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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: columns@southern.eduClick here to update your contact information and submit a personal update to be included in the next Columns.

Current Issue

Spring 2021
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Featured in This Issue

Giving Their All
Danae (Bland) Netteburg, ’02, MD, and her husband, Olen—also a medical doctor—have never made it their goal to earn praise or set records. Instead, dedicated to following God’s path for their lives, they have an internal drive to give their all, no matter if they are serving in the mission field or hiking the Appalachian Trail.

Bonus fact: Each family member adopted a trail name, per Appalachian Trail tradition. Danae was “Queen Bee,” Olen was “Lion King,” Lyol was “Blaze,” Zane was “Boomerang,” Addison was “Angel Wings,” and Juniper was “The Beast.”
Getting Outdoors
Students at Southern get ample opportunities to benefit from nature, finding peace, fun, connection, and a break from routine as they explore the great outdoors. Enjoy a handful of their stories.
God-Centered, Student-Focused
For 22 years, David Smith, PhD, has served Southern, with his wife, Cherie, at his side. He recently sat down for an interview with Joseph Khabbaz, vice president for Spiritual Life, to share some memories and thoughts as he prepares to retire this summer.
Did You Know?
Founded in 1892, Southern has grown and changed significantly through the years. See how many of these facts and numbers are new to you!

Additional Information

Students Create Inspiring Animation

Three animation majors from the School of Visual Art and Design created a short animation story about finding connection in a COVID-19 world. Starting during the Fall 2020 semester, the team spent four months on “Knock Knock,” which tells the story of two masked elementary students connecting.

Turning Clay Into Art

Laiza Fuhrmann, a May 2021 fine arts graduate, brings beauty out of “mud” as she forms works of art at the potter’s wheel.