Adventist Schools Ranked in Top Tiers
by US News & World Report

a Sierra University (LSU), for the third consecutive year, was named the top school in the Campus Diversity: Universities-Master's (West) category in US News & World Report's America's Best Colleges 2006 issue.1

"College-bound students who believe that studying with people of different racial and ethnic backgrounds is important will want to consider student-body diversity when choosing a school," states the report on its methodology of campus diversity. La Sierra University is an Adventist institution located in Riverside, California.                                                                            --La Sierra University Public Relations Department/AR

Southern Adventist University is ranked one of the "Best Comprehensive Colleges-Bachelor's" in the South by the U.S. News & World Report2.

"This is the fifth year Southern ranks in the top tier of comprehensive colleges in the South," said Vinita Sauder, the university's vice president for Marketing and Enrollment Services.

A comprehensive college is one that offers a range of degree programs in professional fields such as business, nursing, and education, with liberal arts degrees accounting for fewer than half of the bachelor's degrees conferred.  Southern Adventist University is located in Collegedale, Tennessee.
                                                                 --Southern Adventist University Marketing and University Relations/AR.

US News & World Report also ranks Walla Walla College (WWC) thirty-seventh out of 65 top tier schools in the category of Best Universities—Master’s3 in the western region of the United States.

“We are very pleased to see Walla Walla College recognized as one of the top universities in the nation,” says the college’s president, Jon Dybdahl. “It is gratifying to include these results as one of the indicators of our success.”

The magazine evaluated the institutions in this category using such criteria as peer assessment, freshmen retention, graduation rates, student/faculty ratios, and alumni giving.

Walla Walla College is located in College Place, Washington                               --WWC Media Relations/AR.


First NAD World Youth Prayer Conference to Be Held in 2007

The Adventist Church in North America will host its first-ever World Youth Prayer Conference February 28-March 4, 2007, in Dallas, Texas. Youth worldwide plan to participate in the event, themed "Just Claim It: Experience the Power of Prayer-Claiming Communities for Christ."

"The purpose of this prayer congress is twofold," said James Black, director of Youth Ministries for North America. "First, it will draw serious attention to the challenges of senior youth by reintroducing them to a love relationship with Christ. Second, it will empower them to reclaim their cities through service to others while bringing a message of hope."

Thousands of youth are expected to attend the 5-day conference, which will include about 120 hours of organized prayer, 15 workshop tracks (225 workshops), a community mission project called "Just Make-Over," speaking opportunities for teens, and a music festival featuring a large choir and orchestra. Invitations to attend the conference have also been sent to world leaders of every nation.

For more information, go to or call (301) 680-6420.

--NAD Communication Department/AR.

CALIFORNIA: PUC Professor Honored for Unique Portrait

Inspired by the life of golf great Arnold Palmer, Pacific Union College professor of communication James Chase embarked on a project that took 14 years to complete. Writing 22,719 minuscule words--up to one tenth of an inch high--he created a facial portrait of Palmer in which every feature was composed entirely of words that were drawn from Palmer's life of achievements, kindness, and generosity. The resulting three-dimensional embossed portrait, which has been recognized as groundbreaking work and received numerous printing awards, and the accompanying book are both titled Gratitude.

--Pacific Union Recorder/AR.

British Columbia Conference Elects New President

Gordon E. Pifher, executive secretary of the Upper Columbia Conference (UCC), has been elected president of the British Columbia Conference (BUC). Pifher, who was born and raised in Paris, Ontario, Canada, has served as UCC secretary since 1996. Previous to that he was the conference's youth director (1985-1994) and then associate pastor of the Walla Walla College Church (1994-1996). He replaces Harry B. Sackett, who has retired after serving as president of BUC for three years.                                                                     --AR.

AWR Elects New VP for Finance 

Dowell Chow, treasurer of the Columbia Union Conference in Maryland, has been voted the new vice president for finance of Adventist World Radio (AWR). He will replace Don Upson, who has accepted the position of treasurer of the Northern Asia-Pacific Division, headquartered in the Republic of Korea. Upson has served AWR since 2000, when he accepted the position of treasurer. He became vice president for finance in 2003.

"Elder Chow has wide experience both inside and outside of North America," says AWR president Ben Schoun. "Born in China but raised in Colombia, South America, he has worked in such places as Venezuela, Puerto Rico, and New Jersey, and has traveled in Africa, Asia, and other parts of the world. He speaks several languages and has been an administrator, in addition to his work in finance. He has a record of making or keeping the organizations he works with financially strong."

For more information about AWR, go to
                                                                                           --Adventist World Radio Communication Department/AR.

TEXAS: SAU Welcomes New President

The Southwestern Adventist University (SWAU) board has elected Eric Anderson as the university's new president. "His background and experience make him the right choice for president of Southwestern Adventist University," says Max Trevino, SWAU board chair and president of  the Southwestern Union Conference.

Anderson has served as chair of the History Department at Pacific Union College (PUC) in Angwin, California, for nearly 30 years. He is replacing Donald Sahly, who is the new president of Home Study International/Griggs University, headquartered in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Southwestern Adventist University is located in Keene, Texas, and has an enrollment of nearly 1,000 students.                                                     --Southwestern Union Conference Communication Department/AR.

South England Conference Appoints New President

The South England Conference (SEC) Executive Committee recently appointed Humphrey Walters as the conference's new president. Walters has served as the SEC executive secretary since 1996, and most recently has been special assistant to the president with responsibilities for strategic development, church growth, and LIFEdevelopment.

Walters replaces Donald McFarlane, who has been conference president for 14 years. McFarlane will now serve as a field secretary of the Trans-European Division.                         --British Union Conference News/AR.

MARYLAND: Notice of Constituency Meeting of AIIAS

This notice is to call the constituency of the Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies (AIIAS) to their regular quinquennial meeting for the purpose of appointing members of the Management Committee and Board of Trustees. The meeting will be held at 9:30 a.m. on October 10, 2005, at the Seventh-day Adventist Headquarters, 12501 Old Columbia Pike, Silver Spring, Maryland.

--Eugene Hsu, chair; Julian Melgosa, secretary.

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