Ukrainian Delegates Speak with Students About Service Amid War
Southern Adventist University’s School of Education and Psychology hosted two distinguished delegates from Ukraine in early February. The campus and community welcomed Valeriia Palii, PhD, president of the National Psychological Association of Ukraine (NPAU), and Olena Vladovska, chief operating officer of Angelia Medical Center, a Ukrainian Seventh-day Adventist clinic dedicated to providing support for youth and families affected by the devastation in their country. The two women spoke with students about serving their nation on the frontlines of war.
Palii and Vladovska were invited to the area by the City of Chattanooga and visited several local institutions, including Erlanger Behavioral Health Hospital and Hamilton County Department of Education. Angelika Riano, ’00, helped coordinate their visit and translated for Vladovska during her presentation at the university.
Vladovska and Riano explained how the Angelia Medical Center uses a holistic, person-oriented approach to medical treatment that helps individuals physically, mentally, socially, and spiritually—a method adopted by employees who believe Christ works through them to touch society. According to the duo, Russian forces have destroyed more than 1,100 clinics and hospitals, but Angelia has remained operational. The center provides humanitarian aid by sending mobile field clinics to refugee camps.
“What helps us to do this work?” Vladovska asked. “It’s understanding, it’s faith in God, and it’s our unity. United, we can help others.”
Palii described NPAU’s core mission as improving mental health legislation and ethical standards in the field of psychology in Ukraine. The association encourages psychologists to use an evidence-based approach in their treatments. When the war started, NPAU was forced to shift its priorities.
“Ukrainiansare working and living in very difficult conditions,” Palii said. “They experience bombing, shelling, shooting—it really is complicated to provide psychological support in this environment.”
The organization now focuses on supporting government initiatives and developing a psychological support hotline already available in 19 different European countries, including Ukraine.
“I enjoyed hearing the speakers share their personal experiences of how life and the practice of medicine have changed since the invasion of Ukraine,” said Maddie Chant, senior psychology major. “I was moved by their passion for using their careers to make a positive impact on their people, even amid war.”
Both Palii and Vladovska praised Southern during their visit. Palii admires Tennessean culture, and Vladovska appreciates the strong Seventh-day Adventist roots prevalent on campus.
“Observing the students, you can tell what is taught at Southern,” Vladovska said. “I do what I do in Ukraine because of my Seventh-day Adventist beliefs, and here at Southern, it feels as if one can almost touch the history of Adventist ministry.”
New Program Opens Doors for Students to Explore Careers
For sophomore Anna Lewis, the new Job Shadow Program at Southern Adventist University caught her attention for several reasons.
“I want to explore other options outside of my major,” said Lewis, a nursing major who has career interests in teaching and music as well. “Plus, this is a great opportunity to ask professionals about their jobs.”
The Job Shadow Program is facilitated by Southern’s Life Calling and Career Services office. The program connects sophomores and second-year freshmen with employers, community partners, and alumni for a half-day opportunity in order to experience a professional work environment, explore career paths and options, and observe skills and job tasks while connecting with professionals.
“There is tremendous value in job shadowing,” said Daniel Olson, ’02 and ’10, the employer relations and internship coordinator at Southern. “Students are able to observe many facets of workplace experiences, including learning about culture, tasks, and skills requirements. Plus, students will be able to expand their network in potential areas of interest.”
To date, 15 students have applied to participate in the Job Shadow Program and completed their orientation. Students signed up for a variety of reasons.
“I want to learn about different career fields that best suit my interests and values,” said Alyssa Bullon, a sophomore biology major who has interests in environmental sustainability but is currently undecided regarding her career path.
The Job Shadow Program at Southern is made possible by a program development grant from NetVUE (Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education), a nationwide network of colleges and universities formed to enrich the intellectual and theological exploration of vocation among undergraduate students. The grant includes four separate vocational exploration activities with goals that include increasing employee and student understanding of calling and career choices.
The program requirements include completing three half-day job shadow experiences, writing a one-page reflection paper, and responding to a survey about the program’s learning objectives and effectiveness.
“While we are excited about the potential for this program, the biggest challenge is recruiting employers, especially from industries that match the students’ interest areas,” Olson said. “However, students are also welcome to pursue job shadowing opportunities on their own while we seek to grow the number of workplace participants.”
Employers in the greater Chattanooga area who are interested in participating can call the Life Calling and Career Services office at 423.236.2069 or complete a Host Interest Form on the Job Shadow Program webpage.
Southern Student Awarded Morning Pointe Scholars Endowment Scholarship
Southern celebrates Ethan David, junior health services and senior living administration major, who was awarded the 2023-2024 Morning Pointe Scholars Endowment Scholarship this month. Southern alumni Franklin Farrow, ’93, co-founder and chief executive officer, and Scott Edens, ’91, vice president for professional development, both of Morning Pointe Senior Living, presented the scholarship during an event hosted by the university’s School of Business.
“I’m passionate about the administration of health services and senior living because I believe it significantly impacts society, particularly as the population ages,” David said. “Southern’s program provides a distinct fusion of business and healthcare while specifically teaching the operational and financial aspects of services for seniors.”
Established in 2017, the scholarship supports the education of future caregivers and healthcare administrators while increasing awareness of occupations within senior living communities. Southern’s academic program parallels Morning Pointe’s mission of providing affordable, compassionate senior care throughout the Southeast.
“Ethan David provides an enthusiastic view toward life, education, and his potential career,” Farrow said. “This, coupled with the desire to be of service, is a match that impressed Morning Pointe when reviewing the candidates, and we are pleased that we can award David with a scholarship.”
Southern remains a leader in preparing competent young professionals to enter the industry by exposing students to every facet of the field through in-depth courses on administration, finance, human resources, and marketing that are specific to the health services environment. Students also each complete 1,000 internship hours, split between the different areas of care.
The School of Business at Southern offers the longest-running program accredited by the National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards and the only Health Services Executive accredited program in the state of Tennessee. This year marked the 38th Annual Health Services and Senior Living Professionals Banquet on campus, which the school coordinates.
Southern’s Symphony Orchestra Hailed for Performance at National Conference
Southern’s Symphony Orchestra received emphatic applause from a crowd of talented musicians and professional conductors in late January. The 75-member troupe rose, soaking up what director Laurie Redmer Cadwallader described as a “wonderful buzz in the audience.”
“When you get an instantaneous standing ovation from a room full of conductors from across the country, you know you’ve made a good impression,” Cadwallader said. “Clapping was prolonged and very enthusiastic. People approached over the next couple days to say how great our orchestra was.”
The group performed at the National Conference of the College Orchestra Directors Association, hosted this year by Jacksonville University in Florida. Cadwallader applied for the event last spring, unsure of what to expect, as the school had never attended a national conference before.
“I knew the competition would be fierce, so I was thrilled to learn we had been chosen,” she said. “It was an honor to showcase our students in such a public way.”
The students were equally elated, especially at the opportunity to play in an actual concert hall.
“The acoustics were awesome, and it was fun to look out at the audience and see how engaged the conductors were with the music,” said Corbin Weiss, a sophomore mathematics major and cello player. “Between movements, I could feel the support and appreciation for our work, because the directors in the audience know what it takes to put a symphony together.”
The Symphony Orchestra also played at Jacksonville’s Seventh-day Adventist LifePoint Academy and LifePoint Christian Fellowship and enjoyed a celebratory beach afternoon, thanks to a member of Southern’s Board of Trustees who helped secure a hotel for the group near the ocean. The students also devoured homemade cookies delivered by Southern’s First Lady Ann Shaw and President Ken Shaw, who drove to Florida to watch the ensemble play.
Cadwallader described the orchestra’s superb performance as a manifestation of their pursuit of excellence.
“It is rare for a school our size to have the opportunity to attend and perform at a national-level conference. The students recognized this honor and rose to the occasion,” she said. “When you challenge yourself to strive for something new, it makes you better. The students sound different now, more confident. I am very proud of each member.”
–by Amanda Blake, senior journalism major
Accordion Concert – February 28
Southern Adventist University invites the community to a performance by award-winning accordionist Hanzhi Wang on Tuesday, February 28, at 7:30 p.m. in Mabel Wood Hall’s Ackerman Auditorium on campus. Praised for her “staggering virtuosity,” Wang is the first accordionist to win a place on the roster of Young Concert Artists in its 60-year history. Admission is $8 per person; tickets may be purchased at the door. For more information, call 423.236.2814.
Dermatology Lecture – March 2
Southern is pleased to welcome Victor Czerkasij, ’83, DNP, as the guest speaker for the second presentation in the Schutte Family Lecture Series on Thursday, March 2, at 11 a.m. in Iles P.E. Center. A local dermatology services provider for more than 20 years, Czerkasij also lends his talents to education, writing, histology, and research. Later in March, he will be in Ukraine with a team of specialists to conduct surgeries at a children's clinic and military hospital for wounded soldiers. His presentation "Skin Issues Affecting Today's College Students" is free and open to the public. For more information, call 423.236.2814.
Hyve Creators 2023 – March 2-5
Join Southern’s School of Business for “Hyve Creators 2023,” an Adventist entrepreneurship event, on March 2-5 in partnership with Hyve International. Come hear speakers such as David Asscherick, Sebastien Braxton, and GC Chew as they share about combining mission, innovation, and entrepreneurship. All are welcome to this free, three-day conference that will include workshops, keynotes, testimonies, booths, a pitch competition, and networking! To learn more and to register, visit southern.edu/hyve. To join the alumni lunch hosted on Sabbath during the conference, RSVP by March 1.
International Food Festival – March 5
The Student Association will host its second International Food Festival on Sunday, March 5. Beginning at 3 p.m. in Iles P.E. Center on campus, the event will include samples of homemade dishes and cultural family recipes from countries around the world. The festival is open to the public, and food tickets can be purchased on site. For more information, call 423.236.2601.
Guest Cellist Recital and Symphony Orchestra Concert – March 4 and 5
Southern welcomes guest cellist Stephen Framil for two performances. On Sabbath, March 4, at 7:30 p.m., he will present a recital in Ackerman Auditorium. On Sunday, March 5, at 7:30 p.m. he will join the School of Music’s Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Laurie Redmer Cadwallader, for a concert in the Collegedale Church of Seventh-day Adventists. Framil has performed around the world as a concert soloist, chamber musician, and conductor and serves as a versatile and dedicated educator at multiple schools and universities. For more information, visit southern.edu/musicevents or call 423.236.2880.
Loma Linda Events – March 11 and 12
The Symphony Orchestra will hold a concert on Sabbath, March 11, at 5 p.m. at the Loma Linda University Church. Alumni are invited to a supper reception in the church at 6:30 p.m. in The Gathering Place, also on March 11, to meet Biology Department Professor David Nelsen, PhD, and several of the orchestra students. RSVP at southern.edu/lomalinda-alumni. Additionally, alumni are invited to a brunch at 10 a.m. on Sunday, March 12, with prospective Southern students in The Gathering Place at the Loma Linda University Church. RSVP at southern.edu/lomalinda-brunch.
Brain Awareness Exhibit – March 23
The School of Visual Art and Design and the Physics and Engineering Department are hosting displays and activities focused on the connection between neuronal activity in the brain and the visual experience. Titled “Opticus Realm: Where Things Are Not What They Seem,” the showcase will open on Thursday, March 23, at 6:30 p.m. in the John C. Williams Art Gallery in Brock Hall. This free exhibit with optical illusions and virtual reality exercises is open to the public through April 14. For more information, visit southern.edu/artgallery or call 423.236.2732.
Champion Paraclimber – March 23
One-handed mountaineer Maureen Beck, named Adventurer of the Year by National Geographic in 2019, will be speaking at Southern on Thursday, March 23, at 8 p.m in Iles P.E. Center. Her presentation “Improbable Ascent” features inspiring stories and videos that chronicle her journey as one of the foremost leaders in adaptive climbing. Admission is $10 per person; tickets may be purchased at the door. For more information, call 423.236.2814.
Guest Organ Recital – March 26
Organist Patrick Rice will perform at Southern Adventist University on Sunday, March 26, at 7:30 p.m. in Collegedale Church of Seventh-day Adventists. A native of Chattanooga, Rice studied organ at Southern and abroad and now serves as an assistant in the School of Music as well as organist at the local First Presbyterian Church. To learn more, visit southern.edu/musicevents or contact the School of Music at 423.236.2880.
Saxophone Concert – March 28
Southern Adventist University invites the community to a performance by saxophonist and composer Steven Banks on Tuesday, March 28, at 7:30 p.m. in Mabel Wood Hall’s Ackerman Auditorium. Both a compelling and charismatic soloist, Banks won the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant last year. Admission is $8 per person; tickets may be purchased at the door. For more information, call 423.236.2814.