Father Michael Lapsley Will Be the Honored Speaker at Washington Adventist University’s Convocation on March 4

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Takoma Park, MD (March 3, 2015) South African Anglican priest and social justice activist Father Alan Michael Lapsley, best known as “Father Michael,” will be the honored speaker at Washington Adventist University’s weekly convocation on Wednesday, March 4 at 11 a.m. Open to the public, the convocation will take place at Sligo Seventh-day Adventist Church, located at 7700 Carroll Avenue in Takoma Park, Maryland.  

Father Michael will also be honored on Saturday, March 7 at 6 p.m. at the Living Legends Awards, hosted by the Human Symphony Foundation at the University of Maryland’s Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.  

Born in New Zealand, Lapsley was ordained into the priesthood in Australia, where he joined the religious order of the Society of the Sacred Mission. In 1973, Lapsley travelled to Durban, South Africa where as an undergraduate student, he became chaplain to students at both black and white universities during the height of the apartheid repression.

When Lapsley began to speak out on behalf of schoolchildren who were shot, detained and tortured, he was expelled from the country. He went to live in Lesotho and continued his studies there, while supporting the liberation struggle. 

Lapsley is a graduate of the Australian College of Theology, the National University of Lesotho and the University of Zimbabwe. He was the subject of Priest and Partisan: a South African Journey, written by fellow South African priest and theologian Michael Worsnip, with a foreword by Nelson Mandela.

In September 2006, on the fifth anniversary of the 9/11 attack on America, Lapsley joined more than 30 terror victims from around the world -- including families of those killed in the September 11 attacks -- to create the International Network for Peace to promote effective and nonviolent solutions to terrorism.

Lapsley is the author of Redeeming the Past: My Journey from Freedom Fighter to Healer with Stephen Karakashian, which includes a foreword by Archbishop Desmond Mpilo Tutu. The book details Lapsley’s struggle against apartheid in South Africa, and how a letter bomb nearly killed him, taking both hands and one of his eyes. With an entire nation in need of healing, Lapsley discovered that his own experience with trauma could help promote the healing of others.

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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. Approximately 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.

 

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School of Graduate and Professional Studies Starts 2nd Session of Spring Semester March 8-12

Degree Programs Accommodate Working Adults

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Takoma Park, Md. (February 26, 2014) March 8 marks the start of the second session of spring courses offered by Washington Adventist University’s School of Graduate and Professional Studies (SGPS). For the past 30 years, the evening program has accommodated the needs of working adults, offering accelerated classes and flexible schedules. The SGPS offers 11 undergraduate programs and eight master’s programs (two fully online).

Anyone interested in earning a new degree or completing one that is still unfinished should call the SGPS office staff at 301-891-4092 for assistance in finding the program and schedule that best suits their needs.

The SGPS office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday; and 8:30 a.m. to noon on Friday. During those hours, SGPS advisors will be on hand to answer questions and help with class registrations. New classes start the week of March 8-12. 

The university campus is located in suburban Takoma Park, Maryland, near the intersection of Carroll and Flower avenues with convenient, free parking and easy access to bus stops and a Capital Bikeshare station on campus. The Takoma Metro station is 1.5 miles away.

For more information, go to http://www.wau.edu .

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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. Approximately 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.

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Mock Trial Team Participates For Second Year in American Mock Trial Association Competition

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Takoma Park, MD (February 24, 2015) The Mock Trial Team at Washington Adventist University (WAU) competed for the second year in a row at an American Mock Trial Association (AMTA) competition. The team competed over the weekend in the Baltimore Regional Competition at the University of Maryland School of Law. The competition included teams from Howard, Princeton, Towson, Mount St. Mary’s, Georgetown, Johns Hopkins, Rutgers, William & Mary, Swarthmore and Bucknell universities.

“The Mock Trial Competitions offer wonderful opportunities for our students to gain relevant experience in the field of law,” said Joan Francis, D.A., chair of the History and Political Studies Department at Washington Adventist University. “We work hard to challenge and educate our students beyond the classroom so that when they graduate, they are better prepared to pursue their goals.” 

Washington Adventist University is the first and only Adventist institution of higher education to participate in the AMTA’s Mock Trial Competition.  Last year, the WAU team competed for the first time, taking part in the Richmond Regional Competition after being granted a Sabbath exemption. That exemption enabled the team (many of the members are Adventist) to compete at times that did not conflict with their Sabbath. The team competed in Round 1 on Friday afternoon at 12 noon; Round 2 on Saturday evening at 6:30 p.m.; Round 3 on Sunday at 9:30 a.m.; and Round 4 on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. The closing ceremony was held on Sunday at 6:00 pm. 

In this year’s competition, John Hofilena served as team captain. He is a senior who is majoring in political studies and minoring in marketing, and he represented a lawyer in the competition. Other team members include: Zjayah Baker, a sophomore political studies major who represented a lawyer; Arlindo Dos Santos, a senior political studies major (prelaw emphasis) who represented a lawyer; Eloney Perry-Ryan, a first-year political studies major (prelaw emphasis) who represented a lawyer; Shavonne Cadette, a junior political studies major who represented a witness; Jacky Jeanty, a senior theology major (prelaw emphasis) who represented a witness; Candice Green, a junior English major (prelaw emphasis) who represented a witness; and Lillian Wanjiku, a junior history major (prelaw emphasis) who also represented a witness. Melayna Brown, a junior political studies major served as the Time Keeper during the competition. Attorney coaches for the team are Petra Aaron and Joseph Caleb.

Teams in the competition are rewarded for witnesses and lawyers, as well as for overall teams. WAU received an award for Witness for the Plaintiff, Candice Green. 

Four team members participated in both years’ competitions. They include Hofilena, Cadette, Wanjiku and Brown. Students are invited to join the Mock Trial team, based on their participation in the class PLST 275, American Judicial System.

For more information about the Mock Trial Team, email jfrancis@wau.edu or call 301-576-0110.

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. Approximately 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.

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Angie Crews, 301-891-4134, acrews@wau.edu
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Public Art Exhibition, Lecture and Presentation Mark 10th Anniversary of WAU Honors Program

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Takoma Park, MD (February 23, 2015) In recognition of its 10th anniversary, Washington Adventist University's Honors Program is hosting a variety of events, including an art exhibition, lecture and presentation, that are open to the public. The spring anniversary events begin on Wednesday, February 25 and continue through April 8. An ongoing exhibition, "1844: Millerism and the Legacy of the Great Disappointment" will continue through March 15 in the Weis Library reading room on campus.

February 25 Lecture

The first event, on February 25, is a lecture by New York writer, historian, professor, and practicing attorney Warren Shaw, "Drop Me Off Uptown: The Harlem Renaissance 1919-1935." The lecture will be held at 7 p.m. in the Richards Hall Chapel on campus. Richards Hall is located on Flower Avenue, near the intersection with Carroll Avenue. Parking is available both in front of and behind the building.

March 4 Exhibition

On March 4 at 7 p.m., there will be an opening reception for the exhibition, "Morris Cox: Paintings and Color Prints 1936-1956." The exhibition runs through April 22 in the English Department offices, located in Wilkinson Hall, 7600 Flower Avenue, Takoma Park, Md. 20912. This is the first exhibition in the United States to feature early paintings and linocuts by the London-based surrealist artist, writer and private printer, Morris Cox (1903-1998). He is best known for books he produced through the Gogmagog Press. Surrealist techniques in Cox's work will be addressed along with his contributions to the medium of color linocut printing during the modernist period in Britain. Visitors who want to see the exhibit on dates and times other than the opening reception are advised to call 301-891-4065 or email english@wau.edu to ensure that the offices will be open.

April 8 Presentation

A presentation by the developers of the Maryland Biodiversity Project will be held on April 8 at 7 p.m. in the Richards Hall Chapel. The Maryland Biodiversity project is an innovative website that uses crowd-sourced and other material to document the flora and fauna in the State of Maryland. There are currently more than 7,300 species documented on the site. Project founders Jim Brighton and Bill Hubbick will discuss the project and demonstrate ways that the site can be used for research, education and personal enlightenment.

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In addition to these events, there will be a reunion of Honors Program alumni from the past ten years at an Honors Alumni Weekend Brunch on Sunday, April 12 at 10 a.m. as part of the university's annual Alumni Weekend, which is April 9-12 this year.

On May 1 at 5 p.m., the Honors Senior Dedication will be held in the Sligo Seventh-day Adventist Church Atrium, 7700 Carroll Avenue, Takoma Park, Md. 20912. This annual event recognizes graduating seniors, and is part of the university's commencement weekend. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome to attend.

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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. Approximately 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.

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Scholarship Opportunities are Available to African American and Low Income Graduate Nursing Students

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Takoma Park, MD (February 20, 2015) African American and low-income students who are interested in earning a master’s degree in nursing at Washington Adventist University are eligible for scholarship funding to help pay for their education. The University is a recipient of U.S. Department of Education grant funding, which includes student scholarship funds to help African American and low-income (non-African American) students gain access to nursing education.

“These scholarships can be life-changing for the individuals who are eligible,” said Karen Benn Marshall, Ed.D., who is Dean of the School of Health Professions, Science and Wellness. “I encourage those who are interested in a graduate nursing degree to apply and take advantage of this support.”

Students eligible for the scholarship funding must: (1) be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States; (2) be African American or provide income documentation that they are low income (non-African American); (3) apply and gain acceptance to the graduate nursing program at Washington Adventist University; (4) complete a student application form for the funding online at https://www.wau.edu/images/Nursing_Dpt/Student%20Application%20for%20Grant%20for%20graduate%20nursing%20program.pdf; and (5) submit a 500-word, typed essay (see details on the application form) that covers the applicant’s reasons for seeking funding, along with examples of their contributions to the African American or low-income community.

Once their application is submitted, students will be notified of the amount that will be awarded to them. In order to maintain their funding eligibility, they must maintain all other nursing program requirements.

New evening classes start the week of March 8, and there’s still time to apply. For more information or to apply online, go to https://www.wau.edu/academics/school-of-graduate-and-professional-studies) or call 301-891-4092 on weekdays:  Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; and Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon. The University’s School of Graduate and Professional Studies offers accelerated degree programs with flexible schedules to meet the needs of working adults.

Washington Adventist University has been educating students on its 19-acre campus in Takoma Park for 110 years. The campus is located adjacent to Washington Adventist Hospital and is Metro-accessible -- located 1.5 miles from the Takoma Station, with a bus stop and Bikeshare station on campus. Students can also park for free in lots located in front of and behind the academic buildings, located along Flower Avenue near the intersection with Carroll Avenue.

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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 1,080 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.

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Washington Adventist University Offers Biblical Counseling Course in July

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Takoma Park, MD (February 12, 2015) Washington Adventist University’s School of Graduate and Professional Studies is offering a two-day course in Biblical Counseling for church pastors, counselors and anyone who provides professional or spiritual advice to others. The course will be taught on campus from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 12 and Sunday, July 26 by a Christian counselor who has extensive professional experience.

The one-credit course is open to both ordained and non-ordained church leaders and counselors, as well as to nurses and other medical professionals who are sometimes called upon by people of faith for emotional support.

The course will provide a simple, yet in-depth Biblical approach to helping others overcome complex personal challenges. It will offer practical strategies that can be used immediately, and will also provide a firm foundation for those wishing to study Biblical counseling issues more extensively. The cost for the course is $595 for graduate students and $445 for undergraduate students.

The Biblical Counseling course will be held in Room 404 in Wilkinson Hall, 7600 Flower Avenue, in Takoma Park, Maryland. The building is located adjacent to a bus stop and Bikeshare Station and is only 1.5 miles from the Takoma Metro. Free parking is available both in front and in back of the building (off Greenwood Avenue).

Seats are limited, and anyone interested in participating is encouraged to register early.  For more information, call 301-891-4092 or email vrbattle@wau.edu.    

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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 1,080 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.

 

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Angie Crews, 301-891-4134, acrews@wau.edu
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Dean of Graduate School Presents Research on Caribbean Vacation Resort Practices that Mediate Ideas about Race

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Takoma Park, MD (February 10, 2015)  The means through which an all-inclusive Caribbean vacation resort chain mediates ideas about race was the subject of research by Nicole Currier, dean of Washington Adventist University’s School of Graduate and Professional Studies, who presented at a fall conference of the Mid-Atlantic Popular Culture and American Culture Association in Baltimore, Maryland.

Currier participated in a travel/tourism panel at the conference and presented her paper, “Like a State Within a State.”  In it, she describes how an all-inclusive resort chain in the Caribbean preempts spontaneous contact between tourists and locals.  Guests at the resort often spend their entire vacations in the safety of the property, without ever seeing the rest of the island.  In the absence of spontaneous contact between tourists and locals, the resort plays a central role in mediating ideas about the islanders to guests.

In her study, Currier analyzes promotional literature that draws upon the rhetoric of the colonial-era  plantations, along with resort architecture and furniture that visually evokes plantation life.  She argues that references to the colonial-era plantation allow tourists to fantasize their own escape from disenfranchisement by highlighting the servility of others. 

Not only does Currier explore how the resort chain constructs a plantation fantasy for the benefit of first-world tourists, but she also points out that it simultaneously allows them to disavow their own role in perpetuating racial/national hierarchies and power relations by offering them the possibility of participating in what is framed as socially responsible tourism.

Currier’s work raises questions about the connection between tourism and the formation of racial ideologies, suggesting a need for dialogue between the fields of critical tourism studies and race/ethnic studies.  She plans to continue to research how tourists’ encounters shape their racial ideologies long after they return home.

Currier has been on the staff of Washington Adventist University since 2011.  She earned her master’s degree in American Studies from University of Massachusetts, Boston in 2002, and her bachelor’s degree in history from Atlantic Union College in 1997.  Since 2013, she has been working on a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Maryland, College Park.

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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 1,080 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

Career Fair Set for February 26 at Washington Adventist University

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Takoma Park, MD (February 11, 2015) Washington Adventist University (WAU) is hosting a Career and Internship Fair on Thursday, February 26, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The event is open to students seeking jobs and internships, as well as to individuals in the community.  The fair will be held on campus in Wilkinson Hall, 7600 Flower Avenue, in Takoma Park, Maryland.

The Career Fair matches job seekers with employers who have job vacancies and are looking to hire, and it is currently the only such event in Takoma Park.  Employers at the upcoming fair will include First Investors, Insouciance Abroad, Howard University Hospital, SECU, Sheraton Silver Spring, Washington Adventist Hospital, and more.  Job openings in the health care, hospitality, banking and insurance fields will be included. 

“Last year’s Career Fair was a successful event with more than 30 businesses and 224 job seekers participating,” said Professor Kim Pichot, chair of the WAU Business Department and one of the organizers of the event. “That event resulted in five internships and three jobs offered before the end of the day, and we hope to do even better this year.”

Employers interested in participating in the fair should contact Fitzroy Thomas at 301-891-4115 or email careerfair@wau.edu.

Washington Adventist University is located near the intersection of Flower and Carroll Avenues, about 1.5 miles from the Takoma Metro.  There is both a bus stop and a BikeShare station in front of Wilkinson Hall, and free parking is located both in front of the building and behind it (off Greenwood Avenue). 

Click here to download the Employer Regsitration Form

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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 1,080 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 Substance Abuse Seminar This Summer, June 11-12

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Takoma Park, MD (February 3, 2015) Washington Adventist University’s Psychology Department is offering a new Substance Abuse Seminar on campus this summer that will focus on the latest information regarding awareness, prevention and treatment. The seminar is approved by the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists for Category A, and participants will earn up to eight continuing education credits.

“These two-hour sessions offer counseling professionals a convenient and easy way to update their knowledge and skills regarding substance abuse issues,” said Grant Leitma, Ph.D., chair of the Psychology Department. “The seminar also offers valuable information to students and others who are interested in learning more about the issue of substance abuse, which is a significant problem in our country today.”

The seminar includes four sessions conducted over a two-day period, June 11-12.  The sessions will be held on campus in Wilkinson Hall, Room 406, 7600 Flower Avenue, Takoma Park, MD 20912. The building is located adjacent to a bus stop and Bikeshare Station and is only 1.5 miles from the Takoma Metro. Free parking is available both in front and in back of the building (off Greenwood Avenue).

Each of the two-hour sessions is $25, and individuals who register for all four sessions will receive a discounted rate of $80. The seminar consists of:

Session 1 - Alcohol and Drug Dependency, Thursday, June 11, 1-3 p.m.  (2 CEU-$25.00)
This presentation will emphasize solution-focused therapy as a way to effectively deal with substance abuse. Concepts for alcohol and drug dependency are addressed within the context of cultural awareness and personal addictions. Clinical examples, lessons learned and clear explanations are given throughout the presentation.

Session 2 – Psychopharmacology, Thursday, June 11, 3:15 - 5:15 p.m. (2 CEU-$25.00)
“Will I get addicted to this SSRI?”  “Why are the substances of abuse addicting?”  “Can I be addicted to caffeine?”  Using language and examples that both you and your clients can understand, this seminar will answer these questions and more, while exploring how the brain and body work in relation to several common substances of abuse and psychotropics. The session will also cover how you can help your client to use their brain and body chemistry in their recovery.

Session 3 - Addiction Counseling, Friday, June 12, 8-10 a.m. (2 CEU-$25.00)
This presentation covers the clinical, theoretical, and research work about addiction counseling. In addition, the presentation is designed to give the clinician guidance needed to choose appropriate techniques and best practices for treating addicted individuals.

Session 4 - Psychotherapy for Drug/Alcohol Disorders
Friday, June 12, 10:15-12:15 p.m. (2 CEU-$25.00)
This presentation will cover the diagnosis of substance use disorders (based on DSM & ICD criteria). The application of one or more models for substance abuse disorders and the treatment of mental disorders co-occurring with substance use disorders will be emphasized.

Seats are limited, and anyone interested in attending is encouraged to register soon. Identify which sessions you are registering to attend, and send a check for the total amount ($25 per session or $80 for all four), payable to Washington Adventist University c/o Department of Psychology to:  Dr. Grant Leitma, Chair, Psychology Department, Washington Adventist University, 7600 Flower Ave., Takoma Park, Maryland 20912.  For more information or if you have questions, email gleitma@wau.edu.

 

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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 1,080 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