration has already started for the second session of SGPS summer classes, which start the week of July 5-9, it’s still not too late to register and get a head start on the fall.

Staff is on hand from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday - Thursday, and 8:30 a.m. to noon on Friday to discuss course options, answer questions and help students register. They can be reached at 301-891-4092. Information about the various degree programs can be found on the SGPS website .

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Washington Adventist University is Montgomery County's only four-year private college. Part of the Seventh-day Adventist system of higher education, Washington Adventist University has been educating college students since 1904 on a 19-acre campus in suburban Takoma Park, close to the nation’s capital. A total of 1,100 students of all faiths participate in the university’s eight graduate and 32 undergraduate programs. The 2014 edition of U.S. News & World Report ranked Washington Adventist University among the best regional colleges in the north.

Media Contacts:
Angie Crews, 301-891-4134, acrews@wau.edu
Donna Bigler, 240-286-1169, dbigler@wau.edu

Washington Adventist University Offers “Success Your Summer” Courses, Starting June 9

ChefTakoma Park, MD (May 18, 2015) Washington Adventist University (WAU) is offering a variety of summer courses, starting June 9. They range from culinary techniques and vegetarian cooking to substance abuse awareness, college readiness and Biblical principles for entrepreneurs. The dates, times and fees for each of the courses is as follows:

Blue Zone: Culinary Summer – June 9, 16, 23 and 30. Effective cooking techniques and delicious vegetarian recipes will be taught by WAU’s own Chef Jaime from 6 to 9 p.m. The $250 fee includes a chef’s jacket and supplies. An optional Safe Serve Certificate session will be taught July 1 and 2 for an additional $150 fee.

Substance Abuse Awareness, Prevention and Treatment Seminar (with approved PDUs) – June 11, 1-5:15 p.m., and June 12, 8 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. The seminar is approved by the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists for Category A, and participants who attend all four two-hour sessions will earn eight continuing education credits. The fee for all four sessions is $80.

College Algebra – “Learning to Learn Math” Camp – July 6-17, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. High school juniors, seniors and college students will learn to master algebra essentials through personalized and “peer to peer” learning. The fee is $750.

College Readiness – “Learning to Learn” Camp -- July 13-17, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. High school juniors, seniors and college students will learn strategies to ensure their academic success. The fee is $1,500.

Godpreneur Training Program – Biblical Principles for Entrepreneurs – July 13-15, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Designed for current or aspiring entrepreneurs committed to obtaining financial success through proven Biblical principles. The fee is $695, or $500 with early registration (a $195 discount). For details, http://www.iagbam.com.

Print out the application form and mail it with your payment to Washington Adventist University, Provost Office, 7600 Flower Avenue, Takoma Park, MD 20912.  Please make checks payable to Washington Adventist University. Checks will be deposited only when the required class size is confirmed.

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Washington Adventist University is Montgomery County's only four-year private college. Part of the Seventh-day Adventist system of higher education, Washington Adventist University has been educating college students since 1904 on a 19-acre campus in suburban Takoma Park, close to the nation’s capital. A total of 1,100 students of all faiths participate in the university’s eight graduate and 32 undergraduate programs. The 2014 edition of U.S. News & World Report ranked Washington Adventist University among the best regional colleges in the north.

Media Contacts:
Angie Crews, 301-891-4134, acrews@wau.edu
Donna Bigler, 240-286-1169, dbigler@wau.edu

Washington Adventist University Earns Place on President’s 2014 Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

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Takoma Park, MD (May 27, 2015) Washington Adventist University (WAU) has just been recognized and congratulated by President of the United States Barack Obama for “the extraordinary and exemplary community service contributions of its students, faculty and staff in meeting critical community and national needs.”  The university has been awarded a place on the President’s 2014 Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

“We are extremely pleased to receive this recognition that our programs and activities are making a significant contribution to the community,” said WAU President Weymouth Spence, Ed.D., R.T.  “We continuously strive to engage minds and transform lives, and to be acknowledged with a place on the Presidential Community Service Honor Roll is extraordinary.”

Washington Adventist University has long been considered by its faculty, staff and students to be a “gateway to service,” and the university regularly provides community service opportunities, both locally and nationally. The university also sponsors several mission trips abroad each year.

The 2014 Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll presented to WAU is signed by U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation for National and Community Service Wendy Spencer.

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Washington Adventist University is Montgomery County's only four-year private college. Part of the Seventh-day Adventist system of higher education, Washington Adventist University has been educating college students since 1904 on a 19-acre campus in suburban Takoma Park, close to the nation’s capital. A total of 1,100 students of all faiths participate in the university’s eight graduate and 32 undergraduate programs. The 2014 edition of U.S. News & World Report ranked Washington Adventist University among the best regional colleges in the north.

Media Contacts:
Angie Crews, 301-891-4134, acrews@wau.edu
Donna Bigler, 240-286-1169, dbigler@wau.edu

Washington Adventist University Mourns the Death of Adjunct Professor of Education Myschelle Spears

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Takoma Park, MD (May 13, 2015) The May 2 death of Adjunct Professor of Education Myschelle Spears, Ph.D. is being mourned this week by Washington Adventist University (WAU) faculty, staff and students. Until recently, she taught an undergraduate education course, Material for Teaching Reading, for the university’s School of Graduate and Professional Studies. 

“It is the real-world experiences of adjunct professors like Dr. Spears that provides such value to our students,” said Nicole Currier, dean of the WAU School of Graduate and Professional Studies. “She is going to be missed, not only on this campus, but throughout the many schools and organizations where she has long worked to make a difference.”
 
In addition to teaching evening classes at WAU, Spears also taught sixth graders at Adelphi Elementary School.  Spears’ career included two years as principal of Sligo Adventist School, and she also taught at Howard University and Spencerville Adventist Academy.  In addition, Spears participated with the Pathfinders Club, which is a co-ed organization for young people that teaches camping and survival skills, leadership, community outreach, and includes recreational activities.

Spears’ funeral is scheduled for Friday, May 15, 2015 at the Emmanuel Brinklow Seventh-day Adventist Church, 18800 New Hampshire Avenue, Ashton, Maryland, 20861. The viewing will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, with the service following at 11:00 a.m.

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Washington Adventist University is Montgomery County's only four-year private college. Part of the Seventh-day Adventist system of higher education, Washington Adventist University has been educating college students since 1904 on a 19-acre campus in suburban Takoma Park, close to the nation’s capital. A total of 1,100 students of all faiths participate in the university’s eight graduate and 32 undergraduate programs. The 2014 edition of U.S. News & World Report ranked Washington Adventist University among the best regional colleges in the north.

Media Contacts:
Angie Crews, 301-891-4134, acrews@wau.edu
Donna Bigler, 240-286-1169, dbigler@wau.edu