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Houston Spring Spanish church congregation with El Centinela magazine, Sept. 16, 2023

During Hispanic Heritage Month, a Seventh-day Adventist Church in Houston Distributes Special El Centinela Magazine Edition to Community

Each September, in recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month in the U.S., the El Centinela team at Pacific Press Publishing Association prepares a special bilingual issue of the magazine for distribution around the North American Division. This year, 450,000 copies were printed and sent to conferences and churches to use in outreach during the month.

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Pacific Union College Climbs U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges List

Pacific Union College was again lauded for its excellence in higher education, ranking high among the region’s top institutions in the U.S. News & World Report 2023-24 Best College list released today. U.S. News & World Report heralded PUC as the No. 2 Best Value School among colleges in the larger Western region, a jump from No. 6 last year. In California alone, PUC is first.

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La Sierra University President Resigns

Effective Sunday, September 17, 2023, Joy Fehr, La Sierra University president, resigned her duties as president of the university following discussions last week with the Board of Trustees.

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Robert Burrow Elected to the Historic Role of NAD General Counsel

The North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists (NAD) is pleased to welcome Robert (Bob) Burrow in the new role of NAD General Counsel. On June 27, 2023, the NAD executive committee elected Burrow to serve in this capacity; he officially began in August.

Martha Munoz, third grade teacher at Greater Miami Academy

Filling in the Gap: An Adventist Teacher Dedicates Efforts Toward Special Needs

Students who have difficulty in school are no longer written off as “problem students” but rather, they are often diagnosed with ADHD or Dyslexia. Through evaluation, students are finally given the tools to encourage comprehension and regulation, prompting a more efficient education. This approach is desperately needed in our schools, and teachers such as Martha Muñoz have risen to the challenge. 

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Adventist Information Ministry's New Suicide Prevention Course a Lifeline for Callers

When Mari Bowerman began working at Adventist Information Ministry (AIM) as operations supervisor a year ago, she noticed they were receiving “quite a bit of calls” from people struggling with depression. Recently, AIM director Brent Hardinge took a critical step toward meeting interests’ wholistic needs by appointing Marshall McKenzie as assistant director for pastoral care. Keying in on the mental health aspect, Bowerman sought out training so AIM staff could better respond to callers exhibiting signs of depression and high risk of suicide.

Adventist Pioneer Phebe Marietta Lamson

Hidden Figures: Stories of Adventist Women

This past year saw the creation of a new Pathfinder honor. My own daughter, along with two of her friends, were the initial catalyst to beta-test and help develop the requirements. As we did so, it became an opportunity to look at little-known or even unknown stories of early Adventist women.

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Navigating Change and Embracing Mission at NAD Educators’ Convention Seminars

“We have to always be open [to] re-educating ourselves, reconfiguring and rethinking.” During the North American Division’s 2023 Educators’ Convention, held August 7-10 in Phoenix, Arizona, a participant in a seminar on the 21st-century challenges impacting educators highlighted continuous learning as the key to staying relevant amid technological advances, shifting societal and economic norms, and other changes. With 300 seminars spread across six breakout sessions, the convention underscored that the best educators are lifelong learners.

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Sonscreen Film "Those Were the Good Days" Wins Award, Receives Accolades at Several Festivals

The Sonscreen Film Festival original short “Those Were the Good Days” has received the “Best Short Film North America” award at the Kids International Family Film Festival. The six-minute film, which was produced in collaboration with Pacific Union College, has also been named as an official selection of the upcoming Topaz Film Festival, by the Women in Film Dallas Scholastic Grant Fund, and was honored as an Atticus Award Finalist at the California-based Daddying Film Festival & Forum earlier this year.

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Against All Odds

Attendees of Ophelia Barizo’s STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) seminars at the recent NAD educators’ convention would never have guessed that she had been hospitalized just days prior. The smiling woman in front of them, a passionate STEM education consultant, showed no trace of illness.