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 2017


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Featured In This Issue:

125 Years of Changing the World
More than 50,000 individuals have attended Southern, and each has uniquely impacted the world. From working in the White House to teaching first-graders, from serving as healthcare administrators to building tiny homes, each has left an important mark. In honor of Southern’s 125th anniversary, meet 125 Southern alumni who made a difference in the world.

Whatever You Do
From pulling weeds to grading papers, student workers are an integral part of Southern. The university employs at least half of the student body in approximately 1,250 jobs. Not all jobs are glamorous, but each one gives students the opportunity to gain valuable experience.

How Birding Took Flight 
The thrill of the hunt, the joy of discovery, and the beauty of God’s nature blend together in the popular pastime of birdwatching. One of the fastest-growing hobbies in North America, birding wouldn’t be what it is today without the influence of several Southern alumni.

Unlocking Their Futures 
Southern is able to offer scholarships to a majority of students, thanks to a variety of generous gifts—from estate planning and endowed funds to corporate sponsorships. Donors and students alike receive blessings from witnessing how these tools of financial grace help build educational bridges for the next generation of church and community leaders.

Bonus Material:

Short history of Southern: "Educating to Serve," by David Smith, PhD, president
As Southern Adventist University celebrates 125 years of training young people, it is remarkable to see how God has led. Much has changed since the institution was established in 1892, but its core values of placing God first, nurturing students, and serving others have never wavered. The dedication, sacrifice, and vision that mark Southern’s beginnings have also remained constant.

Milton and Ethel Norrell: "A WWII Veteran's Love Story," video interview and article
In January of 1943, Milton Norrell got the notice that he was shipping out to go fight in World War II. He landed in France about three weeks after D-Day. He was captured by German Soldiers during the Battle of the Bulge. ... "If I had known then how important and how precious she would be to me 60 or 70 years later I'd have payed a lot more attention."

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