Southern Adventist University Breaks Ground for Wellness Center

outhern Adventist University in Collegedale held an official groundbreaking ceremony on February 20 for a new state-of-the-art wellness center. Phase 1 of the project begins in March with the wellness center’s gymnasium. The second phase will include construction of a therapy pool, a fitness laboratory (housing diagnostic and testing equipment), fitness and weight facilities, a childcare room, classrooms (including a cooking classroom), a library, offices, and a conference room. The completed wellness center will add more than 46,000 square feet to the current Iles Physical Education Center, more than doubling its size.

“As we encourage the balanced, healthy development of the whole person, it is our desire that each and every student will understand, believe, and put into practice a lifestyle that will serve them well, both here and for eternity,” said Phil Garver, dean of the School of Physical Education, Health, and Wellness.

The anticipated completion of both phases is Fall 2007, at a total estimated cost of $6.5 million.
--Southern Adventist University Marketing and University Relations/AR.

New Associate Joins GC Women’s Ministries Department
Raquel Queiroz da Costa Arrais is the new associate director of Women’s Ministries at the General Conference. She comes from the South American Division, where she served as Children’s Ministries director (2004-2005) and Women’s Ministries and Shepherdess associate director (2000-2003). Her husband, Jonas Arrais, is an associate secretary of the General Conference Ministerial Department. The couple has two grown sons.                                                                                                                    --AR.

Adventist Health System Names New President/CEO
Donald L. Jernigan, Ph.D., was elected by the Board of Directors of Adventist Health System on February 23 to serve as the organization's new president and CEO. He replaces Thomas L. Werner, who has retired. Jernigan previously served as executive vice president of Adventist Health System and chief executive officer of Florida Hospital and the Florida Division.

"Don is a long-standing leader with significant accomplishments," said Walter Wright, board chair. "The Board and I have complete confidence that he will successfully lead Adventist Health System toward future growth and success with a strong commitment to mission."

Jernigan assumed his new responsibilities on March 1.
                                                                                       --Adventist Health System Communication Department/AR.

New Notes
Dean Coridan, Lay Evangelism coordinator of the Iowa-Missouri Conference and senior pastor of the St. Louis Central Church, has been elected president of that conference. He replaces Walter E. Brown, who has retired.

Ralph S. Watts III, senior pastor of the Lodi Fairmont Church in California, is the new president of the Hawaii Conference. He replaces Arnold Trujillo, who is now vice president of the Pacific Union Conference.

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