Education

Fire Marks Start of LSU School Year

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Fire erupted in the hills directly behind La Sierra University on Tuesday, the second day of the 2009-2010 school year. The fire, known alternately as the La Sierra fire and the Norco/Riverside fire began mid-morning, spreading rapidly under searing temperatures and wind gusts topping 50 miles per hour.

According to officials, the blaze began near Ingalls Park in Norco, approximately one mile northwest of the LSU campus. Flames quickly traversed a narrow, brush-covered ridge between the cities of Riverside and Norco, threatening the Hidden Valley Golf Club.

Southern Experiences Record Enrollment for 10th Consecutive Year

According to Jennifer Meyer, writing Southern's News:

Enrollment at Southern Adventist University is at a record high for the 10th year in a row. The university welcomed 2,891 students at the beginning of the fall 2009 semester. An incoming class of 603 freshmen makes the second highest freshmen class ever. This year also marks the university’s 14th successive year of continuous growth.

Alcohol Approved for Collegedale

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It appears that Happy Valley, as Collegedale, Tennessee is known by locals, just got happier. For some.

Chattanooga's News Channel 9 reports that Collegedale City Commissioners approved a measure this week that will allow the sale of beer by the drink in Collegedale. The measure is aimed at increasing much-needed revenue for the town that is home to Southern Adventist University.

From the report:

Fire Takes SWAU Radio Station Off Air

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Fire broke out in the KJCR radio station on the campus of Southwestern Adventist University Thursday night, disabling the station.

Jessica Lozano, writing for the Southwesterner, the official online publication of the SWAU communications department, reports:

Adventist Graduate Education Expands in Africa

Bernard Onditi/Adventist News Network writes:

An initiative designed to groom post-graduate students at Seventh-day Adventist universities in Africa saw its first graduation last week.

Earning master's degrees in pastoral theology and leadership from the Adventist University of Africa, the first 174 graduates of the program are seen as products of the Adventist Church's expansion of higher education in Africa, regional church leaders said.

UPDATE: Students Shot at School in Uganda

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The Ugandan Sunday Monitor reports:

Bugema Seventh Day (sic) Adventist Secondary School was yesterday closed down and all its 1,000 students sent home after a two-day strike turned violent in the wee hours of Sunday morning forcing the Police to intervene.

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The students were protesting poor feeding and mistreatment by teachers including use of corporal punishment by the administrators at the church-run school.

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Pacific Union College Announces New President

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Taken from PUC Announce Email:

On July 17, 2009, the Pacific Union College Board of Trustees announced that Dr. Heather J. Knight has been named the new president of Pacific Union College. She will begin her role as president in mid-September, in time for the new academic year.

Newbold Graduates Fifty-nine

From the Trans-European Division News Bulletin:

Bracknell, England – The Awards Ceremony at Newbold College marked a significant step forward in developing the professional skills of the 53 graduates, who marched down the aisle of the Newbold Church Centre at the Awards Ceremony on 5 July.

Michael Jackson's Doctor Had Ties to LLU

From National Public Radio:

The physician who was with pop superstar Michael Jackson at the time of his death is being identified as Dr. Conrad Robert Murray.

TMZ.com is reporting that the car police impounded was registered to Murray's sister. The website is also reporting that the doctor was living with Jackson at the rented house where the musical legend lived.

Swine Flu at University of the Southern Caribbean

The Trinidad Express reports:

Friday, June 19th 2009

AFRAID to contract influenza A/H1N1, students at the University of the Southern Caribbean (USC) in Maracas, St Joseph, are troubled over the fact that they are being asked to remove their face masks and their latex gloves even though the school has confirmed that a foreign student tested positive for the virus known as swine flu.

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