Columns Magazine

Columns is the official magazine of Southern Adventist University, produced by Marketing and University Relations to provide information to alumni and other friends. Your feedback is always welcome:

Spring 2018Current Issue: Fall 2018
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Featured In This Issue:

Rising to the Occasion
Social gatherings frequently involve sharing food together, often topped off with a baked treat. Several Southern alumni have specialized in baking and take the opportunity to brighten the lives of those around them with their skills.

To learn more about each of the alumni bakers featured, visit:
McKee Foods Corporation -
Piece-a-Cake Bakery -
Busy Bree Baking -
Elizabeth’s Baked Goods -

Summer Learning, Summer Fun
God has a purpose for every young person, but it can be challenging for high school students to know all of their options. Southern offers a fun way to explore different careers through its Academic Summer Camps.

First Fruits
Southern’s Campaign for Excellence in Faith and Learning continues to move steadily toward completion. Donor gifts have already begun to bear fruit and transform campus—and the world!

Academic Exploration
Since today’s competitive job market requires more than just the typical baseline of good grades, extracurricular activities, and leadership positions listed on a resumé, Southern students and faculty are making their mark with world-class research projects and presentations.

The next Campus Research Day will be held on April 11, 2019, and all are welcome to come and observe.

Homecoming Weekend 2018
Friends. Classmates. Professors. Homecoming is a time to reunite, to remember, and to catch up on the present. This year, in addition to favorite events such as the Missions Expo and the classic car show, Black Christian Union hosted a special reunion vespers, bringing together club members from throughout the group’s history. Another new event was the alumni faculty and staff reception, celebrating current employees who attended or graduated from Southern—52 percent of the university’s workforce. Throughout the weekend, the theme remained front and center: relying on God’s strength to unite us as one Southern family.

Additional Education Alumni Updates:

Virginia (Fernandez) Butler, ’86, is teaching for the Central California Conference.
Tim LaPierre, ’03, is principal for Shenandoah Valley Adventist Elementary in Virginia.
Kenneth Romaine Smith III, ’12, is teaching at Hong Kong Adventist Academy.
Tara Thompson, ’14, is teaching third grade at Worthington Adventist Academy in Ohio.
Mark Froelich, ’15, and Lisa (Poirier), ’15, were married in June 2018. Lisa directs music for Atholton Adventist Academy and Spencerville Adventist Academy in Maryland. Mark is a healthcare data analyst for Adventist Risk Management.
Becky Hall, ’15, is teaching seventh grade for Worthington Adventist Academy in Ohio.
Katie (Bernett) Burnett, ’17, is teaching grades 9-12 for Burton Adventist Academy in Texas.
Stefanie Ramon, ’18, is teaching math, science, and Bible for James E. Sampson Memorial School in Fort Pierce, Florida.  

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