Judy Miles, retired adjunct business professor at Southwestern Adventist University, runs a campus food pantry for students who need extra groceries in order to get by. “No student should go to school hungry,” says Miles. “Students should not sit in class with their stomach growling." Many faculty and staff members contribute financially through monthly payroll deductions, as well as volunteering their time and donating pantry items.
A new resource from Adventist Information Ministry (AIM) – the evangelistic contact center of the North American Division – and Adventist Learning Community (ALC), provides an opportunity for those longing for fellowship and Bible study as many churches continue operating virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic. “A Picture of God” offers 16 free, online, easy-to-navigate lessons that build on each other to reveal God’s character to seekers.
AdventHealth in Florida recently donated 150,000 face masks to ACS for use in food pantries and other areas serving communities in need. These masks which are from AdventHealth’s donation-eligible stockpiles were distributed to the Florida, Texas, and Greater New York conferences.
She was strong, committed, and determined to live for and be like Jesus. She read and studied her Bible daily. She cared for others—fed, clothed, nursed, housed, visited, taught about Jesus, and sang/prayed for and with others. Her purpose in life and her greatest joy, she often said, was to tell everyone about Jesus Christ. She was my "G" — and we called her a prayer warrior.
Adventist Community Services’ Expanded Partnership in New York City Means More Help For the Food Insecure
The Adventist Community Services’ relationship with City Harvest expired on Jan. 31, 2021, but the work is continuing at another level. “We are now connected with FEMA* through our City Harvest partnership,” said W. Derrick Lea, ACS Disaster Response director for the North American Division. City Harvest chose ACS because of its ability to disperse the goods they’ve received each Monday for the past nine months.
Adventist Health Announces the Acquisition of Vallejo Behavioral Health Services by Acadia Healthcare
To strengthen behavioral health services in Solano County, Adventist Health Vallejo, which has served as the county’s behavioral treatment center of choice for nearly 25 years, announced, on Feb, 9, 2021, that it has signed a definitive agreement to sell the hospital and its behavioral health services to Acadia Healthcare, a leading provider of behavioral healthcare in the U.S.
Southwestern Adventist University is pleased to announce the appointment of Tony Reyes, CFRE, as its new vice president for advancement. Reyes will oversee the SWAU Office of University Advancement, which includes alumni relations, development and marketing and public relations. He joined SWAU on Jan. 18, 2021.
La Sierra University’s leadership recently announced to students and employees its plans to re-open the campus for fall quarter 2021-22 while keeping operations online through the end of the current school year.
AdventHealth University has added a new Master of Science in Spiritual Care degree to its online department in collaboration with AdventHealth, a national, faith-based health system. This is the first theological degree from the university. The mission-focused curriculum will prepare graduates to address spiritual needs in the delivery of whole-person care.
Dr. Steven Smith, vice president and chief scientific officer of AdventHealth, and principal investigator of the Janssen Pharmaceuticals COVID-19 vaccine clinic trial, recently shared his expertise and insight on vaccine development with Mylon Medley, assistant director of NAD Communication. Smith says, “You couldn't design a vaccine that looked any better than these first two vaccines [Pfizer and Moderna] that are out of the gate.”