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Spring 2012 - Southern Adventist University

Sink or Swim (or Both)!Dana Hoxie, freshman biochemistry major,and Christopher Marshall, sophomorefinancial management major, paddle hardwith their hands during the 6 th AnnualCardboard Boat Race on January 14 inthe Iles P.E. Center pool. Student teamsof four designed and built boats madeexclusively of cardboard and duct tape.Each group then chose two members topaddle their boat as many lengths of thepool as possible before sinking. Team SSArchimedes placed first with 68 lengths,winning $200, while other students wonprizes for best-outfitted crew and mostinnovative boat design. The race wascreated by the School of Education andPsychology to have fun while fosteringteam-building skills.2Columns


contents1216features2012 | Forever GreenSouthern takes advantage of eco-friendly technologyto positively affect energy usage.16 | Mail BondingHomer Dever comforts student missionaries with notesof encouragement from home.20 | Degrees of KindnessNew global policy degree helps prepare Southernstudents to change the world.22 | Anything But Business as UsualFive alumni entrepreneurs put their education andtalents to work for God.28 | Needle in the HaystackA non-Adventist student learns to enjoy the uniqueculture of Southern.22departments4 | New Media6 | Headlines11 | Life 10132 | Mission Minute34 | Professor Inspiration35 | Alumni Q&A36 | Spotlight37 | Beyond the Columns38 | Dear Southern39 | The WordCover Photo: Homer Dever sits on his porch in Dunlap, Tennessee. For the inspirationalstory of Dever and his faithful letters to student missionaries, turn to page 16.Photo by Andrew Aldridge.Spring 2012 3


»new mediatwitterSo very excited to announce that Iwill be joining @Yammer as a VisualDesigner! Can’t wait to start changingthe way you work :)»Jason Lang, ’11Students, if you doubt that your professorscare, please know how oftenand how much we pray for you.»Kendra Stanton-Lee,assistant professor,School of Journalism and Communicationsimpleupdates.com/article/46/features/mobile-appsThe new Sabbath School app, produced bythe Sabbath School and Personal Ministriesdepartment of the General Conference ofSeventh-day Adventists, gives you accessto content from Beginner through the AdultBible Study Guide. It provides links to all lessonsin PDF format, which are downloaded when youclick on them. The app, which is available forboth iPhone and Android operating systems, wasdeveloped by Southern alum Darryl Hosford, ’89,who owns a web and interactive design companycalled SimpleUpdates.com with his wifeCheryl (Stuyvesant), ’85.vimeoLisa Clark Diller, chair of History andPolitical Studies Department,lectures on Christ in the SeventhdayAdventist Church in 1844.See the video at southern.edu/columns.Student Suzanne Ocsai reportsfrom the Just Claim It convention inGreensboro, North Carolina.See the video at southern.edu/columns.Southern recognizes the importance offellowship in the Christian walk. FollowKrystal’s journey as she learns thepower that comes when we meet tostudy God’s word and pray.See the video at southern.edu/columns.Connect With Southern Adventist University:An artistic vision of Southern bystudent Brandan Roberts.See the video at southern.edu/columns.website: southern.eduflickr: flickr.com/photos/southernuyoutube: youtube.com/user/SouthernAdventistUfacebook: facebook.com/pages/Southern-Adventist-University-Officialtwitter: twitter.com/SouthernNewsSpring 2012 5


»headlines[leadership]President Bietz Travels to Dubai as Part of Peer Review ProcessUniversity President Gordon Bietztraveled to Dubai in the United ArabEmirates in March to peer review a universityas part of a committee representingthe Southern Association of Collegesand Schools (SACS). SACS’ accreditationwork goes beyond southern statesSouthern Welcomes Eight New Members to Board of TrusteesSouthern Adventist University welcomednine new members to theBoard of Trustees at its first meeting ofthe school year in October 2011.Kathy Schleier, one of the new members,believes that a successful boardmust work as a team. She is confidentthat the board’s skills will be put tomeaningful use in service to God throughSouthern.Trustees AddedJohn Chung lives in Ooltewah, Tennessee,and is a dermatologist at SkinCancer and Cosmetic Dermatology.He is married to Linda (Im) Chung, ’84.Their daughter Shauna currently attendsSouthern.»by the numbers2,344friends president Gordon Bietz hason Facebook.and even includes a handful of foreignschools. The on-site review includedtwo responsibilities. Bietz and the othervisitors first reviewed the recommendationsgiven to the university by an off-sitereview team that met in Atlanta. Second,they evaluated the university’s QualityEnhancement Plan (QEP), a documentdescribing the school’s plan to address aspecific issue related to education.Peer review is a requirement for accreditationfrom SACS, and Bietz hasbeen a part of accreditation visits like thisfor 10 years.“These visits assure the educationprovided by the accredited schools reacha certain standard of quality,” Bietz said.Franklin Farrow, ’93, lives in Ooltewah,Tennessee, and is the owner of IndependentHealthcare Properties. Farrow ismarried to Tamatha (Collson) Farrow, ’93.Dwight Herod, ’75, lives in Ooltewah,Tennessee. He is a minister in theGeorgia-Cumberland Conference ofSeventh-day Adventists and is married toJanita (Robertson) Herod, attended. Theirdaughter, Jodi, currently attends Southern.Jack McClarty, ’99, lives in Ooltewah,Tennessee. He is an anesthesiologist atAnesthesiology Consultants Exchange.McClarty is married to Susie (Clarke)McClarty, ’02.Christopher McKee, ’88, lives inOoltewah, Tennessee. He is the executivevice president of marketing and sales292columns on buildingexteriors across campus.SACS requires that the peer reviewersnot be local to the institution being accredited,in order to prevent any bias thatmay come up during the process.On-site visits are a part of Southern’saccreditation process as well. This April,Volker Henning, associate vice presidentfor Academic Administration, welcomeda team from SACS for document reviewsand interviews with deans, vice presidents,board members, and students.“The ultimate outcome is that the teamwill recommend us for reaffirmation,”Henning said. “If we don’t go through thiscritical process, students can’t have accessto federal aid, grants, or loans.”—Ingrid Hernandezat McKee Foods Corporation. McKee ismarried to Janel (Hanson) McKee, ’86and ’87. Two of their children, Nathanieland Jordan, currently attend Southern.Kathy Schleier, ’79 lives in Dalton,Georgia. She is the executive director atWhite’s Pediatrics and is married to JohnSchleier. Their son, Trevor, currently attendsSouthern.David Smith lives in Ooltewah, Tennessee,and is senior pastor at CollegedaleChurch of Seventh-day Adventists. He ismarried to Cherie (Merchant) Smith, ’91.Daniel Turk, ’85, lives in Fort Collins,Colorado. He is an associate professor ofcomputer information systems at ColoradoState University. Turk is married toCarol (Hurley) Turk, ’85. —Shana Michalek1,452intramural participants atSouthern during 2010-2011.6 Columns


»headlines[around campus]Origins Exhibit Opens, Highlights Creation Science WorldviewSouthern Adventist University had adesire to take the lead role in helpingeducate people on the scientific evidencebehind creation. This daunting task hasbegun, of all places, in their very own hallways.The grand opening of the OriginsExhibit took place in the North Entrancecorridor of Hickman Science center onApril 15, the culmination of more thanfour years of planning and $300,000 indonations.The project has three phases. The firstphase was to hire professors who hadorigins expertise. The second phase wasto find a way to provide origins educationfor the student body outside of classes.But even with a great plan in mind, facultyand staff were limited by a lack of availablespace to implement the ideas. Theirsolution? Use the hallways themselvesas an exhibit space; a self-guided walkingtour that would be available to bothstudents and the community.With that problem solved, Biology DepartmentChair Keith Snyder moved forward.He wrote to 20 prominent scientistsin the origins field and asked them whatthey felt was the strongest evidence supportingshort-term creation. Snyder wovetheir responses into narrative that, alongwith art director Ron Hight’s guidance,brings the information to life. The exhibitfeatures more than 25 displays, providinginformation on three areas: the cell, thegeologic column, and intelligent design.“We wanted the finished product to beprofessional, but not overpowering,” Snydersaid. “Our goal is not to tell peoplethat their beliefs are wrong, but to provideABOVE: The Cenozoic period display in the new Origins Exhibit features a full-size model of an Allosaurus. BELOW RIGHT: The exhibit openswith a highly detailed journey through the intricate structures of a cell.scientific evidence that substantiates theBible’s account of creation.”The third and final phase of the projectwill be to one day expand the exhibit intoan institute that provides information forall who are looking to learn about theshort-term creation worldview.The exhibit is funded completely bydonations, and Christopher Carey, vicepresident for Advancement, describesthose financially supporting the project asa small but extremely dedicated group.For more information, visitsouthern.edu/faithandscience.—Charles Cammack876students and faculty who participatedartifactsin Community Service Day.80new entrees introduced inthe Dining Hall this year.712in Southern’s Lynn H.Wood Archaeological Museum.Spring 2012 7


»headlines[around campus]Greenleaf Grant Assists History Majors with Thesis ResearchFloyd Greenleaf, retired vice presidentfor Academic Affairs and former chairof Southern’s History Department, stillremembers the day one of his studentswent the extra mile for a thesis paper.After discovering a location in NorthCarolina that could be useful, the studenttook time off from work to drive there,conduct interviews, and gather information.Greenleaf said recollections likethose are what inspired him to initiatea research grant.“I will never forget the look of enthusiasmand sheer joy on his face when thatstudent stopped by my office to tell meabout his experience,” Greenleaf said.“He was willing to pay whatever it took,but not everybody can do that.”[news briefs]For more than 30 years, senior historymajors at Southern have taken ResearchMethods in History, a class that culminatesin a baccalaureate thesis on theAmerican Civil War period. The new FloydGreenleaf Undergraduate Research Grantwill assist students who wish to visit outof-statemuseums and archives to gaininformation for this paper, or to presenttheir theses at professional conferences.One such student is post-baccalaureatehistory major Jason Dedeker. Whileworking on his thesis on the North’s freelabor movement, he had to be creativein searching for sources; documentationshowing new research was due weekly.“I would have loved to visit the Libraryof Congress,” Jason said. “It simplydoesn’t get any better than that.”Once completely funded, the grant willalso be available to help students travelto history conferences where they candevelop a professional network to assistin job searches after graduation.Greenleaf, who now lives and worksin Florida, is confident the grant will helphistory majors with short-term research,but the veteran educator also has hishopes set on a broader and longer-lastingimpact for students.“I hope it helps light many fires of intellectualcuriosity!”—Raquel LevyIf you would like to contribute tothe grant, contact Advancement at423.236.2829.Library Acquires Access to Top Academic JournalsSouthern recently purchased access to more than 1,800different journals from the Springer Americas Package, substantiallyincreasing the number of research materials available toMcKee Library users on the subjects of science, technology,medicine, business, transport, and architecture.Springer is alsoknown for publishing works geared toward graduate studies,and many of these titles will help meet the specialized researchand clinical needs of Southern’s master’s and doctoral students.School of P.E., Health, and Wellness Awarded GrantThe National Wellness Institute (NWI) recently awardedSouthern’s School of Physical Education, Health, and Wellnessthe first ever Academic Program Accreditation Grant. The NWI isthe accrediting body for employee wellness degrees and thestandard for excellence in the professional wellness world, saidPhil Garver, dean of the school. The $1,000 grant will assist withthe cost of applying for accreditation for its undergraduatewellness degree from the NWI.Biology Trail Receives High RatingSingletracks.com recently ranked Southern’s Biology Trailthe ninth best mountain biking trail in Tennessee. The trail wasalso labeled black diamond in difficulty, one of only four trails inTennessee to receive the coveted expert-level rating. Trail useduring the past year has skyrocketed as the Southern community,and residents from as far away as Knoxville, are takingadvantage of this great trail system.Television Show Highlights Campus Grocery StoreThe Village Market, Southern’s on-campus grocery store,recently had the opportunity to spread its health message toa broader audience through Chattanooga’s WDEF Channel 12program, Eat Well! Feel Good! with Chip Chapman. Kim Lett, aregistered dietician, presented recipes made from productsfound at the store for 13 segments between November 2011and January 2012. “This kind of education is part of our missionin life as Adventists,” said Perry Pratt, assistant store managerfor the Village Market.Students Prioritize Spring Break Mission TripsSeveral students from the School of Nursing and the TechnologyDepartment spent their spring break in Haiti, establishing anorphanage, giving follow-up care to children, and conductingdisaster relief training. Students from the School of Business andManagement visited an academy in Uruguay to check on thestatus of a SIFE project (a bakery that would help studentworkers earn 75 percent of their tuition). Another group from theTechnology Department did vehicle maintenance for cars in theTasba Raya Mission of Nicaragua.8 Columns


»headlinesSummerour Renovations Increase Capacity by One-ThirdSummerour Hall, home to Southern’sSchool of Education and Psychology,is undergoing a complete building restorationthat is expected to be complete byAugust 2013.Built in 1971, Summerour had becomeovercrowded as enrollment steadilyincreased. Minor remodeling was done in1992 and 1995, but no major renovationshave ever been completed, according toMarty Hamilton, associate vice presidentfor Financial Administration. The need forspace and the opportunity to upgrade anaging building were primary motivators forthe multi million dollar project.The School of Education and Psychologymoved in May 2011 to its temporaryhome at Herin Hall, the former locationof the School of Nursing, and progresson Summerour has been under way eversince. Two new wings will be added toSummerour, increasing the total squarefootage by more than a third. Interiorchanges will include an elevator for handicappedaccessibility, more classroomsand study rooms, as well as eco-friendlycarpet, lighting, and air conditioning.Along with a facelift to the front of thebuilding, the interior layout will be redesignedto accommodate the wide varietyof programs housed in Summerour.“The new design uses space moreefficiently,” Hamilton said.The initiative to restore Summerour wasbrought forward several years ago by ananonymous donor who wished to seethe building get a facelift. At the time, theuniversity was involved in other buildingprojects and was not able to immediatelyaddress the project. Once those priorcommitments wrapped up, the Summerourwork began. Southern initially plannedfor the undertaking to cost $2.5 million,but while delving further into the project,more issues became apparent.“We started seeing additional problems,so we decided to revamp the entireinside of the building,” Hamilton said. “It’sno longer just a remodeling; it’s now atotal building restoration.”The unexpected shift in plans led toan increase in the cost, with anticipatedexpenses totaling $4 million. The universityinvites others to join the anonymousdonor in supporting this project, saidChristopher Carey, vice president forAdvancement.“All of these changes are driven bya desire to create an environment thatbenefits students and enhances theirlearning,” Hamilton said. —Shana MichalekPacific Press Releases New Book by School of Religion ProfessorFor years, John Nixon contemplatedwriting about the book of Genesis, butthe demands of working as a full-timepastor kept him from making much progress.When he joined Southern’s Schoolof Religion in 2010 as a facultymember, Nixon was finally ableto set aside dedicated time forwriting about the topic that hasfascinated him for so long.The results are Redemptionin Genesis: The Crossroadsof Faith and Reason, a newbook released by PacificPress in January.“Every important topic inthe Bible can be found inGenesis in seedling form,” Nixon said.“Some of the topics exposed there arereally important for the church in the lastdays. I have always found it to be afascinating book.”In Redemption in Genesis, Nixonsearches for Jesus in the beginning ofthe Bible and brings new lessons tofamiliar stories. He also proposes thatfaith and reason work together—ratherthan opposing each other—to lead us toa deeper understanding of the truth.Scott Cady, acquisition editor forPacific Press, heard of Nixon’s ministryand approached him about the possibilityof publishing. Cady said that Redemptionin Genesis offers a fresh perspective onBible truths and has the potential to helppeople grow spiritually while developing adeeper appreciation for the Bible.“I think that often times people don’thave a picture of Jesus being present inthe Old Testament, particularly inGenesis,” Cady said. “I think John does anice job of identifying the metaphors andsymbols in Genesis that point to JesusChrist. It’s something that’s there, and hewas able to highlight that perspective in avery engaging way.”Nixon uses Redemption in Genesis asa textbook in Christian Beliefs, a class heteaches. He hopes that after reading it,students come away with a sense of clarityover issues that may have puzzledthem before. Kevin Reynolds, a junioraccounting major, is currently taking thisclass and said the book gives a viewabout Bible stories different from manythat are commonly heard.“It’s easy to understand Nixon’smessage, regardless of how far alongyou are in your faith journey,” Kevin said.—Sarah CrowderSpring 2012 9


»headlines[graduate school]Southern Offering Classes Toward First Doctorate DegreeThe idea for Southern Adventist Universityto pursue a Doctorate of NursingPractice (D.N.P.) program quickly cameup for discussion after the American Associationof Colleges of Nursing movedthe required level of preparation for advancednursing practice from a master’sto a doctorate degree. This transitionmust occur by 2015, but Southern willbegin providing classes for this terminaldegree beginning in the fall.The D.N.P. differs from a Ph.D. byfocusing on clinical care rather thanacademic research. Southern’s Schoolof Nursing will offer the D.N.P. as a fivesemesteronline degree with two tracksavailable: lifestyle therapeutics and acutecare-adult/gerontology.According to Barbara James, deanof the School of Nursing, it was a longprocess to get Southern accepted for aD.N.P. . Originally, Southern was approvedby the Southern Association ofColleges and Schools accreditation agencyas a Level III institution, which meant amaster’s was the highest degree it couldoffer. The proposal for a D.N.P. includedan application for Southern to move upto a Level V, allowing for two to threedoctoral programs. The School of Nursinghad to get approval from numerouson-campus committees and also workedwith the Tennessee Board of Nursing towrite a proposal to the National Leaguefor Nursing Accrediting Commission tobecome candidates for the D.N.P..“It was and still is a huge undertaking,but the process has gone smoothly,”James said.For more information, visitsouthern.edu/graduatestudies.—Raquel LevyStudents TrainPastors in SpousalAbuse Awareness,CounselingStudies indicate that as many as 20percent of couples in the UnitedStates experience intimate partnerviolence—a figure consistent among boththe churched and unchurched—yet someSeventh-day Adventists still have a hardtime believing that those victims might besitting in the pew next to them on Sabbathmorning. Graduate students fromSouthern Adventist University’s School ofSocial Work are working to debunk thismyth and provide tools for church leadersto better counsel members when theabuse does occur.Several years ago, René Drumm, deanof the School of Social Work, conductedregional studies of spousal domesticviolence in the Pacific Union. Resultsshowed that victims often approachedpastors, but in many cases their storiesweren’t believed or they were given pooradvice. From this research was born theChristian Abuse Response Educationteam (CARE), headed by Drumm. Graduateassistants Amanda Chase, JenniferAttendees listen intently as a lecturer discusses the care and treatment domestic violence victims.Reynaert, Amy Koffler, and Lisa Kofflerare a significant part of the group.Theyprovide key research information forCARE team training materials and coachpastors and other leaders about the bestway to respond in these situations.“This program helped solidify in mymind that there is a specific need for myline of work in the church,” Amanda said.In February, more than 50 peoplecame out to the Collegedale Church ofSeventh-day Adventists, where the CAREteam provided training. President GordonBietz attended the training session, alongwith 35 Adventist pastors. The five-hoursession included a victim’s testimony,signs of abuse, appropriate and inappropriateresponses, how to work withabusers, and a call to action. “Our goal was to help make pastorsfirst responders,” Drumm said. “We’re nottrying to make them experts.”The graduate assistants also encouragedpastors to form abuse teams attheir local churches and to address domesticviolence from the pulpit. For moreinformation, visit sdaabuseresponse.org.—Charles Cammack10 Columns


»life 101Celebrating Sabbath,Serving Like JesusBy Andrew Vizcarra, senior journalism majorstared at the empty couch on the other side of our living room. TheI Sabbath day was upon us, and my parents chose to nap that day afterchurch. I was used to this routine but longed for a more meaningful wayto spend the holy day. Was it a day of rest? Absolutely. I’ve taken morethan my fair share of much-needed naps. But to me, Sabbaths at homewere hardly a time of heavenly celebration.Removing the JoyCelebrations defined the Sabbath for Old Testament Jews, but overthe centuries, the Pharisees developed their own traditions about keepingthe Sabbath commandment. Their new laws bound real Sabbathenjoyment, dampening much of the spirit of the celebrations. They didthings like limit how far one could walk on the Sabbath, then createdmore rules to get around the first rules. I imagine their children mightalso have sat purposeless in an empty living room.Jesus repeatedly violated the Pharisees’ tradition by making plasterfrom spit and mud, healing a cripple, and picking grains of wheat on theSabbath.“Jesus was trying to show acts of mercy, acts of compassion, settingpeople free,” said Edwin Reynolds, professor of New Testament studiesand biblical languages at Southern. “These are some important aspects ofwhat the Sabbath should be about.”I felt set free when I first experienced Sabbath at Southern. Students,university staff, and local churches have created multiple opportunitiesfor Saturday-afternoon ministries. Programs like Flag Camp, God Is OurSong, Bread of Life, Patten Towers, Hungry for Jesus, Westside 4 Jesus,and others exist because people have caught on to one of the key messagesof this special day.Faith in ActionBread for Life is a homeless ministry organized jointly by Southernand the Collegedale Church of Seventh-day Adventists. On onememorable trip, Shelby Tanguay, student leader for the ministry, leftSouthern to feed the homeless with a plastic bag full of heart-shapedLittle Debbie cakes and an assortment of sandwiches. She found a manwho appeared to be in his 60s and offered himthe food. He accepted but said the food would beshared between him and his pet raccoon, Spanky.Unabashed by his statement, Shelby replied thatshe too had a pet raccoon, Rambo, at home. Thetwo were still talking about their pets when theman’s cadence began to change. He told Shelbyabout his hard life on the street, his loneliness, hissuicidal thoughts, and his prayers to meet someonewith whom he shared a common ground. The manshed grateful tears as Shelby took the time to praywith him.Healing HugsPerhaps the best example of Southern’s significantSabbath-day influence is an experiencethat senior health science major Maida Hage hadas director for Fun Learning About God (FLAG)Camp. Students who help with FLAG Camptravel to low-income areas in downtown Chattanoogaand spend time playing with children,creating small crafts, and sharing stories aboutGod with them. Maida vividly recalls a story shetold about the importance of sentimental gifts likehugs, kisses, and smiles. She told the children thata hug can go a lot further than any material giftin showing that you care. During the story a smallboy sat up, ran to Maida, and gave her a hug.“Is that how you show love?” he asked.“Yeah, that’s it!” she replied.The boy then ran to children and students,hugging each one of them.It’s stories like these that make me lookforward to returning to Southern each year. Here,I encounter students who are creative and passionateabout following the example of Christ. Here,I’m encouraged to get off the couch and befriendthe homeless, play with a child, or simply tellsomeone of Jesus’ love. It is through this type ofjoyful, service-driven worship that my understandingof Sabbath celebration continues to grow. nSpring 2012 11


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Standing on top of the Service Department warehouseroof, it’s hard to grasp just how quickly this considerableproject happened. Nine months ago, there wasn’t a singlesolar panel here; they were just a twinkle in the eyes of ambitiousstudents with big hearts for making the world a betterplace. Now there’s an 806-panel array converting sunlightinto electricity. In less than a year’s time, Southern AdventistUniversity has gone from an institution with little to showfor its environmental efforts, to the generator of green energydestined for millions of homes in multiple states.Making the transition even more remarkable is the factthat this idea was seeded by Southern’s chapter of the internationalStudents In Free Enterprise (SIFE) organization,and early momentum was maintained primarily by just twomembers: Karla Coupland, Master of Business Administrationstudent, and Michael Daily, junior marketing major.Each spent more than 100 hours on theproject, conducting feasibility and vendorresearch; meeting with the university’sEnergy Management team, SustainabilityCommittee, and Strategic Planning Committee;and preparing their proposal forCabinet.SIFE considered taking up the mantleof other environmental projects instead —windmills, waterconservation, and bloom energy, to name a few—but settledon a 60-kilowatt solar panel system because it seemed like agood fit for Summerour Hall, currently under renovation forthe School of Education and Psychology (see article on page9). After discovering a small window of opportunity for anincreased buy-back rate, students dreamed big and revisedtheir plans to accommodate a larger installation.This also meant they had to move the panels’ proposedlocation to the Service Department warehouse roof in orderto accommodate the increased size. No worries. The biggerproject, shorter timeline, and new location were only minordeterrents for a determined group of SIFE students and Southernstaff.“There was now a March 2012 deadline, and we knewthat our project would either happen fast or not at all,” Karlasaid. “I’m very impressed with how quickly the contractorsand university administrators made everything fall into place.They did a great job working around time constraints.”Power produced by Southern’s new system—enough for 40Southern’s school color is evergreen. But it’smuch more than just a color; it’s a philosophythat has led to the installation of more than800 solar panels on campus.By Lucas PattersonFinancially speaking,this green idea wasblack and white.average-size homes—will be purchased from the university bythe Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), a corporation providingelectricity for 9 million people in parts of seven southeasternstates. TVA will then put the power on its transmissiongrid for delivery to customers by local distributors such asElectric Power Board, a non-profit agency serving the City ofChattanooga.According to Dave Allemand, associate director for PlantServices and head of the university’s Energy Managementteam, the buy-back program at TVA was key in making thesolar panel array possible. TVA will purchase the electricityfrom Southern at 12 cents per kilowatt-hour above the retailrate. Multiplying those profits out on the 200-kilowatt system,and taking into account a small tax credit, puts Southern ontrack to pay off the installation in seven years or less. Afterthat, energy savings are projected to be around $6,000 permonth.The solar panels have a 25-year warranty,and with profits beginning after lessthan a third of those years, it’s easy to seewhy the school was quick to join in SIFE’senthusiasm for the concept. Financiallyspeaking, this green idea was black andwhite. But those involved see the panelsas providing far more than simply a monetary benefit.“I believe the project will help students recognize thatSouthern is doing its part to take care of the resources thatGod has given us, including their tuition,” Karla said. “I hopethat they see that effort and join in. The more current studentsconserve energy, the more future students at Southernwill benefit.”For a view of the solar panel’s lifetime and current energyfigures, as well as conservation equivalents as measured bycarbon dioxide, trees, and gasoline, visit southern.edu/greenand click on “live solar panel statistics.”Beyond the RooftopThe solar panel installation was not the university’s firstgreen success story, and it certainly won’t be the last. Numerousother resource-saving projects continue to grow understrong student and administrative leadership.Verve Living Systems. Occupancy sensors in the VerveLiving System can tell if no one is in the room or apartmentand reduces energy consumption by adjusting temperature,Spring 2012 13


lighting, and hot water heater controlsaccordingly. The system itself uses nobatteries or electricity, pulling currentinstead from magnetic fields and solarenergy already present in the room.Verve has been wired into two SouthernVillage apartment buildings on campus,with plans for further installations.Outdoor Lighting. Southern looks forevery opportunity to replace existingoutdoor lighting around campus withmore energy-efficient LED bulbs. Plansare in place to install a wireless systemthat will allow all of our LED lights tobe uniformly scaled back at off-peakhours, further lowering the electricity’sstrain on natural resources.Recycling. Student-led recyclingefforts—in place at Southern for manyDave Allemand, associate director of Plant Services, goes over thedetails of the solar panel installation with visiting SIFE students.years—recently expanded to includemore bins around campus. Single streamrecycling has also just begun. The processallows all materials to be collectedin one container without sorting.Statistics bear out that this conveniencewill lead to increased recycling participation.Organic Farm. An organic producefarm is being developed to providequality food for use in campus eateriesand the Village Market grocery store.Student workers will harvest the crops—grown without herbicides, pesticides,or genetically modified seeds—on themorning of consumption or sale. Thefarm encompasses four fenced acres withplans for 30 additional greenhouses.Vegetarian Campus. A recentUnited Nations study, “Livestock’sLong Shadow,” found that 18 percent ofgreenhouse gas emissions can be traceddirectly back to the production of meat.As a vegetarian campus, Southernserves almost 90,000 meat-free mealseach month, contributing very little tothe environmentally-damaging demandfor animal products. Turns out that theAdventist health message helps ourplanet, as well as our bodies.In the ClassroomsWhile solar panels are a tremendousopportunity for the university to shinefor the community, it’s in the classroomsetting that students are most likely togain a new perspective about the valueof going green. With that in mind,Southern makes every effort to instructaccordingly across multiple disciplinesand to reach as many students as possiblewith this valuable message. Andas Southern continues its sustainabilitypush, students in some of these handsoncourses will have the advantage ofgetting an up-close look at green projectsaround campus.Wilderness Stewardship is anintensive backcountry camping coursetaught as part of the outdoor educationprogram. It provides students withbasic knowledge and understandingof minimal environmental impactwhile pursuing recreational activities.Students in the class study the worksof environmental luminaries such asThoreau, Leopold, and Muir.Sustainability Studies focuses onexamining sustainable agriculturethrough the lens of health and educationas a means for maintaining ecological,societal, and spiritual balance. Thisclass is part of the new Global Policycurriculum.Environmental Toxicology is a BiologyDepartment lab research course thatsurveys major pollutants, focusing ontheir sources and interaction with theatmospheric, terrestrial and aquatichabitats. By the end of the course,students can recognize various classes ofenvironmental contaminants and understandhow they affect organisms, populations,communities, and ecosystems.Solar Power covers both designand installation methods for the mostcommon alternative energy solution.Students learn to calculate loads, analyzea site for shade problems, size panelarrays, calculate the system’s paybackperiod, and more. This course alsoemphasizes Third World applicationsrelating to mission service.Green Construction explores aprocess that minimizes impact on theenvironment both during constructionand over a building’s useful life. Topicsdiscussed include sustainable materials,energy efficiency, and practices thatreduce waste.Practical Technology for DevelopingCountries provides students with informationon water filtration and distributionissues, sewage handling for diseasecontrol, quick building set-up (rammedearth bricks, straw bale construction),solar ovens, and the use of bicyclemachines for power generation. Theseare technologies that Third Worldcountries desperately need and thatservice organizations use when assistingin devastated areas.Bob Young, vice president for AcademicAdministration, sees tremendousvalue in these activities and acknowledgesthat this kind of variety doesn’thappen by accident. It’s the result ofSouthern’s resolve to follow through ona commitment to become better care-14 Columns


takers of all that God has given the university.“These courses and other activities support our Vision20/20 Strategic Plan, which contains a ‘Living and Learningin God’s Natural Abundance’ theme,” said Young. “Greeninitiatives on campus help the students and help the institutionachieve its goal of good resource stewardship.”Unique PerspectiveBut not all of the instruction time takes place in the classroom.Cindy Tutsch, associate director of the Ellen G. WhiteEstate, visited campus last fall for convocation and made thecase that our church’s founder had an ecological messageahead of its time. The talk contained several selections fromWhite’s writings to back up this point. To view her “WasEllen White Green?” presentation in its entirety, visitsouthern.edu/columns.As a Christian institution, Southern has the opportunityto frame all of our campus’ green efforts in a biblical context.Genesis 2:15 (KJV) reads, “The Lord God took the manand put him in the Garden of Eden to dress it and to keepit.” According to Steve Bauer, professor in the School ofReligion, the Hebrew words for “dressing” and “keeping” aremore properly translated “to serve” and “to guard.” Dominiongave humans a responsibility to protect, not the freedom toexploit. This fits the ethical principles of how God uses Hispower and shows Christians the ultimate example of how tomimic His love.From classrooms to the cafeteria, Southern is providing anincreasing number of opportunities for people on campus todo just that. As faculty, staff, and students work toward a betterunderstanding of their relationship with the environment,they’re also working toward a better understanding of God.This holistic approach to education has always been Southern’sgoal, and solar panels are simply the most recent toolwith which the university teaches young people to recognizethe Creator’s steady hand at work all around them.“There were so many times when I felt like this projectwas too much work and would never happen. Having itcompleted is a testimony to how hard work, correct motives,and prayer bring ideas into reality,” Karla said. “Many timeswhen we felt like giving up, we would remind ourselves that ifGod wanted the solar panels here, this would all work out. Ithelped a lot to leave it up to Him!”While no new projects are currently under way, both Allemandand the SIFE team are encouraged by the year’s successes.And if the solar panel installation is a model of whatstudent and administrative partnerships can accomplish, thefuture looks bright green. nThe Biblical Casefor Going GreenQuestion and answer session with School ofReligion Professor Steve BauerHow should the Bible’s teaching about theultimate fate of the Earth impact the waywe consider creation care?I know the ultimate fate of my car is to wearout and that I will eventually need to replaceit. Its perishable nature does not make meview it as devoid of value. I still maintain andfix my car even though it will eventually wearout. It’s no different with the Earth. And sinceI cannot replace the Earth the way I can mycar, it becomes all the more important to be aresponsible steward. On the other hand, ourrecognition of the fact that one day God willdestroy the present Earth means we should notinvest in environmental causes to the point thatthey become a quest for apocalyptic salvationsupplanting our eternal concerns.Professor Steve Bauer’s 2006 Ph.D.dissertation (Andrews University)explored the moral implications ofDarwinism for Christian ethics andargued that just because God gavehumans greater rights than nature,this does not logically entail thatnature is granted no protection at all.How might our own selfishness impacthow we treat the environment?As Seventh-day Adventists, we should see the connectionbetween Philippians 2, where Christ empties Himself of His divinerights, and the implications of the fourth commandment. Thecommandments address each of us as agents of power, and callus to use our power in a Christ-like manner. We keep the Sabbathnot only by observing the seventh day, but also by a dailylifestyle of non-exploitation in reference to what we have authorityover. And that includes nature. (Listen to an entire sermon byBauer on this topic by visiting southern.edu/columns.)How would you like to see Adventists responding to creationcare concerns?Due to our belief in a literal reading of Genesis 1 and our promotionof the Sabbath, we should have more grounds for beinggood stewards of the Earth than other Christians. That societalshift toward belief in evolution weakens the sense of the Earthbeing the Lord’s, weakens the view of last-day events, and engendersa different philosophy of personal power than promotedin Scripture. I would hope that Adventists could be a strong voicefor responsible creation care while avoiding the more desperateforms of environmentalism.Spring 2012 15


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Southern students servingoverseas faithfully receivenotes of encouragement froma man they’ve never met—and witness a love they’ll notsoon forget. By Angela Baerg, ’06Spring 2012 17


When Homer Dever was 21years old, he left friends andfamily behind to serve in theKorean War. Although he was gonefor two years, his mother wrote to himevery day. Being away from home thatlong was difficult, but the letters were asteady source of encouragement.“I’ll never forget the way they mademe feel,” he said. “They really helpedme keep going.”A retired elementary school teacher,Dever, ’57, has always done his best toencourage young people in their serviceto the Lord. Inspired by his mother’scorrespondences with him as a youngman, Dever began his own writingproject by penning letters to studentmissionaries.Even 40 years after returning fromKorea, it was all too easy for Dever torelate to those who were overseas andin need of a few kind words from home;and that connection led to quite acommitment. Since the project startedin 1997, Dever has consistently written50-100 letters or postcards each year tostudent missionaries from Southern AdventistUniversity and other agencies.One Letter at a TimeSo far, more than one thousandstudents have had their lives blessedby Dever’s letters. One such studentis Southern’s Tekoa Penrose, a seniorsocial work major who served overseasin Nicaragua as an English teacher witheight other missionaries from 2008-2009. One day when their mission workwas going through a particularly roughpatch and they were all feeling discouraged,she and her eight fellow studentworkers received a letter from Dever.None of the students had any idea whohe was at the time, but as they openedit and read through its contents, theirhearts were encouraged.“When you’re a missionary, gettinganything in the mail is like Christmas,”Tekoa said. “Many of our friends andfamily hadn’t even written, so when wegot this letter from Mr. Dever, we werereally overwhelmed with emotion.”Inside the letter Dever provided alittle insight into his life, talking abouthis garden, his wife’s death, and hiscurrent activities. He said that althoughthey didn’t know him, he wanted themto know that they were in his prayers.The groupof youngmissionariesloved thatDever caredso muchfor theirgeneration,and theyfelt a real connection with him. Everysingle one of them wrote him a letter inreturn, telling about their lives in Nicaragua,their garden there in CentralAmerica, and how meaningful his letterhad been to them.After she finished serving overseas,Tekoa returned to Southern where shegot a job in the Chaplain’s Office whilecontinuing to work on her degree. Oneday at work she was delighted to get theopportunity to speak with Dever andthank him personally when he called into get a new list of student missionariesto whom he could write. Tekoa waselated to help him get the next list ofstudents who would receive this unexpectedencouragement. She loved theidea of being a part of the process thathad brought such a blessing to her.“I just think it is so sweet when anolder person takes the time to writeyoung people and encourage them,”Tekoa said. “I wanted him to know thathis ministry had a significant impact.Of all the letters I got while servingoverseas, his is the one that stood out tome the most.”Overcoming ObstaclesIn 2009, Dever encountered anunforeseen obstacle to his ministry—astroke. Writing and speaking becamevery difficult for him, and he soon realizedthat continuing to craft lengthy lettersas he had for the previous 12 yearswas no longer a realistic goal. Even ingood health, it had taken him an hourto write a hearty letter filled with personaldetails and prayers. Now, it tookhim half an hour of intense concentrationto writeonly a few“I wanted him to knowthat his ministry had asignificant impact.”sentences.Despite thisfrustratingturn ofevents, Deverwas not aboutto let his mailministry be silenced.“My stroke slowed me down, butit didn’t stop me,” he said. “I still domost of the same things I ever did; itjust takes longer now than before. SoI’ve begun writing postcards instead ofletters.”Julie (Alvarez) Norton, ’96, studentmissions coordinator at Southern, has aunique vantage point to see how meaningfulwritten communication of anytype is to student missionaries who arestarving for contact from home as theyare serving overseas. Although letterwritingin the United States has diminishedwith new technologies, handwrittenletters often remain the best way tocontact and uplift these students.Julie believes Dever’s ministry is alost art that has a special place in thehearts of her student missionaries.


Julie is amazed at Dever’s faithfulnessto his ministry in spite of his personalchallenges.“If he were in perfect health, findingthe time to write these letters wouldstill be a beautiful ministry,” she said,“but the fact that he continues writingeven when it is so difficult for himshows what a kind, self-sacrificingspirit he has.”Going the DistanceAlthough the form of Dever’sministry might have changed after hisstroke, its impact remains the same.Samantha Richardson, one of manymissionaries from Southern who hasreceived Dever’s postcards, can testifyto that fact. Samantha served in Malawifrom 2010-2011, teaching grades onethrough eight with another missionaryfrom Walla Walla University. WhenSamantha initially received Dever’s letter,she had no idea who he was. At firstshe thought that he must be a friendor relative whom she had never heardabout; it was hard for her to believe thata complete stranger would have takenthe time to write to her.“His postcard was special because itwasn’t just generically addressed to amissionary,” she remembered. “It wasso specific—to my name, my address,my hospital, and my school in Africa.I was surprised; receiving mail was souncommon.”It was around Valentine’s Day whenSamantha received Dever’s postcard.Like Tekoa, she received it at a timewhen she needed it the most.“It was a hard time of year,” Samantharecalled. “I was ready to go home,and I needed encouragement for severalthings I was dealing with in my position.Just knowing that somebody athome was thinking about me mademe feel better and brought a smile tomy face.”Dever wrote to Samantha about howglad he was that she was serving God,how difficult he knew it was to go away,and how being a missionary was a veryimportant experience. He wished herwell and told her that she was in histhoughts and prayers. Samantha readhis postcard aloud to her roommate andput it up on her wall. Even after shearrived home, she saved it as a keepsakefrom her time overseas, reminding herof one of the many unforgettable momentsshe had experienced.“I can’t even imagine how long ittakes him to write all those postcards,”she said, “but I will never forget the wayhe wrote in the one I received, almostlike a grandfather who was beamingwith pride. His letter lifted my spiritsand helped give me the strength Ineeded to fulfill my mission overseas.”Legacy of EncouragementEver since he was a little child,Dever has had a special reverence formissionaries and their precious gifts ofservice. He believes it is his privilegeto encourage student workers out therein the field and has taken the instructionsfound in Hebrews 10:24-25 toheart: “Let us consider how we may spurone another on toward love and gooddeeds,…encouraging one another—andall the more as you see the Day approaching.”When Dever’s mother dutifullywrote to him as he was serving in Korea,she had no idea what kind of a passionfor writing she would kindle in her sonand how many lives his letters wouldtouch. He may not be able to traveloverseas himself, but the missionarieswho receive his letters will tell youthat they believe Dever is with them inspirit—a true missionary by mail. nJoin the Mail MinistryFeeling inspired by Dever’s impressive efforts? Consider joiningin this critical mail ministry by writing postcards or letters ofyour own. We’ve provided a list (right) of all the countries whereSouthern Adventist University students currently serve and thespecific area where their talents are being put to use. Pleasepray for them and consider what you might share to brightentheir day. Contact Student Missions Coordinator Julie Nortonat 423.236.2442 or julienorton@southern.edu with additionalquestions.A broad range of information, including donation opportunitiesand the names and pictures of current student missionaries,can be found at southern.edu/studentmissions.Bolivia (teachers)Chad (clinic workers)China (teachers)Ebeye (teachers)Ecuador (teachers)El Salvador (teachers)Honduras (orphanage workers)India (clinic workers)Indonesia (translators)Kenya (deans, teachers)Korea (teachers)Majuro (teachers)New Zealand (youth ministry)Nicaragua (nurses, teachers)Nigeria (nurses)Palau (teachers)Philippines (clinic workers, teachers)Pohnpei (teachers)Saipan (teachers)Spain (teachers)Tanzania (construction workers)Thailand (church planters)U.S. (deans, chaplains, teachers)Yap (teachers)Zambia (clinic workers)Spring 2012 19


Degrees ofNew global policy major comby Janelle Sundin, senior English majorkingdom mission to help studeSophomore Sashenka Brauer wants tochange the world, but until recently shewasn’t sure she could do that throughany of her studies at Southern AdventistUniversity. She began school as an interculturalcommunications major with a minor inarchaeological studies, but soon she discoveredthat the major didn’t fit what she wanted to doand started exploring other options. Culturalanthropology was a possibility, but somethingimportant was still missing.“I really want to help people, not just studythem,” Sashenka said.She had already begun researching othercolleges and their political science degreeswhen, while talking to her adviser Mindi Rahn,Sashenka discovered that the major she’d beenlooking for all along was right here at Southern—globalpolicy and service studies.Years in the MakingGlobal policy and service studies (GPS)is a new, cutting-edge political science majoror minor that will be offered beginning inFall 2012. It is intended to give students thehistorical and political context, along withthe technical skills, to change the world forthe better. The major has been in developmentfor more than two years, going backto when the History and Political StudiesDepartment hired Mindi Rahn.“Until we hired Rahn, Southern didnot have a professor who specialized inpolitical studies,” said Lisa Diller, Historyand Political Studies Departmentchair. “And we’ve never had a politicalscience major on campus, whichis unusual for a school our size.”While History and Political Studies Departmentfaculty knew that a new major was inorder, the shape it would take did not becomeclear until several months later.“I sat down one day and wrote out a curriculum.I didn’t know why; it was just for fun,”Rahn said. “I checked to see if other Adventistschools had a similar program and researchedwhat secular universities were doing; no otheruniversity offered anything quite like this.”Rahn then spoke with the Adventist Developmentand Relief Agency, the United Nations,World Vision, the General Conference, andAdventist Frontier Missions about the idea, andthe organizations’ responses were overwhelminglypositive. They wanted employees with theskills this new degree would provide.History and Political Studies Departmentleaders were excited for a deeper reason beyondthe immediacy of a new major; this degreewould help embed their courses deeper withinthe university’s vision for spiritually equippinggraduates to enter adulthood.“Our main question was, ‘How can weincorporate political studies in a way thatfurthers the mission of the church?’” Dillersaid. “Rahn’s curriculum answered thatquestion.”Required ClassesIn consultation with nonprofit andgovernment organizations, universitieswith political science master’s degrees,and other departments on campus, theHistory and Political Studies Departmentmoved forward. Specific classes20 Columns


Kindnessbines academic training, service ministry, andnts “be the change” they want to see in the world.required for the new degree include HumanRights and Service, Policies in Global Health,Global Politics, Sustainability Studies, andCross-cultural Experience. Students will berequired to take at least one foreign language.World Missions is a key class, as is ChristianMissionary Entrepreneurship.Students will also take a sustainable technologycourse, designed specifically for the majorby Technology Department Associate ProfessorJohn Youngberg, that will teach them how to usegreen technology, such as solar electricity andbicycle machines, to filter and distribute water,handle sewage, and build houses.The major has four specific components. Itteaches students to understand the politics of theinternational arena and how they affect ordinarypeople. It enables them to assess and understandthe development challenges people face in issuesof health, education, and poverty. It helpsthem to develop practical skills that can beused to serve in a community anywhere. Andit encourages students to follow Jesus’ exampleof meeting people’s physical needs so that theycan share Him in a way nonbelievers canunderstand.“Our overarching objective is to teachstudents to meet people’s physical needswhile sharing the eternal need of a relationshipwith Christ,” Rahn said. “This is ourway of following the Great Commission.”Versatile DegreeWith this major, graduates will beable to move on to a variety of fields.“Global policy and service studiesis cutting edge and interdisciplinaryat its core,” Diller said. “It would functionwell as a general foundation or springboardfor specialization in graduate school. It can bea double major ideal for pre-medical, dental,or law students. It is also meant to be practicalenough to use on its own as a bachelor’s degree,which means students would be a good candidatefor work in a variety of fields.”Sashenka plans on using her global policyand service studies classes to figure out whatshe wants to do long-term. She has a heart formissions and is looking forward to the volunteercomponent of the major. She recently tookan interdepartmental mission trip to Haiti andconsiders it a foretaste of the work she will takeon after graduation.“My dream job would be going to differentcountries and helping communities plan effectivehealthcare and education solutions,” Sashenkasaid. “I believe that God has put me in theright place to make this come true.”Diller is confident that the new major willattract additional Christ-centered students likeSashenka.“This is about being salt and light in theworld,” Diller said. “It’s a ministry of reconciliationin line with both our university’sand our kingdom’s mission.”Rahn agrees, especially consideringwho’s in charge.“Ultimately, I want this to be God’sprogram. Nobody else’s—just God’s.”To learn more about the globalpolicy and service studies degree, visitsouthern.edu/global. nSpring 2012 21


By Angela Baerg, ’06The careers of these five Southernalumni represent a living testimony tothe university’s mission: the pursuit oftruth, wholeness, and a life of service.22 Columns


Most of us spend a large chunk of our lives atwork—more time than we spend sleeping, eating,or bonding with loved ones. Many give backto society by donating a portion of the moneythey earn to causes about which they are passionate,and ministries might not survive withoutthat income. But for these five entrepreneurs,their careers themselves are their greatest giftto society. These alumni use their talents daily inservice to others and to the glory of God. Fromfood and families to art, music, and disaster relief,these Southern Adventist University graduates areconstantly searching for ways to use their talentsto touch lives.David Canther, Disaster ReliefTheology, ’79David Canther never planned onfounding a disaster relief organization,but as a pastor in Florida duringthe hurricane season in 2004, the needfor assistance was undeniable.“At one point our church had about60 outreach ministries going on,”Canther said. “The conference saw thatwhat we were doing was uniting ouryouth, and they asked me to keep ondoing it.”That’s when Canther establishedACTS (Active Christians That Serve)World Relief. He places a special emphasison empowering youth by givingthem significant responsibilities and achance to make a difference alongsideadults. Since 2004, ACTS has given$66 million in emergency supplies andmedicine, served 1.1 million hot meals,removed 5,640 pounds of debris, repaired2,489 roofs, met 81,600 medicalneeds, and utilized 80,100 volunteers.Southern is participating in multipleservice-learning opportunities withACTS in Haiti, where more than 6,000have been deployed since the 2010earthquake, and in Alabama and Mississippi,where more than 5,000 volunteersresponded to tornado damage in 2011.Along the way, Canther has seena lot of miracles. One morning duringHurricane Katrina relief efforts, histeam prayed and asked God to go outand help them find people in need.Two girls from Southern knocked on adoor, and an elderly woman opened itand said, “Look, God did send angelsto come and bring us water today.” Shetold the girls that she and her husbandhad prayed that day for water. It wasmore than 100 degrees outside, andthey had been without water, food, andelectricity for more than a week. Thatmorning they drank the little they hadleft and prepared to die together. Littledid they know the precious relief thatGod had in store for them.On another occasion during Katrinaefforts, the volunteers who were servinghot meals counted their inventory andfound that they had only 1,200 hot dogsleft. This meant they would have toturn people away since they fed, on average,5,000 people each day. The roadswere closed, and additional suppliescould not be brought in.“We prayed and asked God to multiplythose hot dogs, and every time wereached into the cans, thinking theywould be empty, there were more hotdogs inside,” Canther said. “Before thatday was over, we had fed 5,500 people.It was one of those powerful momentswhen you realize you don’t have to goto Africa to see miracles!”Looking back, Canther said he neverwould have guessed where God wasleading his life, but his time at Southernhelped prepare him for his journey.“I learned a lot about theology atSouthern, but even more so I learnedthat the most important thing is to liveout my Christian values,” Canther said.“Christianity is not just theoretical; itis practical and real, and it transformslives.”To learn more about ACTS WorldRelief, visit actswr.org.Spring 2012 23


Jared Thurmon, Health MinistryBusiness, ’04Jared Thurmon became passionateabout health ministry when helearned that his dad had seven inoperabletumors in his liver. After researchingand sharing with his father simplehealth elements such as regular exercise,a plant-based diet, and increasedprayer time, Thurmon saw firsthandwhat a difference these changes couldmake in someone’s health. The tumorsdisappeared.Inspired by the results, Thurmon, hisfather, and another partner started TheBeehive in 2009. The nonprofit’s goal isto be like a real beehive, full of bustlingactivity on diverse projects all aiming tolead people closer to Jesus. The group’scurrent projects include mission-basedbusiness consulting, a health evangelismtour, agricultural schools in Haiti andIndia, and lifestyle education featuringbiblical insights addressing stress,sunlight, nutrition, exercise, water, andfresh air.Another major focus of The Beehiveis the Daniel Challenge, an initiativethat is especially popular on collegecampuses and leads to better physical,mental, and spiritual health. Just as inthe Bible Daniel took a 10-day challengein ancient Babylon to seek betterhealth, the Daniel Challenge invitesmodern people to take on a 10-weekchallenge to improve their lives. Eachweek, participants are called to newchallenges such as exercising outside for45 minutes each day, not eating meat,drinking eight glasses of water daily,abstaining from carbonated and caffeinateddrinks, and finding four hours aweek of quiet time to study their Bibles.Since the program was first tested atArizona State University in January2010, it has been replicated more than175 times on campuses such as KennesawState, Tufts, Berklee, Bowie,and even the University of SouthAfrica in Pretoria.With his newfound understanding ofhealth and its relation to diet, Thurmonhas also recently helped market a lineof oat-based, dairy-alternative productscalled WayFare Foods. He loves toThe WayFare Foods brand provides healthy, tasty products that fit aplant-based diet.watch people’s lives change as they saygoodbye to dairy and the health problemsthat come along with it.“It is astounding how many of thehealth problems that are plaguing ourworld are absolutely preventable,”Thurmon said. “We are sharing informationthat the world is literally dyingto hear.”Thurmon thanks Southern for themany ministry connections he acquiredin college and believes that withoutthose partnerships, his work wouldnot be moving forward as rapidly asit is today.Learn more about these effortsby visiting beehivevision.com,thedanielchallenge.com, andwayfarefoods.com.Thurmon’s health seminars are attended by people all over the countryand have a real impact on the way they view a healthy lifestyle.24 Columns


Linda Sines, Creative WorshipNursing, ’83In 2003, Linda (Woolsey) Sinesstepped out in faith to launch a nondenominationalcreative worship groupcalled Red, a name dually based on thecolor of the walls where they met andthe color of Jesus’ blood. Red’s Saturdayworship gatherings always involvedreading the Bible, making group art,and sharing about God’s working intheir lives. There was plenty of interaction,but nothing about their meetingswas formulaic or set in stone. Theybelieved that by leaving their formatflexible, they were leaving it open tothe leading of the Holy Spirit.As the group grew, they began toneed a larger space in which to meetand in 2009 began home-hunting onthe south side of Chattanooga. Recentlythey were both excited and perplexedwhen they found a building on MainStreet in the heart of the community. Ifthey leased this location, it would meanthat they would need to use the buildingas something more than a worshipcenter once a week; it would need tooperate as some sort of business thatwould be open all of the time.After much brainstorming, theycame up with a name, Planet Altered,and a mission: to connect artists withconsumers who understand the value ofcreativity by hosting a local art galleryand special events venue. PlanetAltered also sells artwork from ThirdWorld countries at fair trade prices,meaning artists earn enough to takecare of their families properly.“We wanted to encourage people tothink globally about people outside oftheir neighborhood to make our worlda better place aesthetically, socially andspiritually,” Sines said.The Planet Altered workshop has become a haven for creative, God-seeking people in the downtown Chattanooga area.Along those same lines, PlanetAltered donates money to a groupcalled Charity Water (builds wells inThird World countries), AdventistDevelopment and Relief Agency, NothingBut Nets (provides mosquito netsto help prevent malaria in Africa), andmany other worthy agencies.Sines said that these efforts are adirect result of one of the biggest lessonsshe learned in her time at Southern—how to be a compassionate person.“The teachers there cared very muchabout their students and always hadtime for them,” Sines said. “For themit was not a job, but a mentorship. Itcemented in my mind the importanceof showing God’s love in real time.”Learn more about Planet Altered byvisiting planetaltered.com.The space is filled with fun, funky,and inspirational artwork.Spring 2012 25


Alexandrea Wilson, Family OutreachFamily Studies, ’10Some might think age 24 is too youngto start a business, but AlexandreaWilson couldn’t wait any longer to helpother families in her community reachtheir full potential. Family had alwaysbeen an integral part of her life, andWilson felt a calling to start The Mt.Ephraim Center.“I never could have grown into whoI am today without my family’s support,but not everyone has that privilege,”she said. “To make society better, youhave to start in the home.”Wilson said the goal of her businessis to teach families how to leadGod-centered lives in their marriages,parenting, education, work environments,dating relationships, friendships,and daily decisions. The Mt. EphraimCenter offers seminars on topics includingbudgeting, resumé writing, conflictresolution, time management, sexualpurity, and avoiding abusive personalrelationships.Wilson believes that the Bible haspractical solutions for our daily struggles.One way she shares that messagewith people is through her radio show,which is broadcast every Thursday nightat 6 p.m. on blogtalkradio.com. Oneseries she did was on facing depressionand learning to combat negative thinkingwith positive truths from the Bible.In that series, she challenged listenersto work on “demolishing argumentsand every pretension that sets itself upagainst the knowledge of God, takingcaptive every thought to make it obedientto Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5).She received a lot of feedback fromlisteners who thanked her for her adviceand told her how it had made a differencein their lives.Wilson said she cannot thankSouthern enough for the preparationshe received, including learning how todo proper research, create seminars, andbe more comfortable with public speak-ing. At the time they just seemed likeassignments, but now they are a part ofher day-to-day professional life.“Most importantly, it reinforcedwhat I’d spent my whole life learningwith my family at home: how to be aChristian in a non-Christian world,”said Wilson. “Really, that’s the essenceof what the The Mt. Ephraim Center istrying to teach as well. What could bemore important than that?”Learn more about The Mt. EphraimCenter by visiting Alexandrea online atthemtephraimcenter.org.Wilson’s lean budget means she likes to take advantage of the free Wi-Fi and studious environment at local bookstores, where she often doesher work during the week.26 Columns


Jennifer LaMountain, Music MinistryMusic Education, ’90Jennifer (Eaton) LaMountain’s earliestmemories were of wanting to be onstagesinging in church with her sisters.They finally let her join them in specialmusic at age three, and she was hookedfor life. Right out of college, LaMountainwent to work as a music teacher,but in her free time she was always willingto sing for anyone who asked. Specialmusic performances were the normfor her until Mark Finley asked her tosing for Net ’95, a worldwide satellitemeeting that gave her vast exposure.“The world saw me and thought Iknew how to do concerts,” she laughed.It was then that the performancerequests really began rolling in. Whenshe and her husband moved to Florida,she didn’t have a teaching job lined up.“I said I would just do concerts fora few months and see what happened,”she said.That was 15 years ago, and theconcerts haven’t stopped. Since then,LaMountain has heard many encouragingstories about how her ministry haschanged lives. There was a little boynamed Travis who was in the hospitaldying of leukemia. When the pain wasthe worst, he would play LaMountain’s“No More Night,” a song about thehope of heaven, over and over again.LaMountain has been sharing her talent for praise and worship sinceearly childhood.Not only did it provide him with peace,but one night while overhearing thatsong in the hallway, a pediatric nurseknelt down in the hallway and gave herheart to the Lord.The singer also recalls the story of agirl who had been preparing to end herlife when suddenly she heard someonein the house. She looked around anddiscovered that the CD player hadturned on by itself and was playing “IAm Determined,” one of LaMountain’ssongs. A key phrase from the song is “Iam determined to live for the King.”When she heard those words, the girldecided to give life another chance.But it’s not just her listeners’ heartsthat have been moved. On a trip to Indonesiain 1997, LaMountain was devastatedby the circumstances of manychildren she met. She returned with adesire to make a difference in their livesand began to work with World Vision,a humanitarian organization assistingchildren, families, and communities allacross the world in cases of poverty andinjustice.“Some of the things I saw andexperienced there changed my heart,”LaMountain said. “I realized that whenI gave concerts, not only did I want toshare Christ and enhance my listeners’personal spiritual journeys, but I alsowanted to give them an opportunityto be moved to do something forsomebody else.”Since then, LaMountain has usedher concerts as a venue to encouragepeople to help feed hungry children viaWorld Vision. Through her efforts, herlisteners’ generosity, and the working ofthe Holy Spirit, thousands of childrenhave been fed.LaMountain said that professors atLaMountain’s association with World Vision has taken her all over the world,creating awareness of the devastating effects of child hunger.Southern both deepened her disciplineand passion for her music and helpedher prioritize what was truly important.“My teachers were godly people whohad a commitment to a purpose thatwas greater than themselves,” she said.“That was the most important lessonanyone could have taught me.”To learn more, visit wvartists.org/jennifer-lamountain.Team EffortAs varied as these ministries mayappear, like a good sports team, eachplayer brings a different skill to thetask at hand and works with others towin the game. Of course, this fight hasmuch higher stakes than an athleticchampionship. Rather than team ringsor trophies, these alumni are fighting forthe salvation of those whose lives theytouch. Through the earnest efforts mentionedhere and the generous financialsupport of those called to work in othersectors, we can all continue pressingtoward the true prize. nSpring 2012 27


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By Mia Lindsey, senior public relations majorStudents of other faiths who attend Southern often discoverthey have more similarities than differences when comparedwith traditional Adventist students here. That is, until the firsttime haystacks are served in the Dining Hall.Hannah sat in Southern’s Dining Hall surrounded by some of her friendswhen she casually commented on the food.“This is so yummy. I’ve never had haystacks before!”Almost immediately, all her friends stopped eating and turned to look at Hannah,each wearing a puzzled expression.“How long have you been an Adventist, Hannah?” one of them asked.“I’m not,” she quietly replied.As a Baptist attending Southern, Hannah Ballard has had a handfulof encounters like this. At first the sophomore general musicmajor tried to hide her religious affiliation, thinking thatbecause she was in the minority she would be judged.Hannah has since learned, however, that she istreated the same whether or not people knowshe is Baptist.Spring 2012 29


Hannah (in white) pauses for a moment of prayer at the end of a religion class.Getting to SouthernHannah grew up in the small townof Inverness, Florida, with her parentsand three older brothers. Beforeattending Southern, Hannah washome-schooled her entire life and onlybecame aware of Seventh-day Adventiststhree years ago when she beganattending Friday night Bible studieswith some of her mother’s friends, theMilliron family. Cherie Lynn Milliron,a sophomore theology and archaeologymajor, often led out in additional youthBible studies on Saturday evenings atthe beach, and the two young girls soonbecame close friends.When the time came for Hannah tolook for a college, Cherie Lynn suggestedSouthern, the school CherieLynn was planning to attend. Hannahnarrowed her choices to three schools.She visited Southern and decided to goafter having a great experience duringher campus visit.“They were so friendly,” she said. “Icouldn’t get over it!”Once at Southern, Hannah hadlittle trouble fitting in. Although itwas very different from being homeschooled—shewas around people herown age and had structured class timesand assignments—everything seemedvery familiar. As for the religious differences,the topic rarely came up in conversationswith classmates and teachers.On the weekends, Hannah spendsthe majority of her time at church. Sheattends Friday night vespers and Sabbathmorning worship at the CollegedaleChurch of Seventh-day Adventists,while Sunday mornings and eveningsfind Hannah at Calvary IndependentBaptist Church in Hixson, Tennessee.That’s a lot for a busy college student tosqueeze in, but Hannah doesn’t mind.“I feel very religious,” she joked.Learning About AdventistsHannah enjoys learning more aboutthe Adventist faith in herclasses and at church.“It’s kind of cool tosee everything explained,” she said. “Itmakes me question my beliefs a bit—but that’s a good thing.”She has discovered many similaritiesbetween Baptist and Adventist beliefs.The two denominations share an understandingof the Trinity and baptism byimmersion, for example. Adventists andBaptists also both recognize that peoplecan be saved only through Jesus Christ,and not by works.As for the differences between thetwo denominations, some conceptsare easier to accept than others. Forexample, Hannah does believe thatSaturday is the true Sabbath.“I don’t think it ever changed,” shesaid. “That’s something I agree withAdventists on.”After hearing differing views fromSouthern and from her church, Hannahknows that she has the final say indeciding what to believe.“Sometimes I’m not really sure whatto think,” she said. “I just need to figureit out for myself. It’s good hearing bothsides before making these decisions.”Keeping an Open MindWhen members of her church findout that she attends Southern, theyare very curious to know what Hannahis being taught. She said they askquestions such as, “Are they a cult?” or“Why do they do such crazy things?”Hannah has no problem sharing thenew insights she’s learned about theAdventist faith.“I describe Adventists as Christiansand that we have similarfundamental beliefs,” she said.30 Columns


This approach to tolerating others’faith is respected by her friends.“She knows we all serve the sameGod despite our different faiths,” saidCherie Lynn. “She is very open-minded.”That flexible attitude extends beyondthe chapel and the classroom. Iteven includes the Dining Hall, wherethese delicious taco salads with a funnyname continue to amaze her.“I haven’t told anyone about haystacks,but I probably should,” Hannahsaid with a laugh. “I bet my family andCalvary Baptist Church friends wouldlike them a lot.” nMiraculous JourneyNanette McDonald Coggin’s transformation from1920s wild child to scholarship fund sponsorBy Raquel Levy, junior mass communication majorWhen Nanette McDonald walked onto the campusof Southern Junior College in 1924, shehad never heard of Seventh-day Adventists. Littledid she know that this faith—this school—wouldchange her life forever. Nanette was a witty, flamboyant14-year-old from Chattanooga who grew up withNanette’s photo from the 1926 editionof Southern’s yearbook.three brothers and three male cousins. Out of fear that she was becoming a little“wild,” her parents planned to send her off to school but had no idea where.One hot summer’s day, Nanette walked down to the local grocery store andjumped up on an ice chest to cool down. She began to tell the store ownerabout her parents’ plan. A woman standing nearby overheard the conversationand handed Nanette a piece of paper saying, “Tell your parents to try this.” Thepaper read: “Dr. Lynn Wood, Southern Junior College.”Her parents sent for the Southern Junior College catalog. Upon receivingit they looked at the price and what items to bring, but nothing else. So on aFriday afternoon, Nanette arrived at Southern Junior College with anticipation inher heart and cigarettes in her pocket. That evening the Sundown Bellsbegan ringing, and Nanette began a year of what her daughter calls“full-blown culture shock.”The food was different, the dress code was different, and the ruleswere very different. So different, in fact, that Nanette spent most of herfirst year on restriction—unable to attend school events.When Nanette traveled home for break, she told her parents about the school’sSeventh-day Adventist orientation, to which they responded, “You can stay there,but don’t get too involved with those people.” However, by the end of her firstyear, it was easy to see how much Nanette was changing. Her father said if shewent back a second year, he wouldn’t pay a penny. But she did go back, paidher own tuition through student jobs, and was baptized. She even fell in love,marrying Charles Coggin, her college sweetheart.When speaking about her time at Southern Junior College, Nanette often said,“I owe everything to that school, I’m so grateful I was sent there.”She was so fond of the school that she wanted other non-Adventists to shareher miraculous journey. In 1992, she established an endowed scholarship thathas assisted non-Adventist female students with tuition for the past 20 years.She hoped those students would experience the same blessings that led her towrite the following words her senior year:“Lead us on, oh alma mater; where we’ll win the truest fame. Help us serve thyhighest purpose, stand victorious in His name.”To contribute to the Nanette McDonald Coggin Scholarship Endowment Fund,call 423.236.2829 or visit southern.edu/Advancement.Story details relayed to writer by Joan Coggin, Nanette’s daughter. Joan is a retired professor from Loma Linda University’s School ofMedicine and a world-renowned heart surgeon. She is also a former member of Southern Adventist University’s Board of Trustees.Spring 2012 31


»mission minuteFinding MyPurpose AmidChaosBy Jessica Weaver, senior public relations majorsat frozen, staring at the computer screen. TearsI filled my eyes as I read the words in the message.The voice at the other end of the phone soundeddistant and unnaturally slow, almost like a dream.“Hello? Hello? Jess, are you okay?”Silence.I wasn’t okay. Inside I was screaming at God;how could He let this happen?A Painful LossThe previous year I served as a student missionaryin Cairo, Egypt, at Nile Union Academy(NUA). I taught English and Bible and was incharge of the music program. But let’s be clear; Ireceived far more than I gave while overseas. Thefriendships and memories made there will foreverchange my life. While sharing sad goodbyes withstudents before my return to the United States, Itook comfort in knowing that the principal andI had secretly arranged for me to return the nextyear and lead out in Week of Prayer.Fast forward 10 months, when two other studentmissionaries and myself were making plansto lead out in Week of Prayer at NUA during ourspring break. But plans were put on hold whennews of Egypt’s revolution reached us. This turnof events left me wondering what message I couldpossibly bring that would bless these students whenthey faced so much uncertainty in their lives.Would they even continue with business as usualat NUA? Pastor Tom, the academy’s principal,contacted me and told me the Week of Prayer wasstill on for May. So we bought our plane ticketsand eagerly anticipated going “home” to see all ofJessica (second row, middle) stands with students from Nile Union Academy.those smiling faces we had grown to love. Or so we thought.The very next day I logged into Facebook and saw a new messagefrom one of the missionaries in Cairo. My entire body froze after onequick read.“Nahid died today.”My first thought was it had to be a sick April Fool’s joke. Nahid, astudent I had become very close to when I was a student missionaryin Egypt, was a senior graduating in two months. She was beautiful,talented, and loved by all. She couldn’t be dead. The message said shewent home for the weekend, ate, laid down for a nap, and never wokeup. As I read the principal’s words I could picture all of my students—myfriends—and I ached for them. His message read:“Telling over 100 teenagers their friend died is hard. Very hard. Istood on the steps outside our chapel observing the diverse expressionsof grief like a battle commander trying to understand the immensity ofthe chaotic situation. I entered into their wailing, confusion, denial,tears, and silence. For the next three hours I was pounded on, sobbed on,run from, and collapsed into.”I had bought my ticket the night before, but now I was left with animmense feeling of unworthiness to speak to these students. What messagecould I bring that would make a difference in the middle of revolution,in the middle of death? Unfortunately, the nerves and uncertaintiesI waded through at that point were only a foretaste of things to come.Another TragedyThe week before our return to NUA, I found myself rocked to thecore yet again. I received an email with the kind of subject line thatmakes you not want to open the message: “Tragic News; Our HeartsAre Breaking (again).” The bus driver had fallen asleep while bringingstudents back to the academy after a school break, injuring many ofthem. Several suffered broken bones, including one student with a handso badly crushed it required amputation. And Mina Helmy, a seniorgraduating in less than a month, was killed.This time, the campus was not just grieving; they were defeated.When Nahid died, there were questions as to why God let it happen.But now some were even thinking God was doing this on purpose.Pastor Tom told me that a lot of the students were debating whetheror not to bother finishing the year; they had given up on God. He said32 Columns


that they needed a spiritual revival andI would be the one to bring the messagethat would jumpstart these young,broken hearts.I was supposed to tell them abouta God of love, a God with a plan. Butin this setting, and under these circumstances,I felt totally unprepared tospeak with any authority about God’sdirections for our lives. The question“why?” was abounding on that campusand, if I’m honest, was abounding in myown heart as well.But I moved forward in faith, andwhen I stepped off the plane into thebustling and beautiful city of Cairo, myfriends and I saw the familiar face ofPastor Tom. He ran over and pulled allthree of us into his arms—inappropriatepublic behavior in the Arab world,but he didn’t care—and started to cry.That’s when I began to see why Godhad sent me.I wasn’t there to supply all the answersto students’ questions or philosophizeabout the theology of life afterdeath. I wasn’t there to bring a powerpackedmessage that would miraculouslyJessica (right, playing guitar) leads out in singing during Week ofPrayer at Nile Union Academy.mend all their aching hearts. I was simplythere to show love. To show themthat someone cared. To show themthat someone would cry with them.God sent me at that exact moment intime so students would know they hadnot been abandoned by Him, or by Hisservants.Gift of PresenceWe still hadn’t told any of thestudents we were coming, and I willnever forget the shocked looks on theirfaces as we walked onto campus thenext day. We saw their downcast eyesturn upward and faces break into smiles,laughter, and finally tears. There wasclapping and jumping; there was hope!God knew all along that we needed tobe there at that exact time—a weekafter the second tragedy. He impressedus to buy our tickets the day beforeNahid died. He knew these aching soulsneeded love at that precise moment.Our voices and songs filled the chapelthat day; so too did God’s healingpresence.The Week of Prayer theme we chosewas “My God Is…” and each speakerfinished the sentence with his or herown answer. I gave the first sermon ofthe week, titled “My God Is AlwaysThere,” and the message proved prophetic.Throughout the rest of theweek we could feel the spirit leadingin powerful ways. Students who werediscouraged and considering not finishingthe year came back to school. Wewere able to help the teachers withtheir classes, pick wheat in the farm,and just be there to cry and laugh withthe students and staff.I know now why God chose to sendnervous, overwhelmed me back toEgypt. I was clearly unprepared to addressthe situation using my own understanding,and that’s how I learned forthe first time what it is like to be usedsolely as a vessel to carry His comfortto a world in need. In my weakness, HeNile Union Academy:Student AssociationMission ProjectNile Union Academy (NUA) hasbeen chosen as Southern AdventistUniversity’s Student Associationmission project for the 2011-2012school year. The university has beenraising money to aid in building amuch-needed student center andcafeteria. There are hundreds ofEgyptian and Sudanese students onwaiting lists to be a part of NUA, butthere is simply not enough room towelcome them in. This project wouldopen up more space so that it couldtake on more students and furtherGod’s work in the Middle East.NUA is the only Adventistacademy in the Middle East and isone of the strongest witnessing toolsavailable to reach many of the youthin Egypt. If you would like to getinvolved with the student centerproject or any other project at NUA,donations are tax-deductible and canbe sent to:General Conference of SDADonation Receipting Center12501 Old Columbia PikeSilver Spring, MD 20904Please write: TED/Nile Union Academy/(your intendedproject—i.e., student center) on the memo line of yourcheck. It is helpful if you email the principal of NUA atprincipal@nuasda.org and let him know how muchyou have sent and how the funds are to be used.made me strong. Through my weakness,He made His children at NUA strongagain, too!God was there in the chaos of revolution,sickness, accidents, and doubts.And whatever troubles lie ahead, thestudents and I now share a confidencethat God will always be with us withoutfail. Always. nSpring 2012 33


»professorinspirationMotivated byDeliberatePrayerfulnessBy Mallory Mixon, junior public relations majorTo understand why Tara Hargrove, journalismassistant professor, is such an inspiration, youwould first have to go back nearly 10 years—wellbefore either myself or Hargrove were on campus.Teachable Moment“He’s dying,” my mother says, choking on eachword as hot tears race down her face.I’m in shock. I can’t move.She can’t possibly be right; my grandpa is waytoo young to die. Astonished, I look at my dad;seeing him cry is almost as painful as the news Ijust received.I was in sixth grade and hardly knew whatdeath meant. I knew what prayer was, but I had noclue how much power it had. That was about tochange.Grandpa went to the hospital on Christmas andhis blood work didn’t look quite right, so the doctordecided to keep him overnight. When he wokeup the next morning, he was in significantly morepain and ended up having a cardiac arrest. Theyrushed him into surgery, and he arrested again inthe operating room. Thankfully, the doctors wereable to help him and he lived.I absolutely believe that my grandfather is alivetoday because of all the prayers lifted up on hisbehalf. I learned that my mom didn’t just pray forher father to live; she prayed for him to be healedand to return to us the same as before. She didn’twant him to come off the respirator as a vegetable;she wanted her father back as normal as he wasbefore—so that was her exact prayer. And now,because of my mother’s advice, I always try to bespecific when I pray.Building Relationships with PrayerComing to Southern has helped me continue to see the power andimportance of prayer in my life. I really appreciate the spiritual atmosphereon campus. This summer I took three classes at my local communitycollege, and it seemed so foreign to not have prayer before class.I take group prayer at school for granted sometimes because I’ve beenin Christian education all of my life. But being in a secular institutionhelped put that into perspective. Communal prayer is a special gift Godgave us—a luxury not to be taken lightly as we approach the end times.I’m a junior and have taken a lot of classes from many differentteachers, but one teacher in particular has really made an impact on myprayer journey—Tara Hargrove. Right away I knew we would get alongbecause of her fun, upbeat attitude. She wears a constant smile, and herstudents know they can always approach her.At the beginning of each class, Hargrove takes out her pocket notebookand writes down our individual prayer requests. She often followsup with students later on to see how things are going. It’s not unusual forteachers at Southern to solicit prayer requests, but only a handful go tothe extent that Hargrove does. And it’s the follow-up, this extra effort,that lets me know she genuinely cares about her students. When I seesomeone invest that much into their students, I pause to take stock ofjust how much God loves me. What a great reminder. I sure didn’t getthat during summer school!Because her prayers meant so much to me, I approached Hargrove tolearn more about her story—how prayer became so important to her.Hargrove is in her third year of teaching at Southern, and she remembersnot praying at all during class when she first started. She taughtat public school before coming here, and it’s taken a while to becomeacclimated to the spiritual freedom our Christian campus affords.Once she started praying in class, it still didn’t feel complete, though.She was concerned the requests wouldn’t be validated if they were forgotten,so she started to write them on the white board. But even thenthe names of sick loved ones and student concerns would still eventuallydisappear. This year she’s writing them all down where they won’t beerased or otherwise soon forgotten.Going to all of this trouble is not just for the benefit of the professor’smemory.“This helps build relationships,” Hargrove told me.And relationships are where the best prayers always begin, aren’tthey? My relationship with my mother and grandpa were cause for myfirst foray into earnest, heartfelt talks with God. And my relationshipwith professor Hargrove—my witnessing and embracing of her genuineconcern for students—will continue to lead me forward as I grow into adeeper, more personal relationship with Him. n34 Columns


»alumni Q&AJeff FrancisM.S.Ed. / Outdoor Education, ’99What brought you to Southern?As a 26-year police veteran, I’ve worked in narcotics, burglary,homicide, the gang unit, and youth services. I came to Southernbecause I could see how much the faculty and staff enjoyed sharingtheir love for the outdoors with others. They were encouragers—theperfect mix of personal appeal and professionalism.How have you put your outdoor education studies to use?I was encouraged during my time at Southern to “think outsidethe box,” and that motivated me to write grants that fundedprojects for at-risk youth. These proposals have brought in morethan $100,000 to some really worthy projects such as the BADGEprogram (Building Attitudes During Group Experiences).You have quite a heart for young people.Yes, I do. Most people who get saved do so before the age of12, and many spiritual leaders can point to when they made a lifechangingdecision at camp or during a group, outdoor activity asa kid. These are really important developmental years. In my workwith the police, I’ve seen what happens when parents and otherrole models ignore young people during this stage of their lives.It sounds like faith and work intertwine for you.Absolutely. One particular example stands out in my mind. Iwas talking to a burglary suspect at her apartment, and I askedif we could pray. We prayed for her family, their crack addiction,and the victims of their resulting crimes. Four years latera woman stopped me and asked if we could talk as I wasleaving the pharmacy. It was this same lady. She went onto share that because of our prayer she finished her jailtime without incident, and accepted Christ as her savior.She is now a counselor helping others get off drugs.We laughed, cried, hugged, and prayed together in themiddle of the store!You’re a full-time police captain, vice president ofa rescue squad, and an adjunct faculty member atSouthern (caving). How do you squeeze it all in?I plan ahead, I don’t particularly care for television,and I’ve learned to say “no.” Ask the Holy Spirit tobring into your life those to whom you should beministering, and it’ll become clearer and clearerhow to prioritize your time. nSpring 2012 35


»spotlightTechnology’sMissionBy Rainey Park, ’10Ask any weekend warrior, and they’ll tell youabout the patience required to work on a house orcar. It usually doesn’t take long for problems thatseem fairly straightforward to turn into a seriesof headaches and bills. But the challenges thatfrustrate many of us are brain-candy for studentsin the Technology Department who are learningpractical, hands-on skills to further their careersand serve around the world.Electric EdgeDue to the increasing number of computerizedcomponents in automobiles, car repair is morechallenging than ever before. According to anarticle in The New York Times, “Even basic vehicleshave at least 30 of these microprocessor-controlleddevices … and some luxury cars have as many as100.” These tiny computers control everythingfrom fuel intake to brakes.Southern’s Technology Department keeps studentson the forefront of this electric edge by trainingthem on the latest equipment. For example,the purchase of a new Cool-Tech air conditioningservice center has enabled students to learn the insand outs of installing and repairing computer-controlledclimate units in both homes and vehicles.Another important acquisition is Verus, a handhelddiagnostic scanner that works on all makesand models of cars. This is particularly useful sincethe Technology Department runs a fully-equipped10-bay auto shop on campus.To give them another career boost, Southernrequires technology majors to take business classesthat teach the skills they need to start their owncompany or move into supervisory roles.Thinking 3-DWhile critical thinking is taught in all schoolsand departments on campus, it takes on a wholenew dimension in the Technology Department—a third dimension, according to Dale Walters,Technology Department chair.The Verus handheld scanner allows Technology Department students to stay on the cutting edge of automotive diagnostics.“Whether you’re gonna weld something, fix a car, or draw up plansfor a house,” Walters said, “you first have to figure out how the systemworks.”Nicole Coto, senior nursing major, recently took a woodworkingclass and said that trying to work through some of these problems “helpsstrengthen your imagination.” Though handling such large tools was alittle intimidating at first, Nicole quickly caught on and has since beenasked to help construct items for her church.Other students, such as senior business major Jarod Manasco, gotpractice while helping build a duplex on campus.“Although I’d done framing and block laying before, I learned moretechnical things—the thinking part, not just the doing—while workingon the duplex,” Jarod said. “It definitely honed my skills.”Fixin’ to ServeCritical thinking skills students learn in the Technology Departmentare indispensible in the mission field. Walters witnesses their impactfirsthand on the annual trip that the Technology Department takes toNicaragua. It’s in these poorer, more remote areas that handymen are inhighest demand.Andrew Lauger, 2011 automotive technology graduate, helpedrebuild a transmission, fix brakes, and do front-end work on missionvehicles during one such recent trip. Working around the absence oftools he would normally have at his disposal forced Andrew to processproblems in a new way and find creative solutions. The long-term missionaries,who rely on the vehicles to transport patients from secludedvillages to the hospital, were extremely grateful.“They said I should come down every year … and bring morefriends,” Andrew said.Since service is such an integral part of the Technology Department,there is discussion about making mission work a requirement for all oftheir majors. Walters believes those taking classes in automotive, drafting,graphics, welding, and woodworking would do well to spend timein other parts of the world, where the skills they’re learning at Southerncould be put to much-needed use. He also feels that the benefits of across-disciplinary effort aren’t reserved just for technology students.“Each of the skills that we are teaching here would be extremelyuseful to students from other majors,” Walters said. “I really wish morepeople who have an interest in missions would take these classes.” nThe Technology Department also plays a meaningful role in the new global policyand service studies major. Read the full article about that degree on page 20.36 Columns


Dear SouthernThis snapshot from the early ’80s shows just how much thingschange, and yet they stay the same. The K.R. Davis Promenaderemains a hub of student activity on campus—the place to see andbe seen. But coming here as an adult, I see it through different eyes.Back then I was looking to engage the crowd. Today I’m a spectatorsearching for perspective, hoping to find a glimpse of God in familiarsurroundings. Straight lines and stately trees funnel my focus duringthe quiet hours when students are in class. I see so far ahead. If onlyall of life was this clear. Southern, thank you for the memoriescreated on the Promenade. For years’ worth of relationships thathave blossomed under your watchful care. Thank you for a spotwhere I still come today, to see and be seen, with Him. —Editor38 Columns


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