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Southern New England Conference Pulls Subsidy from Atlantic Union College (Higher Ed News Shorts)


Southern New England Conference Pulls Subsidy from Atlantic Union College. Southern New England Conference of Seventh-day Adventists President  David Dennis announced that the conference executive committee voted April 9 to withdraw its monthly support from the beleaguered Atlantic Union College. The subsidies total nearly $800,000 per year. The funding cut takes place on July 31. Atlantic Union College has struggled to remain open after losing its regional accreditation in 2011. The college named Dr. Avis Hendrickson its president in 2014, hoping she could turn the college around. The conference’s decision to stop supporting AUC suggests that it is no longer seen as a viable institution. From Worcester Telegram, “Atlantic Union College loses subsidy from church conference.”

La Sierra University Mourns, Remembers Christian Batchelor. La Sierra University convened a prayer service in Hole Memorial Auditorium to pay tribute to junior Communication major Christian Batchelor, 22, who died on April 22 of congenital heart failure. Students and faculty shared memories of Batchelor, who wanted to pursue a career in public speaking. Batchelor was remembered for his good humor and positive outlook, despite his

life-threatening condition. From La Sierra University, “La Sierra University remembers beloved student Christian Batchelor.”

Union College Holds Memorial for Former Professor Dr. Ward Hill. On Sunday, April 23, the College View Church in Lincoln, Nebraska, hosted a memorial service for former Union College professor Dr. Ward Hill. After serving in the military and pastoring in Canada, Hill taught at Kingsway College high school in Ontario, Canada. He served as a professor of theology at Union College starting in 1971. During his tenure at Union, Hill chaired the divisions of Religion and Humanities, served as academic dean, and as interim president. He officially retired in 1990, but continued teaching classes until 1999.

Oakwood University Wins Big in All-Star Challenge. A team from Oakwood University has won the 2017 Honda Campus All-Star Challenge, a quizbowl tournament for Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The grand prize, a $75,000 check, will go to the university. Students participating in the challenge answered questions on history, science, literature, religion, the arts, and popular culture. Oakwood bested a total of 80 teams that took part, beating out second-place Bowie State College in an exciting finale. It was the third time Oakwood won the event. From USA Today, “Oakwood U team wins $75,000 in Honda HBCU challenge

Oakwood has also enjoyed the firstfruits of its farming industry. On April 26, Oakwood University announced the sale of its first crop from the newly-established Oakwood Farms. The university announced the agricultural venture in February as a way to provide managerial apprenticeships and agribusiness internships to students and to help them pay for tuition. The farm’s first crop included turnip greens at $3 a bunch ($5 a bag) and radishes for $1 a bag.

Helderberg College Accredited to Offer B.Ed. Qualification. The South African Council on Higher Education has accredited a new program at Helderberg College—the Bachelor of Education: Foundation Phase—effective April 25, 2017. Helderberg will begin offering the B.Ed. qualification in January 2018. The B.Ed. is the third new qualification to be accredited during the current quinquennium for Helderberg College in the Southern Africa Union of Seventh-day Adventists.


Jared Wright is Southern California Correspondent for

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