Southern Adventist University welcomes Rachel Williams-Smith, PhD, as the new dean of the School of Journalism and Communication. Williams-Smith comes to Southern from Andrews University, where she served for four years—most recently as graduate program director of the Communication Department. She has 19 years of teaching experience and eight years of overlapping management experience at the university level.
As Southern Adventist University celebrates 125 years of training young people, it is remarkable to see how God has led. Much has changed since the institution was established in 1892, but its core values of placing God first, nurturing students, and serving others have never wavered. The dedication, sacrifice, and vision that mark Southern’s beginnings have also remained constant.
After completing a 10-day tour to Puerto Rico over spring break, the members of Southern’s Symphony Orchestra returned with numerous new friends and memories. During the span of nine days, the orchestra performed nine concerts at various Seventh-day Adventist churches and schools.
When a stranger suffered a heart attack while hiking, God placed James Delong and his friends in the right place at the right time. Delong, a 2006 nursing graduate from Southern Adventist University who now works as a cardiac nurse, was cycling on Fort Mountain, Georgia, with four of his friends. The group’s quick actions and medical knowledge saved the man’s life.
During Southern’s annual Brain Awareness Week in March, students were able to walk through a blow-up replica of the human brain, learning about the effects of migraines, strokes, seizures, and more.
Several alumni of Southern Adventist University's School of Visual Art and Design took on key roles in a recent film about Dietrich Bonhoeffer, "Come Before Winter." After working on the film for three years, the team showed it for the first time in the United States at the Loma Linda University Church in January.