We are excited to welcome Brandon O’Neal as our new principal at Portland Adventist Elementary School (PAES). He is joining our school family for the 2017–2018 school year all the way from Texas. Here is what he shared with us recently:
Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs are some of the most popular areas of study at Walla Walla University (WWU). Many students use these programs to form a strong foundation in STEM fields before moving on to medical school, dental school or other postgraduate programs. One way WWU prepares these students for future study in science-related careers is through Journal Club, a course in which students read a science research paper each week and then meet to discuss the paper in an informal format.
Bryan Clay (Kirkland, Wash.) is the former president and owner of a long-term care company. He is chair of the finance committee for the Kirkland Church and serves on the Washington Conference board of education, the North Pacific Union Conference (NPUC) board of education and the North American Division executive committee.
The Walla Walla University senior class of 2017 has elected officers for the main campus and the nursing campus in Portland, Ore.
College Place Campus
Carl Cosaert, Walla Walla University professor of biblical studies, was named president of the Adventist Theological Society (ATS) in November 2016 following a two-year term as president-elect. He will serve two years as president.
“What interested me in helping out with ATS is their global outreach to the world church,” says Cosaert. “I’ve traveled for ATS internationally and have seen the blessing this organization has been in helping to educate church leaders as they grow in their understanding of the biblical basis of our Adventist beliefs.”
The Walla Walla University (WWU) aviation program is celebrating 50 years of flight this year.
The Walla Walla University Church is partway through an innovate sermon series in which students can ask the pastor anything. Sermon topics are determined weekly by a student committee, which sources questions from social media with the hashtag #wwuask.
Nobody knows — not even senior pastor Alex Bryan, who is the speaker for the series — what the topic will be until one week before the next sermon.
John McVay became the 23rd president of Walla Walla College in College Place, Wash., in July 2006. With a decade of leadership completed this year, McVay will soon become the third-longest leading president in the history of the university.
Anne Harrison and Melissa Adams, two Walla Walla University Master of Social Work (MSW) students, recently spent a month conducting field practicum work in the northern European country of Estonia. They worked in the city of Tartu, with the Tartu City Government Social Work Department (TCGSWD) on a variety of social service projects. As the first WWU MSW students to complete practicum work in Estonia, Harrison and Adams paved the way for possible future practicum collaboration between the WWU School of Social Work and Tartu.