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Columbia Union College Board of Trustees Approves Landmark Decisions

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New Columbia Union College President Weymouth Spence, Ed.D., R.T., and the CUC Board of Trustees, took four major actions in their Wednesday, March 5, 2008, meeting, each relevant to aggressively growing the school’s future.

“First and foremost, we want our constituents to know, we are staying in Takoma Park and are committed to revitalizing our present campus,” said Spence.

New Loma Linda University President Named

Dr. Richard Hart, MD, DrPH, current chancellor and chief executive officer of Loma Linda University Adventist Health Sciences Center, will assume the duties of LLUAHSC president on March 24, university officials said today.

The search committee assigned to replace former president Dr. B. Lyn Behrens—who announced her retirement in December—agreed that Hart, with his distinguished career as both physician and academic, coupled with his humanitarian outreach, would best serve the interests of the Seventh-day Adventist-owned university complex in Southern California.

Review Editor Suggests Close Ties to Church Promote Health of Colleges

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Is the secret of Seventh-day Adventist higher education’s relative success owed to its close ties to its parent church?

That question was posed by Bill Knott, editor of the Adventist Review, at the end of an hour-long presentation on Saturday, February 9. Knott spoke at the Southwestern Chapter meeting of the Association of Adventist Forums, meeting in Wharton Auditorium on the campus of Southwestern Adventist University in Keene, Texas.

Give Me Five (Weeks of Pregnancy)!

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Five or so weeks after conception: This is when Christians should view a new human life as a “person,” according the Kyle Fedler, Chair of the Religion Department at Ashland University in Ohio.

Fedler made his case on January 17 in the second of what will be nine presentations on “The Moral Status of the Human Fetus,” at Loma Linda University. This is the 2008 Jack W. Provonsha Lectures Series. It is organized by LLU’s Center for Christian Bioethics. Mark Carr is the director and Dawn Gordon is the manager.

College Remembrance for Martin Luther King Includes Official Apology

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On March 17, 1965, students Paul Cobb, Will Battles, Fernando Canales and Milton Hare crammed into a two-seater Karmann Ghia with the goal of driving 2,300 miles from Oakland, California, to Selma, Alabama. The objective was to join the third attempt at a march for voting rights. It was a risk; not only did the Seventh-day Adventist Church, at the time, shun the notion of political activism, but the bloodshed during the second Selma to Montgomery march served as an ominous reminder of what might await.

Kenya: Adventist University Reopens

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Some faculty, students and staff are returning to the University of Eastern Africa, Baraton, after post-election violence in Kenya forced a January 6 evacuation of some 280 people from the campus. The school reopened Monday January 14 with classes starting two days later.

The school's vice-chancellor, Nathaniel Walemba, said he is expecting some sixteen hundred students out of the full twenty-three-hundred-student body to return this quarter. Some of the lecturers have not yet returned from the church's regional headquarters in Nairobi after being evacuated.

Kenya: Workers at Adventist University Evacuated

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Church leaders evacuated 280 students, staff and international workers from Seventh-day Adventist-owned University of Eastern Africa, Baraton, to Nairobi on January 6. More than one hundred staff members had earlier taken refuge at a local police station amid violence fueled by contested election results in Kenya last week.

Kenya Violence: Adventist University Living in Fear

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"It all began soon after the election results were announced. A number of groups from the local community broke into war songs and raided the shopping centre next to the university."

Caesar Wamalika, chaplain at the University of Eastern Africa in Baraton, in Kenya's Rift Valley, describes recent developments on campus

Arrested Oakwood Students Suspended for Semester

All sixteen students arrested during a clash with police at Oakwood University last month are suspended for the Spring 2008 semester, college officials said Wednesday.

The announcement came after the school's three-week internal investigation of a December 9 melee that left two city police officers injured.

"While the sixteen students under question may apply for future entrance, all appeals are subject to institutional review," university president Delbert W. Baker said during a January 2 press conference.

Oakwood College Officials "Regret" Confrontation with Police on Campus

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Administrators of Seventh-day Adventist-owned Oakwood College in Huntsville, Alabama, United States, say they “regret” a confrontation between students and city police on campus the evening of December 8.

Police arrested 14 students and two other people after a crowd surrounded a police car and became hostile, Huntsville Police reported in a December 10 news release.

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