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Shoes For Souls
by Anh Pham
August 02, 2007

During the summer, Campus Safety became an official collection point for Shoes for Orphan Souls, a non-profit campaign that provides shoes, socks, and shoelaces for orphans across the nation and around the world.

Participants are encouraged to bring the brand-new foot apparel to the Campus Safety Department. The drives, conducted by Buckner Orphan Care International and coordinated locally by WMBW radio, operate year round, but its main drive occurs each summer during the back-to-school season.

"This is an opportunity to do something simple, fun, and profound, all at once," says David Houtchens, fire systems manager at Southern. "You may not make the lame to walk, but you may help the walking not become lame."

All types of shoes are accepted, but warm shoes in sizes 3-9 for teenagers are most urgently needed, particularly for boys. Due to customs regulations, only brand-new shoes may be donated.

Local alumni interested in participating may bring shoes to the Campus Safety building located on Industrial Drive.

To find a drop-off location in you community, go to

Emergency Preparedness
by Anh Pham
August 27, 2007

Southern Adventist University recently adapted a new emergency management and preparedness plan that more closely matches the standards set by FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency).

All Campus Safety personnel are now trained in the emergency management standards set by FEMA and NIMS (National Incident Management System).

Using these standards will help the university in its ability to work well with other agencies should a campus or local emergency require outside assistance. This was an important lesson learned after Hurricane Katrina when various fire departments and rescue teams had difficulties working together because of differing procedures.

The university is planning campus-wide disaster drills to help acquaint its employees with how the new plan would be implemented in the case of an emergency.

"If we are trained, the training will take over," Campus Safety Director Kevin Penrod says. "We'll have a preplanned response to an event that occurs. This is a proactive approach to safety."

Young Authors Share Works
by Jaime Myers
August 01, 2007

The Young Authors of Southern Adventist University, a club sponsored by Krystal Bishop and literacy education graduate students for gifted writers in local Seventh-day Adventist elementary schools, gave a reading of their creative works at the local Barnes & Noble bookstore on July 25.

The club was created after students who were participating in a reading program sponsored by the university mentioned that they&d be interested in a writer&s club.

"The Young Authors club has helped the kids become more confident about their writing," says Bishop. "They are more willing to take risks and try new genres."

The pieces shared included poetry, short stories, and excerpts from novels.

"The club is lots of fun," says Jessica Klinger, a student at the Apison Seventh-day Adventist School. "It was good for me to get feedback on my writing from the other kids."

After the reading, the writers were given certificates of accomplishment from the club sponsors and a few words of advice from retired Journalism and Communications Professor Lynn Sauls.

"Continue writing, write every day," he told them. "It is hard, but enjoy doing, then enjoy having done."

Giving Students a JumpStart
by Jaime Myers
August 01, 2007

Students accepted to Southern Adventist University on conditional standing now have help in preparing for the rigors of college life thanks to a new five-week program called JumpStart.

"Our goal is to equip students with skills that will encourage them to become responsible, self-motivated, and self-regulated," said Januwoina Nixon, director of Learning Success Services, "and establish a community of learners that mutually supports each other in their academic success."

The program started five weeks before the fall semester with a week-long intensive, focusing on college survival skills such as time management, note taking, and test preparation along with team building activities and group problem solving. Then the students take a SmartStart course to put what they learned into practice.

After successfully completing JumpStart, students can register for fall classes in good standing.

SSO Graduates Additional RNs
by Anh Pham
July 24, 2007

Southern Adventist University&s School of Nursing is helping alleviate the state and nationwide nursing shortage by offering a pilot program known as the Summer Study Option (SSO). This week, 15 students will graduate from the program.

"These are students who otherwise would not have been able to become nurses," said School of Nursing Dean Barbara James.

Every year, Southern&s School of Nursing must turn away potential students because of limited space in the program. However, faculty were determined to find a way to help more students achieve nursing degrees. From this desire came the idea of offering an intensive program in which students could complete their RNs over the course of three summers.

"Students said the SSO was the only option available for them to take nursing," James said. "It was a schedule workable with their life."

James said that faculty will fully evaluate the success of the program before deciding whether to offer another SSO. However, with the increased number of students the School of Nursing will be able to accommodate in the new center for nursing, which is scheduled for groundbreaking this fall, there may not be a need to continue the SSO.

New Career Services
by Anh Pham
July 24, 2007

Hundreds of dollars worth of free career help is more accessible with the addition of a full-time career services coordinator at Southern Adventist University&s Counseling and Testing Services.

For years, Counseling and Testing Services has helped students discover and learn their career options, skills, interests, and goals, while also providing educational resources for resume preparation, interview techniques, and job seeking skills. But until now, all of the department&s counselors juggled career counseling with the other counseling services the department offers.

"I have the opportunity to focus on the specific needs of the campus and alumni community," said the new coordinator, Jeremy Moore, a 2002 graduate of Southern.

Moore is overseeing plans to create job listings that will make it easier for students to find employment and establishing an alumni mentoring service to help students learn about potential careers.

With the creation of the new position, Counseling and Testing Services will have added focus on the incoming freshmen class.

According to recent polls, more than 60 percent of incoming students indicate that career planning is essential for their success. With nearly one in two students requiring five years to complete a four-year degree, Counseling and Testing Services seeks to reduce that rate by helping incoming students earlier identify their desired careers and majors.

For people out of school career counseling services will continue for alumni.

Counseling and Testing Services& free help would typically cost $50 an hour through a private practice career counselor, and people could expect to pay more than $100 for help building a resume.

To schedule an appointment, call Counseling and Testing Services at 423.236.2782 or email

Garden Ministry
by Jaime Myers
July 20, 2007

Southern Adventist University students continue to find creative ways to minister to the greater Chattanooga community during the summer break. At the North River Church plant in northern Chattanooga, student members are reaching out to their neighbors through gardening.

"Our main purpose is to interact with the kids," said Amanda Jehle, senior English major. "They don&t have many positive role models, and they need some good examples to mimic."

Having witnessed kids hitting stray dogs and playing amidst frequent police sirens, Amanda commented, "It&s not a healthy environment for kids to grow up in. We just want to give them some much needed love and positive attention. In the process, hopefully we will teach them some things about healthy living and loving Jesus."

The project began as students tried -- with little success -- to give Bible studies to adults living in the apartments near the North River Church. Looking for a more creative way to reach out to the children and adults of the community, students decided to start a community garden. While gardening, students engage the participants in singing and health education.

Much of the project was funded out of the students& pockets, along with a few donations from local businesses and the university. At the end of the summer, the students and community members will enjoy the fruits of their labor with a harvest meal.

"One of the best things I&ve learned from this experience is that ministry can happen whenever and wherever," said Amanda. "I thought that because I was taking summer classes at Southern instead of working at camp, I wouldn&t be able to do any kids& ministry, but ministry doesn&t have to be a full-time job. All you need is a few hours, a few friends, and some people who need help."

Continuing Education Options for Teachers
by Jaime Myers
July 11, 2007

The School of Education and Psychology is testing a new pilot program in offering classes in a trio of locations: on campus, online, and off site.

"Distance learning is certainly something for which demand is increasing," said Mikhaile Spence, School of Education graduate studies coordinator. "We want to do what we can to keep up with the demands of the market and make positive changes for both our students and Southern."

Currently, four classes that are required for current teachers who need certification or recertification by the North American Division Office of Education are being offered through the three venues.

"I think the reason for the off campus options was twofold," said Spence. "First, for the sake of convenience. For some, the trip to campus would take several hours and entail "moving" to campus for the duration of their classes. Secondly, There&s the issue of cost. Conferences generally reimburse teachers for the cost of their mileage and with some sort of per diem allowance while they attend class on campus. Making classes available to them online or at sites closer to home eliminates or significantly decreases the cost."

The classes give teachers the opportunity to learn about and practice using new methods to teach their subject matter and cater to each students& needs. The School of Education and Psychology is considering offering other classes in the same manner in the future.

For more information about the classes offered by the School of Education and Psychology click here.

For more information about Southern&s continuing education and graduate studies visit the Graduate Studies Office website.

Keeping Campus Green
by staff
July 03, 2007

Southern Adventist University is already known for its lush green campus. Now, having recently signed an agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Southern is taking steps to make its campus environmentally green as well.

As part of the agreement signed with the EPA on June 25, Southern will be joining 101 private colleges and universities and three public universities in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee in a peer audit program.

Five Southern employees have been trained in EPA regulations and will be involved in the peer audit program.

"Colleges and universities are part of the EPA&s regulated community and often share the same regulatory responsibilities and experience similar environmental challenges as private industry and other government facilities," said EPA Regional Administrator Jimmy Palmer. "Through this compliance initiative, the voluntary self audits will help identify opportunities to solve many of their environmental challenges and save money over the long term."

"We as a university want to be responsible," said Nancy Daily, director of Risk Management at Southern, "in making sure we are in compliance with EPA regulations."

Southern is scheduled to be audited this fall.

President's Dino Dig
by Anh Pham
June 28, 2007

Southern Adventist University alumni literally touched the prehistoric past during the inaugural President&s Dinosaur Dig at Hanson Research Station in Newcastle, Wyoming in June.

The group from Southern joined the university&s collaborative effort with Southwestern Adventist University to study dinosaurs from a Biblical perspective. Participants studied evidence of bones being washed randomly into the bone layer -- strongly suggesting a major deposit by floodwaters that is consistent with the biblical account of the flood.

"For myself, it was a galvanizing-of-faith experience," says Leslie Ann Schwarzer of Southern&s Advancement Office. "Seeing the actual bones and the consistency in the evidence pointing to a global flood has increased my confidence level that the Bible is relevant, it is accurate, and God can be trusted."


China Study Tour
by Anh Pham
June 28, 2007

Students from Southern Adventist University&s School of Business and Management explored and studied the expanding economy of China during a study tour this summer where they observed retail models and street markets in Beijing, Xi&an, Shanghai, and Hong Kong.

"From a business perspective it is essential to learn more of the Chinese culture," says graduate health care administration student Marianela Osorio, explaining that the United State&s purchases of Chinese goods have risen about 40 percent since 2000, with Americans spending $152 billion annually on Chinese-manufactured goods.

Led by Business and Management Professor Braam Oberholster, the group visited many factories, including those for Volkswagen and Coca Cola. The group also met with business executives and interacted with Chinese university students.

"It has been one of the most surreal, exciting, and interesting trips I have ever taken," Osorio comments. "I learned so much of their culture and the way they do business, practiced my bargaining skills, and even learned some mandarin."

Transcultural Nursing Course Offered
by Jaime Myers
June 21, 2007

A new course called Transcultural Nursing will give nursing students a glimpse of the cultural diversity they will encounter in the field and better prepare them to cater to each patient&s needs.

"The world we live in is constantly changing," said Jillian Wills, transcultural nursing professor, as she explains, it is the role of the healthcare provider to work with the patient to deliver care that fits within their cultural belief system and practices."

Wills plans to address a variety of topics in the class including transcultural perspectives in childbearing and rearing, the influence of cultural and health belief systems on health care practices, and how to create culturally competent organizations.

"This class will benefit students by helping them become aware that everyone is not &just like them& and everyone deserves care that will meet their cultural needs," said Wills. "It will also remind them that everyone, no matter how different, is precious in God&s sight."

New Student Orientation 2007
by Jaime Myers
June 05, 2007

To make the transition to college easier for new students and parents, Southern Adventist University has arranged PowerStart—orientation activities that will help the newcomers get in the Southern groove.

"PowerStart will introduce students and parents to the people and tools that will aid in a successful college experience," said Liane De Souza, transition services coordinator.

SmartStart Parent Orientation

For the parents of students who have enrolled for SmartStart, there will be a "Parent Seminar: First Year Adjustment" meeting on July 29, 2 to 5 p.m. The seminar will introduce parents to the nuts and bolts of his or her students& life on campus, covering topics such as scholarships, student jobs, parent communications, information systems, and student services. Parents will also have the opportunity to meet University President Gordon Bietz and talk with seasoned parents who have students at Southern and who can share advice and guidance.

For more information, visit the "Parents" section of the PowerStart website.

PowerStart Student and Parent Orientation

To welcome incoming freshmen, transfer students, and parents into the Southern family, 60 undergraduate students, school administrators and professors are ready to show the newcomers the ropes and make them feel at home here at Southern.

PowerStart begins Sunday, August 26, with We-Haul, enrollment and registration activities, and the "Parent Seminar: First Year Adjustment" meeting from 2 to 5 p.m. PowerStart ends on Wednesday, August 29, with the Organizational Showcase/Supper, which highlights different clubs and activities on campus. Other activities include academic success sessions, residence hall orientation, the amazing race, and community service activities.

PowerStart attendance is required for all new and transfer students. For more information and a schedule of events, visit the PowerStart website.

New Campus Safety Director
by staff
May 21, 2007

This summer, Kevin Penrod will pack up 24 years of experience and a healthy sense of humor and make the drive from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan, to Southern Adventist University, where he will become Southern&s new Campus Safety director.

One thing he may not be packing, however, is a gun. "At this time, The Collegedale Police Department and their support of the university covers the need for armed response at Southern," he said.

Penrod has been at Andrews University&s Department of Public Safety since 1990 and has served as the department&s chief for the last 10 years. Prior to that, he worked for the Illinois Sheriff&s Department, where he spent some time on an entry team that served high-risk warrants. This experience, he says, gives him an edge when faced with an emergency situation. "I understand what extreme pressure is, and I&ve had to make high-risk decisions in a team environment," he said. "When you&ve had that opportunity, you bring more to the table."

Yet Penrod brings more to Southern than his ability to handle crisis situations. According to one of his current colleagues, Susan Surmann, dispatch communications supervisor for the Department of Public Safety at Andrews University, Penrod brings a level of professionalism that is appreciated by many on campus. "He&s had a lot of hurdles to come across as he&s made changes to our department," she said. "He&s educated the university on what it is this department can really do for them and has won over a lot of people."

Penrod places a high priority on building relationships with those he&s called to protect, which he does by having one-on-one and small group conversations with individuals across campus. "It&s important to earn trust," he said, "and to continue to allow students and parents to realize that I take my job seriously and am continuously searching for better ways to be prepared."

SONscreen Film Festival
by Anh Pham
May 03, 2007

The film festival recognitions are mounting. Students, faculty, and alumni of Southern Adventist University&s School of Visual Art and Design garnered the latest attention from SONscreen Film Festival, which premiered the university&s movie, Secret of the Cave and awarded students for their film projects in early April.

SONscreen is an annual film festival sponsored by the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists for Christian young adults and industry professionals who use or have an interest in creating outstanding film and video productions for outreach, social awareness, and uplifting creative entertainment.

"The fact that work from Southern is being recognized at festivals like Heartland and SONscreen shows that our students are getting it," Assistant Professor David George said. "Getting into a festival is one of the most important things a young filmmaker can do to establish credibility, which is really important when it comes to starting a career."

Three senior film students were recognized for their work, winning four awards from SONscreen.

Senior film major Kevin Ekvall&s documentary won the Audience Choice Award and Outstanding Achievement in Documentary Filmmaking. Senior film major Nick Livanos& short film won for Best Comedy. Jon-Michael Brown, a film major who graduated in December, won Best Public Service Announcement.

"Like radio or the Internet, film is another way to reach people with God&s message," Kevin said. "I hope every film I make, at its heart, will touch people."

Southern alumni, Nathan Huber, &04, and Melody George, &06, were on a four-person discussion panel presenting "Surviving Your First Year in Hollywood." Nathan is working as an assistant to Kevin Bright, the creator of television&s "Friends" and is also developing two separate film projects, to be shot in the near future. Melody is working as a freelance film editor and is in the process of developing a short film.

The Secret of the Cave premiere was warmly received at the festival and was followed by a question-and-answer session with George, who produced the film, and Zach Gray, an instructor in the School of Visual Art and Design, who directed the film.

The university hopes to have an announcement in the immediate future regarding DVD distribution for Secret of the Cave, George said.

GC President Speaks to Seniors
by Jaime Myers
April 30, 2007

Jan Paulsen, General Conference President, spoke to the Southern Adventist University student body and gave religion graduates a few words of advice at the final vespers program, which included a special School of Religion Senior Consecration on April 27, 2007.

"You study and plan your profession," Paulsen advised, "but if Jesus Christ is not part of your plans, you have nothing to plan for."

Paulsen emphasized the need to remember the basic message that Christ lived, died, and rose for us. He also reminded those who have been called to ministry that "if we do not keep in focus that Jesus Christ rose in death, our faith is meaningless. Keep that in mind in the sermons you are going to deliver."

Students were encouraged to spread the word of Christ&s second coming and to stand up for what they believe in.

"Time is running out on us. The world, which is being destroyed daily, is running out of time," said Paulsen. "My hope and prayer is that each of us can stand up and say &this is where I stand and I am not ashamed of it.&"

Prayers for VA Tech
by staff
April 20, 2007

Students from Southern Adventist University remembered the victims of the Virginia Tech shootings and reached out with words of hope on Friday, April 20, which was declared the national day of mourning.

During an evening worship service where the majority of the student body was gathered, the loss experienced at Virginia Tech was brought home as 32 Southern students each read the name of one of the victims. After all the names had been read, a moment of silence was observed.

Before and after the program, students penned messages of hope on a banner that will be sent to Virginia Tech. Burgundy lettering at the top of the banner read, "Our prayers are with you Virginia Tech." The remainder of the 4x9-foot banner quickly filled with words of hope and comfort, with a majority of the messages expressing the prayers of Southern students being made on behalf of the Virginia Tech community.

"What words I have are not enough," wrote senior English major Angela Palmer, "so I ask God to send you his words and His presence, which alone can bring hope and healing in the midst of pain tremendous."

"God is crying with you, and you are not alone," wrote Mandy Shallenberger, a senior liberal arts education major. "May you feel His healing grace and love. My prayers are with you."

Following the service, a group of students gathered at the flag pole at the center of campus to pray for those grieving the loss of their loved ones at Virgina Tech.

New Academic VP
by Anh Pham
April 18, 2007

Robert Young will become Southern Adventist University&s senior vice president for academic administration at the conclusion of this semester.

"We knew in our hearts that this was where God wanted us to go," Young says of the decision he and his wife, Robin, made to come to Southern.

Young brings 26 years of experience in higher education with him to Southern. He began working in the collegiate setting at Columbia Union College (CUC) in 1981 as a faculty member and later as an academic administrator. In 1998, Young became the institution&s associate vice president for Academic Administration until 2002 when he was promoted as the senior vice president of that position.

The 49-year-old Maryland native looks forward in serving Southern in the same position he held at CUC. He desires to further the university&s mission of nurturing Christlikeness and encouraging the pursuit of truth, wholeness, and a life of service.

"I look forward to learning about Southern," he says, "and working with people I have grown to respect from a distance."

Young replaces Steve Pawluk, who will leave for a position at La Sierra University at the end of the semester.

In the five years Pawluk has served at Southern, he was a part of a team that increased the number and diversity of the teaching faculty, implemented and supported the growth of new academic programs, and started construction of the new Hulsey Wellness Center.

"Steve Pawluk has been a joy to work with and has brought a strong level of professionalism and academic acumen to our campus," Bietz says. "He will be greatly missed."

Robotic Challenge Winner
by staff
April 16, 2007

If 13-year-old Andrew Donesky, a homeschool student, wanted to be a computer programmer, he probably could. His skills were demonstrated Sunday, April 15, when for the second year in a row he was on the team ("Brick Boys") that took home the coveted Director&s Award at the Adventist Robotics League Southern Challenge and received an invitation to participate in a national exhibition to be held in Berrien Springs, Michigan, on May 14.

Hosted by Southern Adventist University&s School of Computing, the Adventist Robotics League Southern Challenge invites middle school students to design, build, and program autonomous robots from LEGO bricks. These robots are then run through a challenge course that represents real-world problems.

Though his teammates from last year were unable to join him this year, Donesky found a new teammate, 15-year-old David Hensel (also a homeschool student), and together the two boys built and programmed a robot designed to meet the challenges from this year&s theme of "Nano Quest."

Donesky and Hensel sent their autonomous robot on more than 100 practice runs before the day of the challenge, accomplishing simulated tasks such as manipulating individual atoms, testing stain-resistant fabric, and targeting medicine to reach a specific spot in the body. On the day of the challenge, they received the highest score of any of the 12 teams participating, receiving 318 points out of a total possible of 400. In addition to the Director&s Award, the team received first place in the sub-categories of Robotic Mission, Robotic Design, and Programming.

Donesky is quick to say that he doesn&t have any interest in a programming career. He much prefers the mechanical side of working with the robots.

As the challenge came to an end, it became evident that even as passionate as Donesky is about his robot, there are other things he holds more important. When an event coordinator brought him a letter of invitation for the national exhibition, he waved it away without any apparent second thought."

"I won&t be able to make it," he said, "I&ll be on a mission trip again." He then explained that last year he hadn&t participated in the national exhibition because it coincided with a mission trip, and this year he&s once again chosen a mission trip above participation in the national event. So while his teammate will be representing him in Michigan, Donesky will be preaching an evangelistic series in Romania.

by Anh Pham
April 13, 2007

Having just completed the last PreviewSouthern event for the school year, Southern Adventist University is already making plans for next school year&s PreviewSouthern (college orientation) events.

"Enrollment Services hosts more than 1,000 campus guests a year and it&s a pleasure to introduce our visitors to our unique living-learning environment," said Vinita Sauder, Southern&s vice president of Marketing and Enrollment Service. "Since we now offer up to seven large open house events a year, the number of visitors is growing significantly."

Omar Lopez-Thismon, a senior at Miramar High School in Miramar, Florida, was one of the 130 visitors who attended last weekend&s event.

"Southern goes out of its way to make students feel at home and does everything it can to help you major in what you want to do," said Omar, who plans on majoring in broadcast journalism. "I talked with [Southern journalism professor] Stephen Ruf and he gave me some helpful advice of what I should study. I&m looking forward to coming in the fall."

Because there are seven PreviewSouthern events each school year, prospective students have several options of when to come for a campus visit. These are the dates for the 2007-2008 school year.

June 14 & 15, 2007

October 11 & 12, 2007

November 15 & 16, 2007

January 24 & 25, 2008

February 18, 2008

March 20-22, 2008

April 10 & 11, 2008

Christmas Concert
by staff
December 05, 2007

The School of Music at Southern Adventist University will present its annual Christmas concert with the university's brass ensemble, combined choirs, and symphony orchestra on December 15 at 4 p.m.

The featured work will be Gustav Holst's St. Paul's Suite and Christmas Day. The audience will also have the opportunity to join in on singing favorite carols.

The concert is free, and all are welcome to come. For more information, call 423.236.2880.

Florida Hospital Hall
December 06, 2007

With our nation facing a nursing shortage that is only expected to get worse as the Baby Boomer population ages, many nursing schools have been turning away qualified applicants for various reasons including lack of classroom space.

Southern Adventist University is tackling this challenge through the construction of Florida Hospital Hall on Southern's campus. Florida Hospital Hall will be the new home for Southern's School of Nursing and will be more than twice the size of the current nursing building.

With this expanded space, the School of Nursing estimates that it will be able to accept up to 40 percent more nursing students over the next several years.
On Sunday, December 2, as community members and alumni broke ground the traditional way, Southern President Gordon Bietz and Florida Hospital President Lars Houmann used Jackhammers to break ground in the Jones Hall Parking Lot, where Florida Hospital Hall will be located. This marked the beginning of an alliance in which the two institutions will work together to provide nursing students with educational opportunities that will help smooth the transition between the classroom and the workplace for the more than 500 students pursuing nursing degrees at Southern.

This building, says School of Nursing Dean Barbara James, will provide an unprecedented opportunity to positively impact nursing education and health care.

Construction on Florida Hospital Hall is expected to reach completion in the summer of 2009.

Gym-Masters halftime show
by Anh Pham
January 16, 2007

The Chicago Bulls welcomed Southern Adventist University's Gym-Masters as its halftime entertainment during the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

The 50-member gymnastics group's performance with the NBA team was its sixth in the last seven years and is one of the first performers the Bulls schedule each year.

"[A Bulls representative] went on and on how our kids, out of the thousands of halftime performers he books, are by far the most mature and polite kids," said Richard Schwarz, Gym-Masters' coach.

The Gym-Masters high-energy performance captivated many in attendance.

"We have a lot of movement, people flying over people, throwing girls over pyramids -- things that the crowd gets into," Schwarz said. "Most people go to the concessions stands at intermission, but this time, about 90 percent of the people stayed in their seats."


C_SPAN on Campus
by staff
January 18, 2007

Southern Adventist University students will be among the first in the nation to see C-SPAN's new Campaign 2008 Bus as part of the "Road to the White House" tour, when the bus stops at Southern Adventist University on January 31. The bus will be open for tours from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The 45-foot mobile production studio is on the campaign trail to promote and enhance C-SPAN's comprehensive political coverage, traveling to major political events such as candidate debates and speeches in early primary states, touring state capitols, and also conducting educational programs for teachers and students.

The event at Southern Adventist University, in partnership with Comcast Cable, is part of the bus's inaugural "Road to the White House" tour, named after C-SPAN's renowned political program that marks its 20th year on the air in 2008.

"Southern Adventist University is honored to have been chosen as one of the first sights for this national tour," said Vinita Sauder, vice president for Marketing and Enrollment Services. "Our students and the community will benefit from getting a behind-the-scenes look at how campaigns are covered on C-SPAN."

More information about the "Road to the White House" tour is online at .


Senator speaks to students
by Natalia Lopez-Thismon
January 23, 2007

Senator Bo Watson discussed some important issues in health care policy with Southern's graduate nursing students on Sunday, January 21.

Lecturing to students in Professor Shirley Spears' Health Care Policy class, Watson explained how policy gets passed and what the government responsibility is to the people as well as what a person's civic responsibility is.

"If nursing is to advance," Watson said, "then nurses have to be involved in politics."

Watson and the students discussed the implications of smoking bans in Tennessee and other states, the diploma nurses issue (where nurses from war take a couple of tests and become certified nurses), and other health care policy concerns.

"I had never thought about the importance [policy] had on my role as a nurse until this class," said Sandra Quay, graduate nursing student, "but in order to take good care of your patients, you have to be involved in all aspects of the profession."


Record enrollment continues
by Jaime Myers
January 25, 2007

Southern Adventist University's enrollment has broken yet another record with 2,542 students enrolled this semester -- 114 more students than the winter semester of last school year.

"Our record-breaking enrollment reaffirms Southern's continual growth," said Vinita Sauder, vice president for Marketing and Enrollment Services. "We're fortunate to have such a wonderful student body and pleased to provide them with an excellent education in a friendly, spiritual environment."


Classes delayed until 11 a.m.
by staff
February 01, 2007

Classes for February 1, 2007 are being delayed due to today's weather. Southern's regular schedule will resume at 11 a.m. with this morning's convocation program.

Honors Music Workshop
by Anh Pham
February 13, 2007

Southern Adventist University hosted the annual Honors Music Workshop -- a gathering of academy orchestras -- last week at Mabel Wood Hall and the Collegedale Seventh-day Adventist Church.

The workshop consisted of an intensive three days of learning, practicing, and performing of new orchestral pieces by about 120 musicians from approximately 11 academies whom gathered and merged their talents into one performance orchestra.

"It's my first [workshop], and it's pretty good," Collegedale Academy freshman and violinist Chris Lopes said. "Playing with a bigger orchestra than what you're used to is cool."

Academy students began arriving on Southern's campus Wednesday night, February 7, and practiced about four musical pieces through Friday. Their efforts culminated with performances during Sabbath morning worship services and a concert that afternoon at the Collegedale Seventh-day Adventist Church.


"Indiana Jones" gives lecture
by Jaime Myers
February 14, 2007

While he didn't brandish a bullwhip or wear a fedora hat, Scott T. Carroll, the "Indiana Jones" of biblical archaeology, talked with Southern Adventist University student about ancient Gnostic manuscripts and their effects on pop culture and religious beliefs today.

After the widespread success of the Da Vinci Code and the purchase and publication of the Gospel of Judas by National Geographic more questions than ever are being asked about the "lost" gospels and their legitimacy.

The Da Vinci Code, by Dan Brown, is a work of fiction that claims to be based in fact. It includes quotes from Gnostic gospels such as the Gospel of Mary Magdalene and the Gospel of Philip to prove that Jesus and Mary Magdalene were married and had children.

The Gospel of Judas is a fourth century manuscript found with a collection of Gnostic texts near Nad Hammadi, Egypt. The basic claim of the text is that Jesus asked Judas Iscariot to betray him, and thereby Judas is made to be the hero because he did the task Jesus told him to do.

"Things like the Da Vinci Code come and go, but the ideas will come up again," said Carroll. After the success of the Da Vinci Code, "it's no coincidence that the Gospel of Judas is being published now."

Himself an owner of a fragment of the Gospel of Judas, which expands on the gospel owned by National Geographic, he is working to publish the fragment, but cautioned students remain firm in their beliefs.

"Never in the history of mankind has a suppression of books worked," said Carroll. Instead, in our own quest for truth, we should always "ask for the evidence."


Hulsey Groundbreaking
by Jaime Myers
February 21, 2007

Southern Adventist University President Gordon Bietz jumped enthusiastically on his golden shovel, sinking it into the frozen earth at the groundbreaking for the Hulsey Wellness Center on February 19.

Attended by school officials, students, faculty, and the community, the groundbreaking signals the start of construction on Phase II of the Hulsey Wellness Center. Phase I, the gymnastic training center, was completed last fall.

"To the Hulsey family and others who gave, thank you for making this dream a reality," said Gordon Retzer, president of the Southern Union.

Wellness success story and senior general studies major, Jon Stewart, who lost 30 pounds with the help of the professors in the School of P.E., Health and Wellness, also broke ground with a bulldozer.

Scheduled to open fall 2008, the Hulsey Wellness Center is a state-of-the-art facility that will include such additions as a heated therapy pool, a 30-foot rock climbing wall, workout facilities, and an indoor track.


Largest Meet the Firms
by staff
February 23, 2007

With approximately 50 vendors on two floors of the church atrium and adjoining rooms, the February 22 Meet the Firms event was the largest Southern Adventist University has ever had.

Meet the Firms is an event where organizations from Chattanooga and throughout the United States set up booths and speak to students about their future careers. Many of the students who attend are in one of Southern's Preparing to Meet the Firms seminar classes offered by the schools of Business, Computing, Communication and Journalism, and Nursing. The event is a culmination to the classes, which prepare students for the career world by teaching them skills in job seeking and fitting into the workplace.

Dawn Burke, a senior business management major wore a dark pantsuit to the event. How to dress for the business world was one thing she learned in the School of Business's Preparing to Meet the Firms class. She had also learned the importance of networking. "Introduce yourself to everyone," she said, "because it's all about who you know."

Many of those who participate in this event are alumni who have the duel interest of hiring and helping students make the transition into the work world.

"It's cool to see that people I know have graduated and become successful but still come back here to help other students get internships and jobs so they can be successful as well," said Heather (Durst) Henning, '04, representative from True North Custom Publishing, who says her company has had several good interns from Southern.

Jeni Hasselbrook, '00, representative from Gordon Hospital, says it's the quality candidates Southern produces that draws her back to her alma mater each year to participate in the event.

"I want to hire Southern nurses at Gordon Hospital because they have a good education," she said, "and the Southern nurses we've had are really appreciated by our doctors."


Student History Conference
by Anh Pham
February 23, 2007

Students and faculty from Southern Adventist University joined their counterparts from three other area schools for the Southeastern Tennessee Student History Conference in downtown Chattanooga.

The event featured presentations by a panel of several students from each college (conference host University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Covenant College, Lee University, and Southern) with opportunity for the panel to entertain questions and comments from the audience. This provides an opportunity for students to learn how to present their research in oral form and how to respond to questions about it.

"It is professionalizing for them and gives them good practice for graduate school and their future careers," said associate professor Lisa Diller from Southern's History Department. "They enjoy getting to see what other history departments are doing -- and I think Southern students feel really good about the quality of their work and education."

Student presenters from Southern were senior history major Marjorie Ellenwood, senior archeology and computer systems administration major Leandro Tracchia, senior history and English major Christian Thomas, and senior history major Jose Otero.


Furniture in Africa
by Anh Pham
February 26, 2007

What is of little use to Southern Adventist University is making a big contribution in Africa.

Desks, filing cabinets, and other office furniture that have been gathering dust and sitting in storage -- some since the 1980s -- are being put to use by schools in Tanzania and Kenya.

In the past, Southern's Service Department has contacted area schools and non-profit organizations and offered them the university's outmoded furniture. This year, it had no local takers. But internationally, it was a different story.

The department met Dan Meehan of the Meehan Foundation who knew of needy schools in Africa that could use the furniture.

"He felt it was his mission to give back to others because of the Lord's blessing in his life," said Donald Lighthall, assistant director of the Service Department.

Meehan, who is retired from the freight shipping business, has thus far paid the cost for shipping two containers -- each filled with between 15,000 to 20,000 pounds of Southern's furniture -- to Africa.

"This was a blessing to be able to have done this," Lighthall said. "Since no one here wanted the stuff it was going to the landfill. Now it is going where it can be used."


National Geographic Document
by Natalia Lopez-Thismon
February 28, 2007

Michael Hasel, director of the Institute of Archaeology and professor of Near Eastern Studies at Southern was one of six scholars interviewed for a National Geographic documentary on engineering in ancient Egypt.

As one of the world's experts on ancient Egyptian military tactics, Hasel flew to London in the middle of February and interviewed for three hours about Egyptian warfare technologies and how these helped keep the Egyptian civilization alive 3,000 years.

"It's always neat to be able to break down the things we often discuss on a scholarly level for the public to see its importance," said Hasel. "Documentaries make things like this happen."

The documentary Engineering Ancient Egypt is expected to air in the fall of 2007 on Britain's channel 4 and on National Geographic in the United States.

Spring Orchestra Concert
by Jaime Myers
March 02, 2007

The Southern Adventist University Symphony Orchestra will perform its annual spring concert on April 1 at 7:30 p.m. The concert will celebrate three of the great "Ms" of classical music.

"It will be a wonderful musical journey from the Classical period of Mozart to the early Romantic period of Mendelssohn followed by the almost-20th century work by Mahler," said Laurie Redmer Minner, Symphony Orchestra conductor.

The concert will open with Mozart's Overture to Don Giovanni, K. 527, conducted by University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) Orchestra conductor Jooyong Ahn.

"The overture is played at the beginning of the opera Don Giovanni before the drama begins," said Minner. "It contains many of the musical themes from the opera itself."

After classical Mozart comes romantic Mendelssohn and his Concerto for Piano No. 1 in G minor, Opus 25. The piano part will be played by Sin Hsing Tsai, piano professor at UTC.

"The mood created by the Mendelssohn is very upbeat and happy even though it is in a minor key," said Minner. "It is a real barn burner of a piece."

Finally, the concert will leave off with a foot in the 20th century with Mahler's Symphony No. 1 in D ("Titan").

"Because it is reflecting love stories in Mahler's own life, the symphony runs the gamut of emotions from hysterical to introspective while covering every emotion in-between," said Minner.

The concert is free, and all are welcome to come. For more information, call 423.236.2880


Accounting by Teleconference
by Anh Pham
March 13, 2007

Students from Southern Adventist University and Atlantic Union College (AUC) will be studying intermediate accounting together -- despite the miles that separate the two schools.

A plasma screen and two cameras -- one pointed at students and the other focused on the professor and blackboard -- will connect the Southern class with its counterpart at AUC.

The idea was conceived about five years ago when Southern operated an MBA program -- on the campus of Florida Hospital College for Florida Hospital employees. Most of the classes were taught live at Florida Hospital College, but several were taught from Southern's campus via teleconferencing.

After learning that AUC's accounting professor had left, Don Van Ornam, dean of Southern's School of Business and Management, remembered the previous success of teleconferencing classes and offered to do the same for AUC.

Currently, the schools are examining ways of synchronizing their plans for the class schedule since Southern starts the fall semester two weeks earlier and both institutions have different spring breaks.

The success of the accounting class by teleconference could open the door for students from various Adventist colleges and universities to experience specialized courses not available at their locations.


Holy Land Tour
by Anh Pham
March 20, 2007

University supporters and alumni recently enjoyed the President's Tour of the Holy Land, an adventure allowing participants to visit biblical sites and retrace many of the journeys taken by Bible characters.

Leading the tour was University President Gordon Bietz and Michael Hasel, director of the Institute of Archaeology and professor of Near Eastern studies and archaeology.

The tour included Jerusalem, Qumran, Masada, Dead Sea, Eliat, Mt. Sinai, Cairo, Sakkara and Giza.

On a visit to the pyramids, the tour enjoyed a newly opened Egyptian museum where they encountered what many Egyptians and enslaved Hebrews may have often seen: Graven images of cobras over the doorposts of each home to protect the inhabitants.

"So that might be why God instructed the Israelites to put the blood of the slain Passover lamb over the doorposts of their home -- not only to indicate that the blood of Jesus was their protection, but in order to do away with a pagan/satanic symbol," Deborah Winters, tour participant, observed. "I think it's wonderful to come across new insights."


Wind Symphony concert
by Jaime Myers
April 02, 2007

Southern Adventist University's Wind Symphony Orchestra will perform its annual spring concert on Sunday, April 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the Collegedale Church.

The concert will kick off with Kenneth Hesketh's Masque and Hollywood composer Warren Baker's Capriccio.

"The first two pieces are very light and cheerful," said Ken Parsons, Wind Symphony director. "Masque is an effervescent piece in which listeners are, in the composer's words, 'invited to let their hair down.'"

At intermission the John Philip Sousa and Patrick Gilmore band awards will be presented to two outstanding members of the Wind Symphony.

The awards will be followed by Ronald Lo Presti's Elegy, a meditation on the crucifixion, and Berlioz's Grande Symphonie Funebre et Triomphale, composed for the tenth anniversary of the 1830 July Revolution in Paris, with a special guest performance by the Collegedale Academy Choirs directed by Jeff Lauritzen.

The concert is free, and all are welcome to come.


IACBE Accreditation
by Natalia Lopez-Thismon
April 04, 2007

The School of Business at Southern Adventist University recently received accreditation by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).

IACBE accredited the School of Business based on its integrity and mission and the action taken to accomplish that mission.

The accreditation does not change the quality of the School of Business' education, but it does enhance the credibility of the program, said Don Van Ornam, dean of School of Business.

It covers all students including those who have graduated in the past from the School of Business and students who will graduate in the future.

Some other programs at Southern were also accredited because of their strong business component including two emphasis in sports studies (management and marketing), and the bachelor of science degree in computer information systems.

"The department is very excited about this new accreditation," said Van Ornam. "It's nice to achieve something we've worked on for so long."


SIFE team wins
by staff
April 09, 2007

The Southern Adventist University SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise) Team won the Atlanta SIFE USA Regional Competition on April 5, 2007. Securing this championship means the team will participate in the National Competition in Dallas, Texas, May 6-8.

During this academic year, the Southern Adventist University SIFE team organized 14 projects in the greater Chattanooga community. Among the projects were an entrepreneurial endeavor where students used eBay to help the Samaritan Center (the only social service agency serving eastern Hamilton County) bring in more money from donated items and an outreach effort where students gave financial literacy presentations at a Spanish church in Fort Payne, Alabama with the help of English-to-Spanish translation provided by SIFE members. In total, 21 SIFE students worked for 388 hours and impacted at least 797 people.

SIFE is an international non-profit organization active on more than 1,400 university campuses in 48 countries. SIFE Teams create economic opportunities in their communities by organizing outreach projects that teach market economics, entrepreneurship, personal financial success skills, and business ethics. Their projects are judged at competition on creativity, innovation, and effectiveness.

Southern's SIFE team is a function of the university's School of Business and Management, which is accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).


Campus Research Day
by Natalia Lopez-Thismon
April 11, 2007

Campus Research Day at Southern Adventist University on April 10, 2007 began with a presentation by Joie Davis, '70, a researcher for the National Human Genome Research Institute.

Davis talked to students and faculty about her findings from a 12-year study that is continuing on Hyper IgE Syndrome. The illness is also known as Job's syndrome, so named because of the boils that occur with the disease, among other symptoms.

As the day continued, students from Nursing, Social Work & Family Studies, History, English, and Journalism and Communication presented their research and findings.

"I think that all this research being done by our students and faculty gives us credibility as a university," said Cristhel Carcamo, a senior mass communications major who presented on Research Day. "Many people in our university as well as outsiders will be able to use and learn from the research that we are doing now."

Easter-themed Program
by Anh Pham
April 11, 2007

Southern Adventist University's School of Music will present a special Easter-themed evensong program by its combined choral ensembles at the Collegedale Seventh-day Adventist Church, Saturday, April 21 at 8 p.m.

Titled Easter Reflections, the concert features Vaughan Williams' Five Mystical Songs.

The concert is free, and all are welcome to come enjoy a night of music.


Dino Dig
by Jaime Myers
April 27, 2007

Southern Adventist University, in conjunction with Southwestern Adventist University, is going prehistoric. Students, alumni, and friends of Southern are invited to get their hands dirty unearthing dinosaurs in Wyoming while learning how to answer questions about dinosaurs from a biblical perspective.

There are two way to participate in the "Dino Dig" excavations:

President's Dinosaur Dig

The first paleontology adventure will be on the first-ever Southern Adventist University President's Dinosaur Dig, led by President Gordon Bietz and Biology Professor Lee Spencer for alumni faculty, staff, and friends of Southern. The tour will be from June 1 to 10 near Newcastle, Wyoming.

"The President's Dinosaur Dig is a great opportunity for Southern alumni, faculty, staff, and friends to get together under unique circumstances," said Leslie Ann Schwarzer, administrative assistant for Advancement. "Not many people get to dig for dinosaurs in their lives, and it's a wonderful way for people to strengthen their faith."

The cost for the President's Dinosaur Dig is $695, which includes costs at the dig site. Roundtrip transportation from the participants' homes to Newcastle is not included.

Dinosaurs in the Classroom

Dinosaurs in the Classroom, a graduate class aimed at education master's students and current teachers, will be offered from June 10 to 21 at an excavation site near Newcastle, Wyoming. Students will take part in excavations while they learn about the different species of dinosaurs and geologic ages.

"Students often know more about dinosaurs than their teacher, especially in Adventist schools," said Lee Spencer. "This will give our teachers an introduction in how to handle these discussions from a literal Bible perspective."

The cost for Dinosaurs in the Classroom is $1,384, which includes 2 hours of tuition and costs at the dig site. Students are responsible for arranging roundtrip transportation from home to Newcastle.

For more information about the President's Dinosaur Dig contact Leslie Ann Schwarzer at 423.236.2829 or visit the Advancement website. For more information about Dinosaurs in the Classroom, or the dig site contact Lee Spencer at 423.236.2997.


Construction management major
by Jamie Myers
August 06, 2007

Southern Adventist University's Technology Department plans to offer a new two-year degree in construction management, follow board approval, to meet the growing needs of the construction industry.

"There is a high demand for qualified construction managers," said Ray Carson, assistant professor of technology. "What's unique about our program is it's very intensive and hands-on, whereas many other programs are more intellectual."

As Carson explains, students with field experience generally have a more solid background in both trade and management positions than those who spend the majority of their time in the classroom.

The Technology Department plans for the construction management majors to build one house per year. The department is currently exploring the possibility of constructing houses for the university or Habitat for Humanity.

Southern will be the only Adventist institution to offer a degree in construction management.


U.S. News Top Tier College
by staff
August 17, 2007

Southern Adventist University is ranked one of the "Best Baccalaureate Colleges" in the South by the U.S. News & World Report in its 2008 "America's Best Colleges" edition. This is the sixth year Southern has been listed as a Top Tier college.

Of the 47 colleges and universities garnering the coveted Top Tier ranking this year, Southern was listed as number 22, an improvement upon last year's rank of 29.

"The U.S.News rankings reaffirm the quality and value of Southern Adventist's outstanding programs and top-notch faculty," said Vinita Sauder, vice president for Marketing and Enrollment Services. "We are very pleased to be in the top tier category again this year." The U.S. News rankings are used primarily by parents and prospective students as criteria in selecting colleges. This year, 320 baccalaureate colleges ranked within four regions, are included in the report. A baccalaureate college is one that focuses on undergraduate education and offers a range of degree programs.


Cleanup Saves Caver's Life
by staff
August 20, 2007

When a local caver fell 35 feet in the Pryor Springs Cave last week, his landing was very different than it would have been just a couple months earlier. Rather than landing on jagged rusty pipe, he landed on the cave floor -- a difference that many rescuers credit for saving his life.

For decades, the pipe sat at the base of the cave's vertical entrance much like a pile of pick-up sticks, creating a challenging obstacle for cavers to work around.

"The metal pipe was an annoyance," said Aaron Meyer, a graduate assistant is Southern's outdoor education program. "It distracted from the beauty of the cave and was somewhat dangerous to rappel down onto."

Concerned about the safety of cavers and wanting to do something for the landowners whose water source was affected by the metal in the cave, several graduate assistants from Southern Adventist University and a group of campers from Peak Adventure Ministries in Bryson City, North Carolina, decided to remove the pipe from the cave.

Taking advantage of this summer's drought, which left a less-than-normal amount of water flowing through the cave, Aaron and fellow graduate assistant Stephen Bontekoe spent six to seven hours in their wetsuits working under the stream of the cave's waterfall. Using ropes, they sent bundles of pipe up to the entrance where graduate assistant Meghan Weese and the Peak Adventure Ministries Campers retrieved the pipe and hauled it away.

"The experience of cleaning out the cave was physically difficult but extremely rewarding," Meghan says. "God saved [the caver's] life by putting the group of us there to clean the cave."


New student dedication
by Natalia Lopez-Thismon
August 28, 2007

As is Southern Adventist University tradition, hundreds of new students entered Collegedale Seventh-day Adventist Church on August 26 along with some parents and university faculty to begin the new year with a dedication for new students.

President Gordon Bietz challenged the new group of students to success. He also exhorted them to become "thinkers and not reflectors of other men's thoughts."

The president gave students important pieces of advice that will help them during their college career.

"Today is the first day of the rest of your life," he told them, encouraging them to take advantage of the education they are going to receive. "What you decide today will determine tomorrow."

Bietz's straightforward words of advice inspired freshmen and transfer students alike.

"I felt motivated to be involved in activities and clubs but especially to study," said Marleni Zorrilla, freshman nursing major.

"My first year of college back home I was slacking," said Joshua Haddock, a sophomore English major who transferred to Southern this year. "But the dedication program has motivated me to be a better student this year."

New students are continuing to know Southern through Wednesday, August 29 through PowerStart, a series of orientations, seminars, and activities planned just for Southern's new students.


Library remodels for fall
by Jaime Myers
August 30, 2007

Southern Adventist University students will notice a big change at the "knowledge commons" this fall. Over the summer, the lower level and second floor of McKee Library have been remodeled and redecorated, updating everything from the paint to the location of some library services.

"A new look to our facility shows that we care about students," said Genevieve Cottrell, library director. "We want them to be comfortable and happy to be in this space."

The improvements include new paint and carpet, new laptop-friendly tables and comfortable chairs, and a new shelving layout that lets in more natural light and is ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant.

In addition to coats of paint, McKee Library now has a dedicated instruction lab complete with computers and a projector and a group media viewing space; the Writing Center has moved from the second floor to the lower level; and A.N.G.E.L., which was previously on the lower level, moved to a house on University Drive.

Plans are underway for more renovations in the future.


Prayer Breakfast
by Anh Pham
August 30, 2007

President Gordon Bietz encouraged students at the annual President's Prayer Breakfast on August 27 to heed the Old Testament example of Godly devotion by Daniel and his three friends.

"What will you stand up for in a 'bow down' world?" Bietz asked. "Will your faith be one of conviction or convenience?"

The annual prayer breakfast is a part of the university's mission of providing a Christ-focused environment for learning through continual dependence on God.

Bietz said, "Prayer is our outward expression of an internal commitment to maintain the school as a place of growing spiritual life. It is important for new students to know at the beginning of their education at Southern that we hold prayer and the spiritual life as central to our mission."

Junior journalism major Muneca Ramos said the prayer breakfast was a good way to start the new school year.

"Some people are afraid of the spotlight, they shy away and want to mingle with the crowd," she said. "But we have to stand up for God. We need to learn to be leaders that don't compromise."

Secret of the Cave Released
by staff
September 04, 2007

Secret of the Cave, a feature film created by Southern Adventist University with assistance from students and faculty, was released on DVD September 4.

The DVD is available nationally at Blockbuster, Movie Gallery, Hollywood Video, and RedBox and online at,,,,, and

Filmed on-location in Ireland with some scenes shot locally, Secret of the Cave provided an opportunity for the 25 Southern students to learn about filmmaking in a hands-on teaching environment. Film professionals held key positions, while students participated in nearly every aspect of the film's production. Irish actor Patrick Bergin, known for prominent roles in Patriot Games and Robin Hood played the role of Roy's father. Rhoda Griffis, who has had roles in We Are Marshall, Walk the Line, Runaway Jury, and Dawson's Creek, plays Roy's mom.

Based on a 1920s children's book of the same name, Secret of the Cave is a suspenseful tale of an American boy, Roy, who uncovers what is behind the puzzling events that are a mystery to the townsfolk of the small Irish fishing village he is visiting. The family-focused adventure film explores themes of forgiveness and selflessness.

Secret of the Cave was awarded the Crystal Heart Award, at the Heartland Film Festival in Indianapolis, Indiana last year. The Dove Foundation has also awarded the Family-Approved Seal it.

Southern Adventist University is working in conjunction with Carmel Entertainment and First Look Studios in making the DVD available for release.

For more information go to

Ministries Expo
by Anh Pham
September 11, 2007

Southern's student body spent an evening after vespers on Friday, September 7 learning about and joining the many ministries offered at the university during the annual Ministries Expo.

More than 30 booths -- featuring ministries such as literature evangelism and small groups to Bible work and Christian drama -- were set up outdoors between the Collegedale Church and A.W. Spalding Elementary School.

The Ministries Expo is held early in the year to enlist students to do ministry -- not to just hear about it.

"It's always been a goal here at Southern not only to tell students about Jesus, but for them to experience Christ themselves," Assistant Chaplain Kevin Kibble said.

"We pitch opportunities for students to grow spiritually," Kibble said. "Whether that is knocking on doors, doing day camps, or any number of ministries that may fit their fancy in sharing Jesus with the world."

Senior business major Taylor Paris said the event was a wonderful chance for students to continue their spiritual growth outside the classroom.

"It gives us the opportunity to see what's out there," Taylor said. "To get plugged in and make a difference on campus, in the area, and around the world."

Continued Growth
by staff
September 14, 2007

Enrollment at Southern Adventist University is at a record high for the 8th year in a row and marks the 12th consecutive year of continuous growth. The total number of students enrolled for fall 2007 is 2,640 -- 47 students more than fall 2006 and 1,049 more students than fall 1995.

Since 1995, Southern has added graduate programs, incorporated a School of Visual Art and Design, opened a new science building, and added distance learning, and expanded student housing significantly. Southern continues to expand with the construction of a wellness center to encourage healthy living and a new nursing building to accommodate Southern's rapidly expanding nursing program.

"I am grateful that the mission of Southern Adventist University continues to draw many students from all over," says President Gordon Bietz.

"In spite of growth, we intentionally maintain a learning environment based on networking, small groups, and personal interaction with professors," explains Vinita Sauder, vice president for Marketing and Enrollment Services. "We never want to lose our personal touch. Students find a unique faith environment here that is distinctively different from the larger public universities and colleges. It's what makes us very special."

This year, undergraduate enrollment is up by 26 students and graduate enrollment is up by 21. Freshman headcount is at 535. In addition to the total headcount being up, the number of FTEs, or full-time equivalents, is up 59 overall.

Orchestra Concert
by Anh Pham
September 27, 2007

The first symphony concert of Southern Adventist University's Performing Arts Series will feature favorites and classics as well as a performance by vocalist Julie Penner at the Collegedale Adventist Church on October 7 at 7:30 p.m.

Pieces highlighted at the event will include the William Tell overture by Gioacchino Rossini and Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 by Heitor Villa-Lobos, which will feature eight solo cellos and Penner as the soprano soloist.

The program will conclude with the Symphony No. 5 in C minor by Ludwig van Beethoven, the crowd-pleasing famous fate theme.

Since 1993, Penner has been the director of vocal activities at Southern. Along with teaching, she is active as a soloist and has performed nationally and in Canada, Israel, Jordan, and Greece.

The concert is free, and all are welcome to come enjoy a night of music.

Inner-city camp renovations
December 12, 2007

Southern Adventist University's outdoor leadership and outdoor education programs are partnering with the Boys and Girls Club of Chattanooga to help inner-city children from underprivileged families get a taste of the natural world.

In early December, nearly 20 Southern students volunteered their time to help clean up Camp Kiwanis at Hidden Valley, which is owned by the Boys and Girls Club. Students helped with some repairs around the camp and clear some of the trails and roads leading back to the camp's currently vacant horse barn.This was a first step in helping improve the camp and make it more functional.

Camp Kiwanis has been around since the 1960s. It operated as an overnight camp until about four years ago when staffing problems reduced its use to summer day camps.

The trails have been here for years, said local resident Chris Hankins, who has taken an interest in the camp and helped get Southern and other local organizations involved in fixing it up, but about half of them were so overgrown you couldn't even hardly get down them.

Other organizations who have helped with this project include Lee University and HeartWise Ministires, a nondenominational outreach ministry dedicated to helping kids and bringing Christians of all faiths together for the good of the community.

Steve Bonakoe, an outdoor education graduate assistant, said Southern graduate students plan to visit Kiwanis in January to evaluate the resources available there and develop a proposed plan on how to make the most of the camp.

Academy seniors ViewSouthern
by Natalia Lopez-Thismon
October 01, 2007

Nearly 550 academy seniors from all across the Southern Union arrived at Southern Adventist University on September 24 to participate in ViewSouthern.

During ViewSouthern, academy students become familiar with Southern's campus, meet professors and current students, and get a feel for college life at the university.

In early September, each academy senior informed Southern through a computer system which majors caught his or her attention the most. When students arrived at Southern, they received personalized lanyards with customized itineraries based on what they had chosen as their career interests.

Southern students representing each academic department showed the academy students around campus and helped them find the locations of the various seminars.

Southern demonstrated the spiritual and social aspects of the university as well.

On Monday night, a worship service was held for all the academy seniors. Brennon Kirstein, Southern's new chaplain, spoke; Black Christian Union's gospel choir had the special music; and Lot 40, a contemporary Christian band had the song service at the beginning of the program.

"It showed worship diversity and cultural diversity on our campus," said Jackie James, assistant director of Enrollment Services.

Students enjoyed an ice cream party, a mariachi band at lunch, and a game night at Iles P.E. Center. The weekend had a largely positive response from students.

"I loved the Christian atmosphere and the continuation of a family-like environment," said Jocelyn Prado, Forest Lake Academy senior, interested in pastoral care. "I feel like I can do something here at Southern, like I can make a difference here."


Inca Son concert
by Natalia Lopez-Thismon
October 02, 2007

Southern Adventist University will be hosting a night of traditional Peruvian music by Inca Son on October 15, 2007, at 7:30 p.m. in the Iles P.E. Center.

Clad in colorful, traditional Incan attire, Inca Son creates unique arrangements of traditional songs and shares the cultural importance of each song with the audience. In addition, the musicians are also craftsmen, making many of the instruments they play.

Inca Son has received many awards, including the Independent Music Award for "Best World Traditional Song."

Tickets cost $10 for adults or $20 for families.

For more information, call 423.236.2880.


Dave & Jan Dravecky
by Anh Pham
October 03, 2007

As a former major league baseball player, Dave Dravecky was used to standing inside crowded stadiums playing the game he loves. Now as an inspirational speaker, he stands before packed audiences sharing the God he loves.

Dave and his wife, Jan, shared their testimony of success, heartache, and comeback during packed convocations on September 26 and 27.

Despite a pitching career cut short because of cancer, Dave learned he was defined by more than fame and worldly success.

"Baseball was just a stepping stone," Dave told students as he shared his testimony. "I realized that I needed to love God and to take that love to others."


InTents meetings
by Natalia Lopez-Thismon
October 09, 2007

Southern's annual InTents meetings are being held October 8-12 in a large tent in front of Mable Wood Hall.

"Students like InTents because it's different than a typical church setting," said Ruben Covarrubias, assistant chaplain. "It's a different ambiance, and it gives the revival type of feel that students enjoy."

This year's theme for InTents is "Reach." As part of this, representatives from Campus Ministries will be briefly speaking during each meeting about the different programs at Southern for reaching people.

The speaker is Pastor Dave Ferguson, chaplain of Blue Mountain Academy in Pennsylvania and co-leader of True Wind ministries, an organization dedicated to developing future leaders out of the church's youth.

"I think Pastor Ferguson's style is very effective in reaching college age students," said Carol Phillips, senior health science major. "He's engaging and funny yet can be very serious and effective in portraying God's love for us in a clear and simple manner."


College Fair Tours
by Anh Pham
October 09, 2007

On September 17, Southern kicked off its ninth year participating in the annual North American Division academy fairs tour. Academy fairs are planned from mid-September to February and are set to take place at Adventist academies throughout the United States as well as parts of Canada.

Southern Enrollment Counselor Adam Brown completed the first leg of the tour, the Mid America Tour, in late September where he and fellow counselor Nathalie Mazo visited more than 350 academy students.

During a visit at Campion Academy in Loveland, Colorado, Brown had the opportunity to share his testimony with an academy student.

"I told him my testimony of Southern, how it was a place that I grew so much spiritually and started a real relationship with God," Brown said. "But most of all I shared with him about Jesus and how this is a place you can find Him if you seek Him. "Then I told Him to pray about it and that God would lead Him to where He wants Him to be. The boy seemed very excited. I don't know if he will attend Southern or not, but conversations like these make my job so fulfilling."

Remaining fairs include: Columbia Tour, October 7-12; Lake Union Tour, October 15-19; Southern Union Tour, October 22-November 1; Atlantic Union and Toronto Tour, November 1-14; Northern California and Hawaii Tour, November 26-December 4; Southwest Tour, January 14-18; Southern California Tour, January 28-February 1.

Southern is currently accepting applications for the 2007/2008 school year. For admissions information and an academy fair schedule click here.


Prayer Room
by Natalia Lopez-Thismon
October 11, 2007

Southern's Campus Ministries office is making a special prayer room available to students for 120 hours.

The prayer room, located in the Student Center, opened on Friday, October 5, after vespers and let students who enter the room guide themselves through the 14 stations designed to strengthen their prayer lives and relationships with God.

The stations take students through a journey of different aspects of prayer. Some stations focused on prayers of confession, others on prayers for the Holy Spirit, or intercessory prayers. Students are even invited to draw prayers or create them out of clay.

The prayer room has been set up in combination with the InTents meetings, an annual week of prayer at Southern held under a large tent in front of Mable Wood Hall.

"[The prayer room] is a way for us to react on a personal level to InTents and to express ourselves creatively in prayer," said Rick Anderson, a junior religious studies major, who experienced the prayer room. "We live intensely busy lives, and it's hard to find devotional time. The prayer room helps us find that time and teaches us to speak and listen to God in new ways."

The prayer room idea originated with Nicola Carleton, a full-time lay missionary who has felt a calling from God to introduce Christians to Jesus Christ.

"To understand worship is to understand what we'll be doing for eternity in heaven," said Carleton. "I would like for people to keep falling in love with Jesus, to see miracles when they pray, and to hear from God. They'll never be the same again."


Sietze de Vries Concert
by Natalia Lopez-Thismon
October 15, 2007

A concert by award-winning organist Sietze de Vries will take place at the Collegedale Seventh-day Adventist Church on October 23 at 7:30 p.m.

Michael Barone, creator, host, and producer of Pipedreams will moderate the concert, which will include an organ demonstration, I Cantori (Southern's 40-member chamber choir), and Sietze de Vries improvising to traditional hymn tunes.

De Vries, has performed across Europe and the United States and in 2002 won the international improvisation competition. He also served as mentor to recent Southern graduate Kristopher Schwinn, studied improvisation and literature with De Vries in Groningen, Holland, as a Fullbright scholar.

The concert is free, and all are welcome to attend.


Students learn in DC
by Anh Pham
October 15, 2007

In late September, the country's capital became the classroom for 11 Southern students studying social welfare issues and policies.

The students met with U.S. Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee and Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones and visited their representatives as part of their policy study.

"The best kind of learning is hands on," said senior social work major Danielle Coon. "It was really exciting to go and meet with various policy makers and see the process in action."

The annual trip, first beginning in 1998, helps dissolve notions that passing policy involves little more than partisan politics.

"For a policy to have success, people have to work together," said Social Work Professor Gary Jones, who led the visit. "Republicans, Democrats, and Independents have to collaborate to get policy to pass."

Students visited with their representatives on matters such as health care reform, domestic violence, homelessness, and student-loan forgiveness for social workers.

"Students often get caught up in the here and now and stay focused on their own lives and fail to look at the big picture," Danielle said. "This trip brings awareness of policy to students and how it effects their lives and their future. I hope in the future I will be able to be actively involved in shaping policies that will enhance the lives of people."


Adventist Heritage Tour
by Anh Pham
October 29, 2007

Southern Adventist University students were able to see and experience Adventism's rich history thanks to 2001 graduate Michael Campbell returning to his alma mater to host the Origins of Adventism Tour.

Campbell, who graduated with degrees in history and theology and currently serves as a pastor, became fascinated with Adventist heritage after reading the The Great Controversy as a 13-year-old and began collecting original Adventist books. He conceived the idea of a tour as a student and first made it into reality Fall 1999 with the help of religion professor Jud Lake. This year he returned to host the tour after stints of interning at the White Estate at the end of academy and summers during college, working at the estate's Andrews University branch as a graduate assistant, and at the estate's branch at Loma Linda while completing his doctorates.

"It's significant to remember the sacrifice and commitment our pioneers made for Jesus Christ," Campbell said. "They were young people our age who founded the church. This tour helps catch the idea of what it was to live then, to become passionate about what they were passionate about."

About 25 Southern went on the tour during their mid-term break, October 18-22, visiting historic Adventist sites in New England, such as Joseph Bates' home in Fairhaven, Massachusetts, Old Sturbridge Village (a reenactment of daily life in early 19th century America) in Sturbridge, Massachusetts to the birthplace of Uriah Smith in West Wilton, New Hampshire, and the William Miller Farm in Low Hampton, New York.

"This trip is a life-altering experience," said senior theology major Brian Norton. "If you want to see your life changed and have your eyes opened to what happened to us as a Church in the early years, then this is the best way to do it."

Film Premier
by Anh Pham
October 30, 2007

Southern Adventist University and the City of Chattanooga Department of Education, Arts & Culture will host the Chattanooga premiere for Secret of the Cave, the university's nationally recognized feature film, at the Tivoli Theatre on November 8 at 7 p.m.

Secret of the Cave is a suspenseful tale of a boy named Roy who uncovers what is behind the puzzling events in a small Irish fishing village as themes of forgiveness and selflessness are explored. This film, which provided an opportunity for the 25 Southern students to learn about filmmaking in a hands-on teaching environment, has been awarded the Heartland Film Festival's Crystal Heart Award and the Dove Foundation's Family-Approved Seal.

Among those helping celebrate the release of this film are Chattanooga Mayor Ron Littlefield and actors Kevin Novotny, who plays the part of Roy, and Niamh Finn, who plays the part of Abbey.

Admission to the event is by complimentary ticket only. RSVP online or by calling 423.236.2831.


Orchestra Concert
by Anh Pham
October 30, 2007

Southern Adventist University's symphony orchestra, conducted by Laurie Redmer Minner, presents a night of fine music at the Collegedale Seventh-day Adventist Church on November 11 at 7:30 p.m..

Nikolasa Tejero, recipient of the Outstanding Performer Award at the 1991 International Music Festival in Sydney, Australia, is featured soloist in the concert's Copland Concerto for Clarinet. The concert will also include the Beatrice and Benedict Overture by Berlioz and Tchaikovsky's massive Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64.

The concert is free, and all are welcome to come enjoy a night of music. For more information, call 423.236.2880.

Invisible Children
by Jaime Myers
November 07, 2007

Southern Adventist University was host to a model of a Ugandan internally displaced persons (IDP) camp constructed by students to raise awareness about Invisible Children, Inc. and problems facing the war-torn Uganda. "I saw the [Invisible Children] movie and it hit me so hard -- to see the lives of people in Uganda, to see their suffering, and what they must endure every single day," said Adam Litchfield, junior business administration major and event organizer. "It was something that God would not let me forget." Each structure in the camp addressed a separate issue facing residents of IDP camps in Uganda. Huts dealt with the lack of food and medical care as well as the high number of orphans and the stress that living in an IDP camp puts on the family. In addition, a model school was built to raise awareness of the limited educational opportunities that children in IDP camps have, and a hut was dedicated to the history of the war in Uganda. Invisible Children is an international non-profit organization, which seeks to alleviate suffering and provide educational and economic opportunities to the people of Uganda.

Christmas on the Promenade
by Anh Pham
November 13, 2007

A live nativity, choral and ensemble music, and a 32-foot-tall Christmas tree will kick off the Christmas season at Southern Adventist University's annual Christmas celebration on November 27 at 6:30 p.m.

"It will be a chance to connect with friends and enjoy some surprises connected with the evening," said Kari Shultz, director of student life and activities.

The evening will also feature performances of Christmas favorites by local music groups, elaborate decorations, and refreshments along the Promenade.

Nursing Center Breaks Ground
by Jaime Myers
November 15, 2007

The School of Nursing will be breaking ground for construction of the Center for Nursing Education on December 2 at 2 p.m. It will be held in the Jones Parking Lot between Miller and Daniells halls and next to the Garden of Prayer.

The Center for Nursing Education will be twice the size of the current nursing building (Herin Hall) and will include more classroom space, an ASAP (assisting students to achieve professionally) tutorial computer classroom, and special skills labs that will simulate a standard hospital room and an outpatient setting.

Construction of the building continues Southern's long partnership with Florida Hospital.

The $4.5 million Center for Nursing Education is funded by the Health and Healing Campaign.

Cultural Reality Workshop
by Jaime Myers
November 15, 2007

Community health nursing and introduction to wellness students became patients during a special cultural reality workshop in October.

Spanish-speaking volunteers played the roles of receptionists, doctors, and medical specialists in a mock-hospital. At the beginning of the simulation, the students received a package with a scenario, which included their character's personal information and symptoms. Others received a small doll, which represented their child who was ill. Students also received an English-Spanish dictionary to help them communicate with the "hospital staff." Students were then expected to fill out forms, describe their symptoms, and navigate to any necessary referrals in Spanish.

"We want the students to empathize with those who struggle with a language barrier," said Sylvia Mayer, nursing professor and organizer of the event. "We want the students to see what they see and feel what they feel in order to anticipate a culturally diverse workplace in the future."

While the students struggled with confusion and frustration at the communication barrier, the overall lesson was positive.

"We take for granted that we speak the language," said Abri Oberholster, senior nursing major. "It's good to experience how those who can't communicate so easily feel."

The workshop is held each semester.

Young America's Financial Coach
by Anh Pham
November 21, 2007

Peter Bielagus, who once found himself with $5,000 of credit card debt his freshman year of college, presented two convocations on November 13 advising Southern Adventist University students how to avoid making similar financial mistakes.

"When I arrived on campus, I signed up for every credit card they threw in front of me," Bielagus, currently a speaker, author, and licensed financial advisor, said. "No one ever told me this hurts my credit score. No one ever told me I even had a credit score."

Bielagus travels to colleges and universities nationwide helping college students improve their financial lives. "Most Americans, let alone most college students, don't know what their credit score is." Says Bielagus, "This number literally determines how expensive your life will be and will affect your ability to get a job. I try to tell students the financial information they need to know before they need to know it."

Tips such as creating a budget, paying back debt, and planning for retirement were a few of the items Bielagus discussed with students.

"It helped me realize you don't have to be a genius with finances," junior theology major Justin Wilson said after the convocations. "You just need self-control with money and a plan."

Winter Registration
by Jaime Myers
December 03, 2007

Online registration for new and transfer students will be open on December 3 and will remain open until January 11. Registration is accessible through

The Records and Advisement Office recommends that prior to registering, students should set up an Access account and print a degree audit, which will aid students in choosing the classes needed for their major. When choosing classes, they should consult the class schedule to avoid conflicts.

It is also recommended that new and transfer students meet with or email their academic advisor to plan the classes that will meet their general education and major requirements.

For more information, call Records and Advisement at 423.236.2899.

Moscow Nights and Golden Gates
January 02, 2008

Students and community members will have the opportunity to enjoy an authentic glimpse into old Russia on Wednesday, January 16, at 7:30 p.m. through music, song, and dance performed by the award-winning ambassadors from Russia, Moscow Nights, and children's singing and dancing group, Golden Gates.

The program will be held in the campus's Iles P.E. Center and will center on masterpieces of Russian folklore, representing the diversity of the culture from gently humorous songs to elaborate lyrical suites to pulsating dance numbers.

The cost for the event is $10 per adult, $20 per family, or free with a Southern Adventist University ID card. For more information, call 423.236.2814.

Concerto Concert
by staff
January 15, 2008

The Southern Adventist University Symphony Orchestra annual concerto concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 27, at the Collegedale-Seventh-day Adventist Church.

The program will feature eight young artists performing the works of Chopin, Saint-Saens, Tchaikovsky, Bruch, Elgar, Sarasate, Lalo, and Rachmaninoff and will open with Borodin's Prince Igor Overture.

For more information, call 423.236.2880.

Southern Legend Passes
by staff
January 16, 2008

K.R. Davis, who devoted nearly 50 years of his life (1959-1966 and 1970-2007) to serving Southern Adventist University, passed away on January 16.

Affectionately known as Mr. Southern, Davis wore many hats at Southern including working as a dean, counselor, recruiter, and Student Association sponsor. For a time, he even stepped in as a professor, teaching religion classes and photography.

In 1973, the Southern's Board of Trustees voted him a letter of commendation for work beyond the call of duty, including his extra mile carpentry in building the Student Park shelter, various sets for student talent programs, saunas for the residence halls, and many other projects.

Though Davis officially retired from Southern at the age of 65, he continued working in the role of assistant to the president until this past November, when at the age of 86 he was hospitalized with pneumonia.

God has really blessed me, Davis told a student reporter shortly before his hospitalization. As long as I can work, I'm gonna work here. This was a promise he kept.

Davis was predeceased by his wife, Jeanne, who served as executive secretary for three presidents at Southern. He is survived by daughters: Mariellen Davis, '67, and former faculty member and current Southern volunteer Peggy Elkins, '75, along with grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and other family members.

Family visitation is scheduled for January 19, 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Home on East Brainerd Road in Chattanooga, Tennessee. A private service will be held for the family on Sunday, January 20, and a public celebration of life service will be held at a later date.

New Chaplain
by Anh Pham
December 20, 2006

A 1994 graduate of Southern Adventist University, Brennon Kirstein, is his alma mater's newest chaplain, but if it wasn't for the man he's replacing, Ken Rogers, he might not have become a chaplain at all.

As a student working in Campus Ministries under Rogers, Kirstein developed a passion for fostering students on campus with the gifts God gave them.

"College is a good time to experiment in a good way," Kirstein said. "Working with students in how they can use the skills they're learning to bless others -- that's exciting to me. Ken was a very significant role model, and I want to do the same for others."

In the early '90s, a life-shaping scenario would unfold regularly in the offices of Southern's Campus Ministries. Seated in a circle with his fellow student workers, Kirstein watched as Rogers presided over their weekly staff meeting. One-by-one Rogers would call upon each person with the same question.

"What has God placed in your hearts," Kirstein recalls Rogers saying. "What has God called you to do?"

They would share what God had impressed upon them for service, outreach, and ministry and discuss what they could do about it.

"Ken empowered us, equipped us, and created an environment to go about it," Kirstein said. "We were set free to accomplish what God led us to do."

After receiving his undergraduate degree and serving as assistant chaplain and Campus Ministries director, Kirstein attended seminary and later became a youth pastor in Georgia and associate pastor for college-age students and young adults in Florida.

In his ministry, Kirstein followed Ken's example for developing programs for people he pastored. Regularly, his volunteers and church staff sat in a circle, much like he had as a college student, sharing ideas God gave them.

"I would have a blank sheet of paper and ask, 'Give me your dream in how to reach the youth here,'" he said. "Some of the best planning sessions would result."

As Kirstein implemented the skills he learned at Southern, he never let go of the thought to return to his alma mater.

"I realized it was my dream job when I was assistant chaplain," he said. "Ever since I left, it's been my dream to come back."

Kirstein plans on bringing the lessons he's learned and passing them on when he assumes his role as Southern's new chaplain later this semester.

"I'm excited that I can be a part of something where students' needs can be met," he said. "When students can be prepared and equipped to do ministry for God, the sky's the limit for what God can do."



"Late Nighters" at Library
by Natalia Lopez-Thismon
December 13, 2006

Students burnt the midnight oil at McKee Library on December 3.

Professors, Writing Center tutors, and library staff were there to help students until 1 a.m. The library also provided hot chocolate and hot apple cider for those who were studying.

The total headcount for the night was 1,276 students, and at any given time throughout the evening, there were 70-75 students studying at McKee Library. Writing Center tutors were booked all night until the library closed.

"It was nice," said Annie Bellefleur, junior nursing major. "Because it gave me an opportunity to study at the library for my finals."

"Many students told us how much they appreciated the extra time we afforded them," said Genevieve Cottrell, director of libraries at Southern. "There were requests for us to stay open late other times during the semester."

Cottrell said that the library would consider student requests to have "Late Nighters" more often.

"It was just amazing to see how happy the students were about it," said Frank Di Memmo, media librarian.

A second "Late Nighter" is scheduled again for April 15, 2007.


Online registration now open
by Natalia Lopez-Thismon
December 05, 2006

Online registration for new and transfer students is now open and is accessible for all students through Classes begin January 8, 2007 but registration will remain open until January 12, 2007.

New or transfer students should seek out their academic advisors for help on choosing classes or other questions they may have about registration.

Pre- registration opened for current students in November. However, they will not be given priority over new and transfer students.

For more information call Records and Advisement at 423.236.2899.


I Cantori sings at library
by Natalia Lopez-Thismon
December 01, 2006

Voices rose above a whisper at McKee Library on November 29, but the librarians didn't mind.

I Cantori, Southern's 36 member choir, sang a selection of Christmas music at lunchtime in the library's foyer with Gennevieve Brown-Kibble conducting them from the library stairs. They later moved to the second floor of he library and sang in front of the railings to those below and around them.

Those unaware that I Cantori was going to sing, seemed pleasantly surprised as they paused from their studies to enjoy the music.

"It was weird at first because the library is such a quiet place," said freshman social work major Mariesa Swisher who is a member of I Cantori. "but we filled it up with the sounds and melodies that God gave us."

"I thought it was wonderful!" said Sarah De Azevedo, junior international business major. "It would be awesome if they could come sing more often. The music was so soft -- I don't think it would disturb students."

Brown-Kibble said that choirs singing in large libraries isn't such a strange thing.

"We don't often make our library an artistic environment," said Brown-Kibble. "But art belongs there."

This is the first time ever that the library has music like this, said Frank Di Memmo, media librarian. He also said that the library will try to continue displaying the talents of students throughout the campus.

Part of this effort includes the exhibits where art students can display their artwork. Di Memmo plans to bring a musical group or individual singer to McKee Library once a month.

"We're trying to promote the library," said Di Memmo. "We want to let students know that the library is a good place to be."


Christmas Concert
by Jaime Myers
November 28, 2006

The Southern Adventist University School of Music will perform its annual Christmas concert on December 9 at 3:30 p.m.

The choirs, soloists, and orchestra will perform J.S. Bach's sparkling Magnificat in D.

" Known also as Mary's Song, the Magnificat text is taken from Luke 1:46-55," said Gennevieve Brown-Kibble, choir director and professor in the School of Music. "It features an unusually rich five-part chorus and a sparkling trio of trumpets to highlight portions of the dramatic text."

The concert is free, and all are invited to come early to enjoy favorite sing-along Christmas carols with the symphony orchestra, brass choir, and organ.

Christmas Pops Concert
by Anh Pham
November 20, 2006

Southern Adventist University's Wind Symphony and Jazz Ensemble will present a special Christmas concert with an appearance by Santa at the Iles P.E. Center on December 2 at 8 p.m.

Featured pieces will include Newell Long's "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" with President Gordon Bietz narrating as well as Gustav Holst's "First Suite in Eb for Military Band."

The concert is free, and all are welcome to an evening of upbeat Christmas music to kick off the holiday season.


by Jaime Myers
November 20, 2006

From a gymnast hanging from the rafters of Iles P.E. Center to acrobats flying through the air with the greatest of ease, ACRO Fest 2006 showcased the talents of 34 gymnastics teams from three countries. This year, Southern Adventist University was the proud host of ACRO Fest.

"ACRO Fest is a gymnastic clinic for Adventist schools that have gymnastic programs," said Richard Schwartz physical education health and wellness professor and Gym-Master's coach.

Among the clinicians that worked with students were national champions in sports acrobatics and a performer with Cirque de Soleil in Las Vegas.

"ACRO Fest is a beautiful experience," said Yinelly Nieves OcaƱa, a gymnast from Puerto Rico, through a translator. The twelve-year veteran of ACRO Fest and member of the Akrobatics team enjoys the opportunity to make new friends and perform in a noncompetitive environment of support.

After two days of training, each of the teams performed a routine for the eager audience at the ACRO Fest show on Saturday night.

In addition to showcasing the talents of the gymnastics teams, ACRO Fest offered the opportunity for the teams to train in the Wellness Center phase 1 -- the new gymnastics facility.

Christmas on the Promenade
by Jaime Myers
November 20, 2006

Mary, Joseph, and Jesus will be making their first appearance at this year's Christmas on the Promenade on November 28 at 6:30 p.m.

While Santa won't be making his customary visit to the campus, this year's festivities will feature a live nativity directed by Scott Fogg, Destiny Drama company director.

"We want the focus to be more on the Reason for the Season," said Kari Shultz director of student life and activities.

The evening will also feature performances of Christmas favorites by local bands, elaborate decorations, and refreshments along the Promenade.

Breast Cancer Benefit
by Anh Pham
November 20, 2006

A student-organized breast cancer benefit walk raised more than $4,000 for the Mary Ellen Locher Breast Center at Memorial Hospital on Sunday, November 19 at Collegedale's Wolftever Creek Greenway.

The benefit, known as PACE (Personal Action for Cancer Elimination), was a three-mile walk created by eight nursing students in their final semester of Southern Adventist University's nursing program.

The benefit is the first of what organizers hope will become an annual event.

"Breast cancer is the number one cancer diagnosis in Chattanooga," said Heidi Knecht, senior nursing major and one of the event organizers. "Being diagnosed with breast cancer is the beginning of a long, difficult journey for the individual. We are excited to be able to help raise funds."

Thanksgiving Program
by Anh Pham
November 08, 2006

Southern Adventist University's School of Music will present a special Thanksgiving program by its I Cantori Chamber Choir at the Collegedale Seventh-day Adventist Church, November 18 at 5:30 p.m.

The 36-member choir will perform a repertoire ranging from an ethereal Gergorian Chant to an effervescent double-choir motet by Baroque composer Johann Pachelbel.

The concert is free, and all are welcome to come enjoy a night of music and recitations ushering in the season of Thanksgiving.


by Anh Pham
November 06, 2006

Since the semester began, small groups of students have met during the week to encourage love for Christ and each other.

Known as WePods, the small groups of 6-12 people aim at building relationships beyond those formed in a typical Sabbath morning worship.

"I think for some people, church is once-a-week event," said WePods founder Rika Gemmell, a junior mass communications and social science major. "Many people don't interact outside of the church. We get this mindset that we are invading people's privacy, and we close ourselves off. The church body should be moving throughout the week."

The hour-long meetings, held in the student center, residence halls or homes, allow students to build bonds with each other as they share, study the Bible, pray, and hold each other accountable.

The spiritual nurturing that may be fond in small groups has its advantages that are sometimes not found in friends.

"Small groups help you take a break from your daily tasks to focus on personal spiritual issues," Rika said. "When you're with friends, you don't usually have an agenda of things to cover. With small groups there is an expectation of growth. You are there to study, share, and be real."

Thus far, about 15 WePods have formed on campus. Rika hopes a total of 20 will form by semester's end, with an additional 30-40 groups being established at the school year's conclusion. Campus Ministries provides leadership training for WePods leaders and pays for half of the spiritual study materials needed by small groups.

5x7 Campaign
by Anh Pham
November 03, 2006

Students are changing lives with their pocket change.

Campus Ministries and the Student Association are encouraging student participation in humanitarian work through a financial service project known as the 5x7 Campaign. The campaign seeks students' commitments of $5 monthly, which will fund seven community and world projects during the school year.

"$5 a month ends up to be around $1.25 a week, which is one soda in the cafeteria for one meal during one week," said Matt Stevens, junior pastoral care major and 5x7 Campaign co-director. "It is such a small sacrifice to do such a large thing around the world and in our own country."

The first project the campaign is participating in is working with ADRA in Yemen helping repair cleft palates of young children, giving them the opportunity to eat and talk normally.

Co-director Ahad Kebede, junior nursing major, who lived in Yemen when his mother worked there for ADRA, remembered the good the agency did in that country and he got the idea after contacting ADRA officials who informed him of the cleft palate project's desperate financial need.

All the donations will be used for the operation costs of $250-$450 per child, depending on the severity of the surgery.

The goal of raising $12,000 per project from $5 commitments is just the beginning of the campaign's momentum.

"We truly believe this student body can well surpass that," Stevens said. "We have already been given donations that have completely blown our minds."

Donations both large and small have contributed toward $2,600 that has already been raised.

Two exceptional donations were given by two people who donated $500 and $100, respectively.

A pair of roommates recently showed how easy it was to participate.

"One had heard that we were going to collect after vespers, and the girl and her roommate, brought in the $5 contribution," he said. "It was all in change. They had been saving up for it. It is that simple."


Homecoming weekend
by Jaime Myers
November 02, 2006

Nearly 800 Southern Adventist University Alumni gathered for Homecoming Weekend, October 26-29.

Along with Homecoming Weekend favorites such as the Sabbath potluck and classic/antique car show, new activities included a quilts display, health screenings, a student and alumni joint vespers concert, and the return of the Southern Shuffle.

In addition, a special celebration was held for the 50th anniversary of the School of Nursing. Festivities began with an emergency preparedness workshop and ended with a formal Golden Anniversary Gala held at the Chattanoogan. Proceeds from the ticket sales went to the Campaign for Health and Healing.

Alumni Homecoming Weekend 2007 will be held October 25-28.

School of Nursing turns 50
by Jaime Myers
November 01, 2006

Celebrating 50 years of nursing education, the School of Nursing held an Emergency Preparedness Workshop and a formal Gala on October 29.

At the Emergency Preparedness Workshop, nursing students and professionals learned how to deal with disaster situations. Attendees practiced their decision-making skills in a step-by-step mock emergency. The simulation centered on issues of overcrowding caused by a celebrity visit to Southern which was threatened by unfolding natural disasters. Workshop participants, divided into groups of eight, proposed their solutions to the situation, which were later evaluated.

At the Golden Anniversary Gala, nursing students modeled uniform fashions from the last 50 years while serving guests. The gala featured keynote speaker Thomas Merry, captain in the U.S. Navy.

"He emphasized the courage of healthcare professionals fighting in the war and gave us a taste for the diversity of nursing around the world," said Joy McKee, major gifts and volunteer liaison.

The gala also raised money for the addition of a new Center for Nursing Education, an initiative of the Campaign for Health and Healing.

"We have many to thank for making this program what it is today," James says, reflecting on the success of the nursing program over the last 50 years. "Because of this program, many nurses will care for people all over the world."

Symphony Orchestra concert
by Jaime Myers
October 30, 2006

The Southern Adventist University Symphony Orchestra with violinist Joanna Frankel is tuning up for its annual fall concert on November 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the Collegedale Church.

Guest performer Joanna Frankel will join the orchestra as a soloist in Mendelssohn's Concerto for Violin in E minor, Opus 64. Frankel is an award-winning violinist and a graduate student at the Juilliard School in New York City. She performs across the United States and in the Netherlands. Joanna is noted as having "'awesome skill' and for attaining 'the power of a much older violinist.'" The repertoire also includes Shostakovitch's Festive Overture, Opus 96 and Schubert's Symphony No. 6 in C major, D. 589.

The concert is free and all are welcome to come.

Secret of the Cave Awards
by Anh Pham
October 26, 2006

Secret of the Cave, a feature film created by Southern Adventist University with assistance from students and faculty, and its website received industry honors last week.

The Heartland Film Festival presented Secret of the Cave with a 2006 Crystal Heart Award during the festival's award ceremony in Indianapolis, Indiana, October 21.

Secret of the Cave was one of five films receiving the award out of more than 120 dramatic features submitted.

The Heartland Film Festival recognizes and honors filmmakers whose work explore the human journey by artistically expressing hope and respect for the positive values of life.

Based on a 1920s children's book by Arthur Maxwell of the same name, Secret of the Cave, is a suspenseful tale of an American boy, Roy, who visits a small fishing village in Europe. Roy uncovers who is behind the puzzling events that are a mystery to the townsfolk. The story's theme is based on the words of Jesus found in Matthew 25:40: "...whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me" (NIV).

Filmed on-location in Ireland, Secret of the Cave provided an opportunity for the 25 Southern students to learn about filmmaking in a hands-on teaching environment.

The movie's website, designed by Ken Willes, assistant professor in the School of Visual Art and Design, won a Silver Award from the International Academy of the Visual Arts (IAVA) W3 Awards, which honor creative excellence on the web and the creative and marketing professionals behind award-winning sites and marketing programs.

"We were amazed at the caliber and quality of work we received this year," said Linda Day, the director of the IAVA. "Our winners continue to push the envelope of Internet creativity and web design, and it is gratifying to see such great work from the smallest agencies to the biggest firms."


by Jaime Myers
October 23, 2006

Southern Adventist University students are taking part in a new program called Axiom. The program's goal is to deal with issues like pornography, homosexuality, and substance addiction in an environment of understanding and support.

"So many people are living life alone due to the fact that they don't feel like they will be accepted and loved if they were to open up and share their struggles with someone," said Emily Baldwin, senior nursing major and founder of Axiom. "Axiom provides the opportunity for them be honest about what they are struggling with and enables them to seek out wisdom and knowledge in dealing with the problem, thus making it possible for them to grow."

The program includes a seminar presentation and personal testimony by a student on a specific issue. After the seminar, small study groups are formed to focus on the issue and help those struggling with it.

"A student leader coupled with a knowledgeable adult mentor lead the groups," said Baldwin. "The small groups are an equal blend of prayer, accountability, and study of a specific resource manual and the Bible as it pertains to that area."

Axiom's first seminar was on pornography and took place in September 29. There will be a total of two to three seminars per semester.

For more information about Axiom or to join a small study group click here


French Chamber Orchestra
by Anh Pham
October 19, 2006

Southern Adventist University is hosting the world-renowned French Chamber Orchestra with guest soloist Paul Badura-Skoda, one of the most influential pianists of the century, in the Collegedale Seventh-day Adventist Church on November 1 at 7:30 p.m.

The concert will feature an all-Mozart program including his Operatic Concerto no. 9 "Jeunehomme."

The concert is free, and all are welcome to come enjoy a night of classical music performed by world-famous musicians.

Sietz de Vries organ concert
by Jaime Myers
October 16, 2006

Award-winning organist Sietze de Vries will perform a moving repertoire of organ music at the Collegedale Seventh-day Adventist Church on October 26 at 8 p.m.

De Vries has performed across Europe and the United States and in 2002 won the international improvisation competition.

De Vries is also increasingly active as a teacher of improvisation. Kristopher Schwinn, a 2005 Southern graduate, is studying improvisation and literature with De Vries in Groningen, Holland through the Fulbright Scholar program. Schwinn is the third Southern graduate in as many years to receive the prestigious Fulbright grant.

The concert is free, and all are welcome to come.

Students lobby in Washington
by Natalia Lopez-Thismon
October 16, 2006

A group of Social Work seniors lobbied in Washington D.C. Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) and the Victims' Compensation Fund this fall.

Before heading to the capital, students spent a considerable amount of time studying VOCA in class. They found that people who commit crimes such as rape, domestic violence, or homicide are charged with a court fee that goes into the Victim's Compensation Fund. This fund then goes to organizations in different states to help the victims and their families with services such as shelters and counseling.

Last year, more than $10 million was assigned to Tennessee and $15 million to Georgia.

Students also discovered that for the second consecutive year, Bush's administration is attempting to reassign VOCA money to help pay some of the country's deficit.

When Sonya Reaves, senior social work major first heard about it she said "It's not okay for the government to take away those funds." She explained that because that money comes from the violators, it's redistributed justice.

If the government takes the money away, then by 2008, the Victim's Compensation Fund will be empty.

"As social workers, we are commissioned to be advocates for our clients," said Chris Atkins, assistant professor of social work and family studies. "We have to make sure that the victims have access to resources that will better their lives."

The Social Work Department has been making the same trip to Washington D.C. for 13 years. Each year, students examine a different law and speak with Tennessee congress representatives about it.

Three of the students who went were affected by sexual assault, domestic violence, or homicide, and have received services from VOCA. On the trip, they were able to testify how VOCA has impacted their lives before the offices of senators Bill Frist and Lamar Alexander, and Congressman Zach Wamp.

"It's good to know that we can help change policies that will affect people," said Reaves.

"And if that means battling legislation, then that's what we will do," said Atkins.


Hilts speaks on global health
by Jaime Myers
October 13, 2006

Spreading the message of world health and globalization, author and journalist Philip Hilts spoke to Southern Adventist University students on October 12, 2006.

Hilts explained while the human life span increased over the last 100 years, today it is stagnating, and in many countries in Africa and Europe it is actually decreasing.

Hilts and other global health specialists suggest that with the increase of globalization -- the ease of travel and the import of goods -- the spread of disease is made easier. Within the last 30 years, more than 40 new diseases have appeared and 20 old ones are reappearing.

"It's a fascinating topic," said senior history major Marjorie Bushong. "It's important to understand the problems surrounding global health and do something about them."

According to Hilts, by increasing funding for global health initiatives and researching proper medical treatments we can significantly decrease the threat of global disease.

"We can no longer make foreign policy without looking at health," said Hilts.

by Jaime Myers
October 13, 2006

Southern Adventist University students enjoyed a series of "InTents" revival meetings this October.

"There's a sense of novelty about going to a meeting in a tent," said Amanda Jehle, a junior English major who attended the meetings. "Fun things happen in tents -- camping trips, circuses, fairs, and camp meetings. And really, the idea behind a revival is to get people out of their routine and bring new life into their relationship with God."

Pastor John Nixon led the meetings, which highlighted the theme "Alive in Christ."

"Being 'alive in Christ' means that my religion is more than mere head knowledge," Amanda explained, summarizing what she learned. "Being a Christian is what I do, not just what I say. If I am alive in Christ, it will affect the way I live every area of my life."

The meetings featured various musical performers for song services and special musics and a creatively enacted scripture reading followed by Nixon's sermons.

"Students have really appreciated the messages," said Amanda. "Pastor Nixon's sermons don't just produce an emotional reaction; there is also intellectual substance to them. The tent was full every night."

Students meet the firms
by Jaime Myers
October 10, 2006

Southern Adventist University students had the chance to shake hands and pass out resumes at the university's biannual Meet the Firms event.

"It gets you familiar with the companies out there and the jobs available," said senior nursing major Edwin Davidson of the event. "It's a great opportunity to find out what companies are looking for before you graduate so you can know what skills they require and prefect them now."

Companies present included local news stations, insurance companies, and hospitals throughout the Southeast.

The event is jointly sponsored by the schools of Journalism and Communications, Nursing, and Business and Management.


Amputee Wrestling Champion
by Jaime Myers
September 28, 2006

Born without arms below the elbows or legs below the knees, champion wrestler Kyle Maynard decided early on that he wasn't going to let his disability stop him from achieving his dreams. He shared those dreams and his story with Southern Adventist University students at convocation on September 28.

From childhood, Kyle was determined to be an athlete. At 10, he started swimming and playing football and baseball -- all without prosthetics. Later, Kyle's dad suggested he start wrestling.

"The first year, I didn't win a single match." Kyle says. "I was frustrated that people would come up to me and tell me my dream was impossible. But I made the decision not to give up."

In his senior year of high school, Kyle placed among the top 10 high school wrestlers in Georgia and in the top 12 in the nation. Today, he can lift up to 400 pounds and perform everyday activities like typing and eating with regular silverware.

"It's not what I can do," Kyle says. "It's what I will do. I don't believe in excuses. Excuses are ways that we allow ourselves to give up on our dreams."

Kyle's determination has encouraged people from around the world to set goals and stop at nothing to achieve them.

"It is really inspiring that he never gives up," says Keri Crippen, senior nursing major. "His story really applies to everyone, not just people with disabilities."

Academy Seniors ViewSouthern
by Natalia Lopez-Thismon
September 28, 2006

Around 500 academy seniors from across the Southern Union gathered in Iles P.E. Center September 26 for breakfast and participated in opening activities for ViewSouthern.

"ViewSouthern is a great way for high school seniors to experience first hand the incredible education, caring teachers, and especially the wonderful Christ-centered environment that is offered here at Southern," said Veronyka Perez, sophomore education major and ambassador for the School of Education and Psychology.

The ambassadors, 34 university students selected by each of the academic areas at Southern, guided groups of academy students during their stay on campus, and helped them find locations of seminars and buildings.

"It gives students the opportunity to find out what most sophomore college students don't even know yet what they can do with their major after graduation," said Ben Shurtliff, senior theology major.

In early September, each academy senior informs Southern through a computer system which majors catch his/her attention the most. When students come to Southern, Enrollment Services has a personalized itinerary for them with seminars tailored to each student's interests.

"I thought that my major [journalism] was just sitting around and writing," said Deborah Knapczyk, a student from Heritage Academy in Monterey, Tennessee, "but I found out that we can do so much more!"

"I like the seminars," added Alex Voigt, also from Heritage Academy. "It's easier to understand what's going on with the major you pick when you talk to the dean of the school."


Orchestra / Organ Concert
by Jaime Myers
September 26, 2006

The Southern Adventist University Symphony Orchestra will open the performance season with its annual symphony orchestra/organ concert in the Collegedale Seventh-day Adventist Church on October 8 at 7:30 p.m.

The repertoire for the concert will include Smetana's The Moldau, Parker's Concerto in E-flat minor for Organ, and Franck's Symphony in D minor.

"The Moldau is a depiction in music of the Moldau River," says Laurie Redmer Minner, conductor of the 75-member orchestra. "It takes us through the flowing of the river, the rapids, and even the dancing of the nymphs. You will go away singing melodies"

The concert is free, and all are welcome to come.