Decoded: SAU Terms


ACA - Adventist Colleges Abroad; Travel abroad program where you can spend a semester or a year in an Adventist college in another country

Accent - Southern Accent; Student-produced weekly newspaper

Afterglow - Informal get-togethers after vespers for singing and praising

Big Frank - Vegetarian hot dog (Adventist term)

CK - Campus Kitchen; Beloved eatery that closed down in 2014

CM - Campus Ministries

Convo - General assembly every Thursday starting 11 AM, usually featuring guest speakers

Ellen White Steps - Long flight of stairs between Thatcher Hall and Wright Hall

Florida Hospital - Not the actual hospital; School of Nursing building (Florida Hospital Hall)

Haystack - Taco salad without meat (Adventist term)

Jacob’s Ladder - Long flight of stairs between Talge Hall and Wright Hall

Lanyard - Something you think will be helpful in keeping track of your id/key but should NEVER, EVER wear unless you want to be forever labeled a freshman.

Lifegroups - Student-lead weekly Bible studies

MyAccess - Southern’s student portal where you can check your grades, financial status, etc.

Pasta Day - Every Wednesday lunch when the student-favorite fried ravioli is served

Promenade - Big sidewalk that connects most of the academic departments

SA - Student Association

Sam’s Chicken - Meat substitute served every Thursday lunch.

SJC - School of Journalism and Communication

SM - Student Missionary; Someone who takes a year-long break from college to serve God in
a mission field

Sonrise - Interactive, schoolwide Easter pageant

Studio - Studio 4109; Southern’s live comedy sketch show

Super Senior - Student who has been here longer than four years

SVAD - (Pronounced es-vad) School of Visual Arts and Design

Vespers - Friday night church service often presented by Campus Ministries

Vespers Date - Term used by our parent’s generation; Refers to a broke college guy taking a girl on a date to Friday night vespers; Rare in 2017

VM - Village Market; A mini-Whole Foods by Southern’s entrance

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