News reports from Southwestern Adventist University, La Sierra University, Loma Linda University Health, Australia and Newbold College:

From the North American Division (NAD): Southwestern Adventist University (SWAU) has been selected as a recipient for a $90,000 Nursing Innovation Grant Program (NIGP) award under the 2020-2022 RFA (Request for Applications) entitled “Supporting Clinical Learning Experiences to Mitigate Impediments due to COVID-19.” Funding from this grant, provided by the academic quality and workforce division of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, will allow SWAU’s department of nursing to purchase additional simulation equipment and expand their clinical learning program on campus.

La Sierra University announced its upcoming Archaeology Discovery Weekend on Saturday, November 14, from 3:00-6:00 pm will focus on excavation projects in Jordan as well as ancient coins and the latest technology in the school’s Center for Near Eastern Archaeology. The online event is free for everyone. Sign up for a Zoom link here:

From Loma Linda University Health: A new sculpture honoring 115 years of nursing education at Loma Linda University School of Nursing was unveiled in front of West Hall during a livestream dedication ceremony on November 5.

The “Be His Light” sculpture, set in the 1950s, depicts the eloquent blend of a nurse’s faith and clinical practice to provide compassion, hope and the promise of wholeness.

Loma Linda University Health President, Richard H. Hart, MD, DrPH, said the School of Nursing is the oldest at Loma Linda University — enrolling students just a few short months after the purchase of the Loma Linda property, in 1905.

“More than 10,000 graduates are fulfilling significant roles in hospitals and clinics all over the world,” Hart said at the ceremony. “It is nurses who set the culture of the hospital — they determine the heartbeat of each institution.”

From Adventist Record/Colin Richardson:

A new website offering transposed hymns has been launched to aid musicians who play instruments of different pitches, particularly in small ensembles.

Hymns from the Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal that are in the public domain, or that have permission from specific composers, can be easily accessed and downloaded for free as PDF sheet music, and printed as needed.

In cases where hymns are in the public domain, but where the hymnal arrangement is under copyright, other older (public domain) arrangements have been sourced.

The project was brought to life by Merian Richardson from Orange Seventh-day Adventist Church (New South Wales), who put in years of time and effort to make it a reality.

“I have been working on this project for eight years, since the 2012 SNSW Conference Big Camp at Jindabyne where myself and others in our music group found it tiresome having to transpose hymns for instruments such as trumpets, clarinets and saxophones when accompanying camp hymn singing,” she said.

Scrupulous care has been taken throughout this project, in consultation with David Petrie (Greater Sydney Conference) and Valmai Hill (Institute of Worship) to ensure copyright has not been breached.

The transposed music is aimed at instruments which play in B-flat, C, E-flat, and F. There is also music for instruments which play from the bass clef.

This is good news for wind, string and brass instruments in church ensembles, who can take advantage of the three-part harmony arrangements when accompanying hymn singing.

The website can be accessed at

From the Berkshire, England-based Newbold College Facebook page:

If anything can top our students’ amazing work ethic as they learn online, it has to be their makeshift desk spaces. This. Is. Brilliant. 👏🤣

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