News reports from Oakwood University, Andrews University, La Sierra University and Pacfic Union College:

From APD – Dr. Leslie Pollard, president of Oakwood University, made a presentation to the United Nations (UN) inaugural International Summit of Colleges, Universities, and National Government Ministers of Education on Monday, September 23. He was invited by the United Nations Development Program to represent the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in the United States. The purpose of the summit was to create partnerships between institutions committed to “advancing quality education for all persons of African descent.” He told the UN group about the Consortium of African Adventist Universities and Partners (CAAUP), which has 16 member institutions. Oakwood University founded this organization in 2012.

Andrews University has held a ribbon cutting for the Andreasen Center for Wellness. The center is named after President Emeritus Niels-Erik Andreasen. It features indoor and outdoor fitness suites, an aqua fitness suite and a healing oasis complete with an indoor hot whirlpool, dry sauna, steambath, infrared lighting cove, sunroom treatment and outdoor healing gardens.

According to a Facebook post from the university, the ribbon cutting ceremony featured music from the university’s Cardinal Number and included remarks from the campus and community, included addresses by President Andrea Luxton; Dominique Gummelt, executive director of the Andreasen Center for Wellness; David Faehner, vice president for University Advancement; Paul Stokstad, co-chair of the Andrews University President’s Council; Judith Fisher, director of the university’s Counseling & Testing Center; and others. Those present then got a tour of the facilities that will open October 6.

La Sierra University announced on Facebook that a memorial service for Willie Neal will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 11 a.m., at the La Sierra University Church. According to the notice, Neal, often known as “Coach,” passed away earlier this month. He was known for warm mentorship and support of students as well as a keen sense of humor. Neal started at La Sierra in the Athletics department in 2000 and then joined Enrollment Services, where he worked as a recruiter until his retirement earlier this year.

Pacific Union College (PUC) was recently ranked by Washington Monthly in the 2019 top ten for Best Colleges for adult learners in the 2-year degree category. Washington Monthly rates schools based on what they do for the country, and PUC ranked #7. The school is one of only two colleges in California to rank in the top ten.

Also, U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges 2020 rankings, named PUC as:

#10 in Regional Colleges West
#7 in Best Colleges for Veterans
#4 in Best Value Schools
#14 in Top Performers on Social Mobility

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