Southern Adventist University SIFE Team
Wins Regional Competition
he Southern Adventist University SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise) Team won the Atlanta SIFE U.S.A. Regional Competition on April 5, 2007. Securing this championship means the team is expected to participate in the National Competition in Dallas, Texas, May 6-8.
|REGIONAL WINNERS: Members of Southern Adventist University's SIFE team. [Photo: SAU]
During this academic year, the Collegedale, Tennessee-based Southern Adventist University SIFE team organized 14 projects in the greater Chattanooga community. Among the projects were an entrepreneurial endeavor where students used eBay to assist the Samaritan Center (the only social service agency serving eastern Hamilton County) raise money from donated items. In an outreach effort students gave financial literacy presentations at a Spanish church in Fort Payne, Alabama, with the help of English-to-Spanish translation provided by SIFE members. In total, 21 SIFE students worked for 388 hours and impacted at least 797 people.
SIFE is an international nonprofit organization active on more than 1,400 university campuses in 48 countries. SIFE teams create economic opportunities in their communities by organizing outreach projects that teach market economics, entrepreneurship, personal financial success skills, and business ethics. Their projects are judged at competition on creativity, innovation, and effectiveness.
Southern’s SIFE team is a function of the university’s School of Business and Management, which is accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).
Adventist Health Appoints New President and CEO
Robert G. Carmen
, executive vice president and COO of Adventist Health, was appointed president-elect April 5 by the organization’s board of directors. He succeeds Donald R. Ammon, who last month announced his intent to retire. Carmen will assume his new responsibilities October 1, 2007.
“The board found in Bob the proven leadership and management expertise as well as a candidate with a history of service to Adventist Health,” said Thomas J. Mostert, Jr., board chair for Adventist Health. Mostert was referring to Carmen’s lengthy tenure, which dates to 1971.
Carmen has served in his present position since 1999.
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—Adventist Health Corporate Communication/AR
GC Office of Adventist Mission Gains Study Centers Director
The General Conference Office of Adventist Mission, at the world headquarters of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, recently appointed Ganoune Diop
as director of the Global Mission Study Centers. These study centers were established to build bridges of understanding and foster better relationships with major world religions such as Judaism, Hinduism, Islam, as well as Postmodernism. Diop is expected to start his new responsibilities some time this summer. In his new role, Diop will serve as a liaison between the study centers and the 13 world regions of the Adventist church. He will help the study centers meet the needs and expectations of church leaders and work with the centers to help church members better understand and relate to people from different religious backgrounds. Diop is currently a professor of theology, biblical languages, and exegesis at Oakwood College, an Adventist institution of higher learning in Huntsville, Alabama, United States.
He also serves as an associate pastor at the Oakwood College Church.
--Laurie Falvo/Office of Adventist Mission/ANN
Maranatha Announces Weekly Television Program
Maranatha Volunteers International will air a new weekly television program beginning this May on Hope Channel. Maranatha Mission Stories “goes in-depth to bring the people and projects of volunteering to life,” according to its producers. The show airs at 8 p.m. Eastern time on the Sabbath, or Saturday.
“Maranatha is about building people, and the show portrays that by bringing the audience along to Mozambique, Ecuador, India and many other places around the globe where volunteers are working to better the lives of thousands,” says Kyle Fiess, Maranatha vice president for marketing and projects.
Maranatha Mission Stories, which has aired for two years as a monthly 30-minute segment, will now deliver new stories each week. Host Dick Duerksen, a veteran Adventist communicator, takes the viewer on a weekly journey to discover what it means to help those in need.
Maranatha Volunteers International is a non-profit Christian organization that constructs urgently needed churches and schools across the world.
--Maranatha Volunteers International/AR