The leadership of the North American Division (NAD) is condemning recent acts of violence and hate against the Asian-American community. A statement has been released by the NAD president, secretary and treasurer calling for members to unite in support of their Asian brothers and sisters as they face undeserving animosity.
As leaders of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America, we denounce the recent acts of violence and hatred against our brothers and sisters in the Asian-American community. God calls us to love all His children, no matter our differences. Our diversity makes us stronger as a people, and the variety of cultures making up our territory are a direct reflection of His creative power.
Tessa Potts, who graduated from MANS in June 2020, and Eileen Firingstoney, currently a grade 11 student, spent approximately 150 hours with their welding teacher, MANS high school vice-principal Mike Willing, to create the sculpture "Miweyihtowin." Firingstoney and Potts donated a significant part of their earnings to help cover MANS’ COVID-19-related expenses.
On Feb. 24, 2021, Oakwood University and Huntsville Hospital hosted a lease signing event at the Oakwood University Community Health Action Center construction site at Sparkman Drive and Bronco Circle in Huntsville, Alabama.
On Feb. 5, 2021, an event that started from a Southwestern Adventist University student’s passion to serve, took place for the 4th consecutive year with more 200 students supporting dozens of organizations across two Texas counties.
The Montana Conference board of directors has invited Ken Norton to serve as the next conference president. This comes after the departure of Elden Ramirez, who recently took the call to serve as undersecretary for the North American Division. After prayerful consideration, Norton accepted and hopes to begin his duties in May 2021.
When the Shelby County, Tennessee, Health Department placed significant restrictions on area restaurants and other businesses in December 2020 because of the coronavirus, Adventist Reginald Coopwood, M.D., and his family decided to do something to help those impacted. The Coopwoods set up the “Pay It Forward Mid-South” campaign, which ran through Jan. 31, 2021. By the end of the campaign, close to $500,000 had been raised.
This past year, hundreds of students benefited from two key financial aids offered by Andrews: the Student Life COVID-19 Emergency Fund and the President’s Student Scholarship Fund. Together, the two forms of support provided immediate crisis assistance and addressed the long-term financial difficulties stemming from the pandemic.
Widespread testing has long been touted by public health officials as one of the best ways to control the COVID-19 pandemic and save lives. In January, in keeping with this guidance, La Sierra University bolstered its disease detection efforts with the rollout of new, rapid-test equipment. On Jan. 13, 2021, the university’s student wellness services department deployed a rapid point-of-care PCR Cepheid GeneExpert Express molecular testing system.
Like many, NASA scientist R. Aileen Yingst (Andrews Academy alumna) was home watching as the NASA engineers at the Jet Propulsion Lab in California skillfully landed the small car-size rover after its seven-month journey in space. But as a member of the Sherloc instrument team, she’s responsible for helping to analyze photographs of the planet’s geology, looking for any clues in rocks or sand grains that might tell scientists whether Mars could have supported life. So when she heard the words, “Touchdown complete,” it was an emotional culmination of years of hard work.