Office of Education: Serving You
by Hamlet Canosa

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Archives 2007
Office of Education: Serving You

 Redlands Adventist Academy - A Monday morning devotional brought to our group 5th & 6th graders from Redlands Adventist Academy.  Here they are introduced by Don Dudley, Superintendent of Southeastern California Conference.  Principal Ben Nicola guided the young people in a recital of the preamble of the U.S. Constitution and a group expression of their appreciation for the history and heritage of our nation.   (Cathedral City, CA; December 3, 2007)

Sabbath Song Service - Dr. Kelly Bock, Director of Education for the Pacific Union leads out in group song-service on Sabbath, Dec. 1.  I am always blessed by the singing talent of the group and when we meeet together on Sabbaths, we customarily begin our experience together with singing hymns.  (Cathedral City, CA; December 1, 2007)

Maluti, Losotho Rites of Passage - For Sabbath School, our focus was on the Nhlengelo Care Initiative in South Africa and the Adventist school and hospital in Maluti, Losotho.  Pictured in the slide are young men dressed in garb that signifies they have just experienced the rite of passage to manhood.  Viewing the slides reminded all of us who went to Maluti in September of this year of the work that needs to be done here in America to strengthen the educational and medical work in Maluti.   (Cathedral City, CA; December 1, 2007)

Dr. Wishey's Sabbath Message - Dr. Randal Wisbey, President of La Sierra University, provided the Sabbath message, focusing our thoughts on the importance of stories.  We were reminded that the story of Christ's work on earth continues even to this day - even as events in our own lives contribute to that story.   (Cathedral City, CA; December 1, 2007)

NADCC Meets in CA - The North American Division Curriculum Committee meets twice annually to discuss and take appropriate action on all matters relating to curriculum development and implementation across k-12 grades.  Our focus this year dealth with science, religion, distance education, spiritual resources, and overall curricula program planning.  (Cathedral City, CA; November 28 2007)

Nature's Beauty - From my window I looked out upon the scenic CA mountain range that each morning and evening led my thoughts to God's incredible creative power.  I was reminded of the text in Psalms - "I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills from whence cometh my help."  We serve an mighty God!  (Cathedral City, CA; November 28, 2007)

 

Chesapeake Education Team - On Wednesday of this past week, I participated in a consultation on educational matters pertinent to the conference's interests and while visiting, I took this photo of the Chesapeake Office of Education team.  From left to right:  Jacqueline Messenger (Associate Superintendent), Dr. Carole Smith (Superintendent), Bessie Morgan (Secretary), and Nancy Thomas (Secretary).  This is a faithful, dedicated team that works diligently to serve its teachers and schools.  (Chesapeake Conference Office; Columbia, MD; Wednesday, November 14)

Heading to NYC for the NCTE Convention - Here is but one of several groups from Columbia Union heading to New York City to attend the National Concil of Teachers of English Convention.  Ian Kelly (far left) and LaVona Gillham (far right in front), co-chairs of the K-12 Curriculum Committee annually attend a secondary teaching discipline convention (this year its English), with the Columbia Union subsidizing English teachers from across our field to offset teachers' convention expenses.  (Columbia Union Office Lobby; Columbia, MD; Thursday, November 15)

Columbia Union Executive Committee Meets - Among many items addressed by the committee was a strong endorsement of the new Columbia Union College president, Dr. Weymouth Spence; review of strategic plans, values, and goals; 2008 budget approval; leadership assessment; communications and ministries reports; and a centennial celebration service noting 100 years of Columbia Union existence.  (Neal Wilson Auditorium; Columbia, MD; Thursday, November 15)

 

J.N. Andrews SDA School Choir Performs - Joining the centennial celebration was the J.N.A. Choir, a group of wonderful young people that favored committee members with an  array of songs just before Elder Weigley's centennial message.  Mrs. Ramos, the choir director, stands just in front of the choir in this photo, with Elder Neville Harcombe to the far left having just introduced the group to the committee.  Mr. David Waller, J.N.A. principal was also in attendance.  (Neal Wilson Auditorium; Columbia, MD; Thursday, November 15)

 

Larry Marsh - Education Representative to the CU ExecComm. -  Elder Larry Marsh, Superintendent of the Potomac Conference, serves on the Executive Committee as the elected education representative for K-12 throughout this quinquennium.  Larry has broad experience in education, having served many years as an academy principal as well as a number of years in Potomac Conference.   (Neal Wilson Auditorium; Columbia, MD; Thursday, November 15)


 David Vixie - Disney Teacher of the Year - David Vixie offered a presentation on creativity in the classroom, blending personal and professional highlights into what he shared with the educational administrators and teachers of the Potomac Conference.  All were in attendance for the Potomac Conference Pastor-Teacher Conference in Williamsburg, VA.  (Marriott Hotel;  Williamsburg, VA; October 7)

Giving A Life to Christ - I was privileged to attend the baptism of a non-Adventist friend, an individual who works with my wife at a local medical practice. We were thrilled to lift her up in prayer as she entered the waters' grave and emerged as one giving her life to Christ. What made the event even more special was that her two daughters were also baptized in the same service. (Mt. Antioch Baptist Church; Baltimore, MD; November 4, 2007)

CUC Summit - Members of local conference executive committees, union executive committee, and the Columbia Union College Board met at the Southern Asian Seventh-day Adventist Church to analyze on-going challenges faced at CUC and to explore possible paths to revitalizing the college program.  Small group break-out sessions allowed for quality input from all summit participants.  CUC faculty and administration were affirmed and strong support for the college was expressed.  (Southern Asian Seventh-day Adventist Church; Silver Spring, MD; November 11, 2007)

CUC Board of Trustees Choose a New President - I was privileged to play a part in the process that led to the election of a new college president for CUC (Dr. Weymouth Spence).  As a member of the Search Committee, assisting in a variety of capacities, I was pleased to see the search process result in selection of the 19th president of the college.  His selection culminates a search process that lasted nearly six months.  (CUC; Silver Spring, MD; November 12, 2007)

Introducing Principal Poole-Gibson - The treasury teams of all organizations in the Columbia Union met jointly with the K-16 Board of Education Members in Neal Wilson Auditorium for a devotional in music provided by members of the Pine Forge Academy Choir.  There choral presentation was nothing short of a heaven-sent blessing for all in attendance.  PFA is the 2007 recipient of the "Academy of Excellence" award issued by the Alumni Awards Foundation.  (Columbia Union Office; Columbia, MD; November 13, 2007) 

40 Young Choristers Praise God - I wish that each of you reading this blog could have experienced the rich blessing brought to us by these fine young people.  The Lord, in His goodness, gave us, as it were, a "touch of heaven" in what we might expect when we hear the heavenly choir sing on that great day.  (Columbia Union Office; Columbia, MD; November 13, 2007)
K-16 Board of Education Meets - With strong attendance and a busy agenda, members of the CUBOE (Columbia Union Board of Education) heard reports of happenings in Adventist and public/private education in the Columbia Union and across the nation, in addition to trend data, re: opening enrollments for k-8, k-10, and 9-12.  In addition, policies were adopted and the 2008 wage scale approved.  (Columbia Union Office; Columbia, MD; November 13, 2007)

 

Asking Questions/Finding Answers - Participants at the Sunday morning trust seminar offered meaningful insights regarding local board dynamics and challenges as well as offering sound questions on governance strategies and dimensions of board leadership.  Among the theories and applications studied were those of Collins; Covey: Kouzes and Posner: Wilkes; and Chait, Holland & Taylor.  (Chesapeake Conference Office; Columbia, MD; October 21, 2007)

Successful Conclusion - The three-hour seminar ended with prayer and this group photo.  As always, I was most appreciative for the invitation to serve my brothers and sisters of Chesapeake, as we partner together to advance the cause of Adventist education.  (Chesapeake Conference Office; Columbia, MD; October 21, 2007) 

UDOEC and College/University Deans Meet - In a specially-called meeting of the union directors and college/university deans of higher education schools of education, issues were explored and analyzed in an attempt to address common issues and challenges faced across the k-20 education spectrum.  The meeting proved to be very productive, particularly in identifying specific strategies the group will mutually employ and in the formation of a new association for college/university deans and heads of education departments.  (Chesapeake Conference Office; Columbia, MD; October 21, 2007) 


 Redlands Adventist Academy - A Monday morning devotional brought to our group 5th & 6th graders from Redlands Adventist Academy.  Here they are introduced by Don Dudley, Superintendent of Southeastern California Conference.  Principal Ben Nicola guided the young people in a recital of the preamble of the U.S. Constitution and a group expression of their appreciation for the history and heritage of our nation.   (Cathedral City, CA; December 3, 2007)

Sabbath Song Service - Dr. Kelly Bock, Director of Education for the Pacific Union leads out in group song-service on Sabbath, Dec. 1.  I am always blessed by the singing talent of the group and when we meeet together on Sabbaths, we customarily begin our experience together with singing hymns.  (Cathedral City, CA; December 1, 2007)

Maluti, Losotho Rites of Passage - For Sabbath School, our focus was on the Nhlengelo Care Initiative in South Africa and the Adventist school and hospital in Maluti, Losotho.  Pictured in the slide are young men dressed in garb that signifies they have just experienced the rite of passage to manhood.  Viewing the slides reminded all of us who went to Maluti in September of this year of the work that needs to be done here in America to strengthen the educational and medical work in Maluti.   (Cathedral City, CA; December 1, 2007)

Dr. Wishey's Sabbath Message - Dr. Randal Wisbey, President of La Sierra University, provided the Sabbath message, focusing our thoughts on the importance of stories.  We were reminded that the story of Christ's work on earth continues even to this day - even as events in our own lives contribute to that story.   (Cathedral City, CA; December 1, 2007)

Nature's Beauty - From my window I looked out upon the scenic CA mountain range that each morning and evening led my thoughts to God's incredible creative power.  I was reminded of the text in Psalms - "I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills from whence cometh my help."  We serve an mighty God!  (Cathedral City, CA; November 28, 2007)

40 Young Choristers Praise God - I wish that each of you reading this blog could have experienced the rich blessing brought to us by these fine young people.  The Lord, in His goodness, gave us, as it were, a "touch of heaven" in what we might expect when we hear the heavenly choir sing on that great day.  (Columbia Union Office; Columbia, MD; November 13, 2007)
K-16 Board of Education Meets - With strong attendance and a busy agenda, members of the CUBOE (Columbia Union Board of Education) heard reports of happenings in Adventist and public/private education in the Columbia Union and across the nation, in addition to trend data, re: opening enrollments for k-8, k-10, and 9-12.  In addition, policies were adopted and the 2008 wage scale approved.  (Columbia Union Office; Columbia, MD; November 13, 2007)

 

Asking Questions/Finding Answers - Participants at the Sunday morning trust seminar offered meaningful insights regarding local board dynamics and challenges as well as offering sound questions on governance strategies and dimensions of board leadership.  Among the theories and applications studied were those of Collins; Covey: Kouzes and Posner: Wilkes; and Chait, Holland & Taylor.  (Chesapeake Conference Office; Columbia, MD; October 21, 2007)

Successful Conclusion - The three-hour seminar ended with prayer and this group photo.  As always, I was most appreciative for the invitation to serve my brothers and sisters of Chesapeake, as we partner together to advance the cause of Adventist education.  (Chesapeake Conference Office; Columbia, MD; October 21, 2007) 

UDOEC and College/University Deans Meet - In a specially-called meeting of the union directors and college/university deans of higher education schools of education, issues were explored and analyzed in an attempt to address common issues and challenges faced across the k-20 education spectrum.  The meeting proved to be very productive, particularly in identifying specific strategies the group will mutually employ and in the formation of a new association for college/university deans and heads of education departments.  (Chesapeake Conference Office; Columbia, MD; October 21, 2007) 


 LaVona Gillham Receives "Award of Excellence" - Ms. Debra Fryson, Elementary Associate of the North American Division Office of Education, presents the second highest award that is offered by the Church to notable educators who are worthy of Division-wide recognition. Ms. Gillham, Columbia Union Associate Director of Education, has made notable contributions over her career in small schools curriculum and programming, reading curriculum, administrative leadership on the elementary and secondary levels as well as conference work in the Southern Union. Ms. Gillham chose to have the presentation made before the Columbia Union School Administrators Council during the group's fall meetings, a choice much appreciated by her CUSAC colleagues. (Neal Wilson Auditorium; Columbia, MD; October 17, 2007)

CognitiveGenesis - First Phase Results for Columbia Union Schools - Dr. Elissa Kido (Project Director) and Dr. Jerome Thayer (Associate Research Director) of the NAD-wide CognitiveGenesis research project, attended the CUSAC meeting of Wednesday, October 17th, to present preliminary research findings, re: general NAD-wide survey results and those specific to the Columbia Union. I am privilegvd to work with the CognitiveGenesis Executive Committee, composed of Dr. Kido, Dr. Robert Cruise (Research Director), and Larry Blackmer (NAD VP/Education). CUSAC members were pleased with what the preliminary findings indicate regarding how CU students compare to national norms in the curricula disciplines across all grade levels. (Neal Wilson Auditorium, Columbia, MD)

 

Collin Parkinson: AWC Superintendent - Pastor Collin Parkinson was recently elected to serve as Superintendent of Schools for Allegheny West Conference. Collin has extensive experience in both pastoral and education ministry and has indicated that though the challenge is considerable, he looks forward to the challenge of expanding education ministries of the conference. (CUSAC; Columbia, MD; October 18, 2007) 

J. Wayne Hancock: NJC Superintendent - Dr. Hancock was just recently voted to serve as Superintendent of Schools for New Jersey Conference. He was elected at the first session of the Executive Committee, beginning a new quinquennial. Dr. Hancock has extensive experience in business, education, and pastoral ministry. He has already assisted one district in his field in opening a new school. (CUSAC; Columbia, MD; October 18, 2007)

David Morgan: PA Superintendent - Dave Morgan is already busily at work meeting with school boards, principals council, and the convening of his first meeting of the Pennsylvania Conference K-12 Board of Education. Dave has experience at the elementary, junior academy, and senior academy levels, most recently having served as the Vice Principal of Blue Mountain Academy. (CUSAC; Columbia, MD; October 18, 2007)


 David Vixie - Disney Teacher of the Year - David Vixie offered a presentation on creativity in the classroom, blending personal and professional highlights into what he shared with the educational administrators and teachers of the Potomac Conference.  All were in attendance for the Potomac Conference Pastor-Teacher Conference in Williamsburg, VA.  (Marriott Hotel;  Williamsburg, VA; October 7)

Larry Caviness:  Pastor/Teacher Partnership - President of the Southern California Conference and friend of Bill Miller, Potomac Confernence President, Elder Caviness challenged pastors and teachers alike to build strong, enduring partnerships to advance the cause of Christian education through synergistic planning.and action.  Elder Caviness also shared a moving personal story of God's love and care through trial and tribulation.  (Marriott Hotel;  Williamsburg, VA; October 7)

 

Dr. Carole Smith - CH Principals Council - Dr. Carole Smith speaks of servant leadership and its role in Adventist educational leadership.  I was privileged to present a seminar on the biblical principles of leadership and the impact they have on relationships, personal and professional.  Principals were active participants, offering many sound questions and insights.  (HVA Church;  Hagerstown, MD; October 9)

 

Elder Cortes - New NY Conference President - Pictured (left to right) are Elder Dave Weigley, Elder LeRoy Finck, and Elder Jose Cortes at the first meeting of the newly elected NJ Executive Committee.  Among the important items addressed at the meeting was the election of a new superintendent, the primary purpose of my attendance.  I was privileged to assist in the process of selection which, when completed, invited Dr. J. Wayne Hancock to serve as superintendent for the new quinquennial.  (NJ Conference Office;  Trenton, NJ; October 11) 

 

Fall K-12 CU Curriculum Committee Meeting - Gathered from all parts of the Columbia Union field, members of the CUCC discuss items that impact the classroom and instructional strategies.  The Columbia Union's Curriculum Committee is the only one in the NAD that is deliberately structured to address K-12 matters seamlessly, integrating strategies across the K-12 spectrum by design.  LaVona Gillham and Ian Kelly co-chair this important committee.  Scott-Foresman's representative, in this picture, is presenting information to the CUCC regarding the educational value of leveled readers.  (Neal Wilson Auditorium, CU Office; Columbia, MD; October 15)


The "New" Highland Academy - Highland Academy (Mountain View Conference), has a new look, having moved into a brand new school building on August 28, 2007. A number of church and local government dignitaries attended the grand opening for this special occasion, for a school that now proudly serves 34 students, with 60% of the enrollment coming from the local community. Note the smiles on the faces of Elders Boggess and Whitsett, and Ms. Cheryl Jacko, principal and associate superintendent. (Photo provided by C. Jacko; Elkins, WV; August 28, 2007)


Ohio Principals Council - I was privileged to present a seminar on board governance to the Ohio large school principals, focusing on principal/board relations and the foundational dynamic of trust. Later in the afternoon, each of the principals presented an overview of their respective school's strategic goals for the 2007-2008 school year. Jay Colburn, Superintendent, and Cindy French, Associate Superintendent, led out in the council meeting. (Conference Office; Mount Vernon, OH; September 26)

New Principal: Jeff Bovee - Jeff is the principal of Spring Valley Academy, formerly principal of Upper Columbia Academy. I spent several hours with Jeff at SVA to provide an orientation to the CU Code, organizational committees, and to discuss preliminary mentoring elements. Jeff is off to a terrific start at Spring Valley and is already much appreciated by faculty, students, and community. (SVA, Centerville, OH; September 27)

 

Student Leaders at SALT - Young student leaders from our senior and junior academies met at Camp Hern in Ohio for the Spiritual Academy Leadership Training (SALT) conference. This year, the conference was held in the western part of the Columbia Union for the first time in well over a decade. Students enjoyed the experience, particularly the obstacle course and training regimen that was tied to their overall training, led out by Pastor LeClair Litchfield, Chaplain at Collegedale Academy. (SALT photos taken by Jennifer Wakefield, Ohio, September 7)

 

Myrna Candelaria: Nominee for Teacher of Excellence - The Columbia Union has nominated Myrna, English instructor at Takoma Academy to be this year's Columbia Union recipient of the Alumni Awards Foundation Excellence in Teaching Award. A gifted and loved teacher serving faithfully at Takoma Academy, Myrna is one of many gifted teaching ambassadors for Christ in our classrooms across the Columbia Union.  

CogntiveGenesis Team - Based at La Sierra University, the CogntiveGenesis research study, which spans the NAD and includes a sample of 35,000 students, has many significant leaders.  Among those driving this major project are Dr. Marilyn Beach (Research Assistant - left), Dr. Bob Cruise (Research Director), and Dr. Elissa Kido (Project Director - right).  Each of these outstanding educators have linked to union directors, superintendents and principals across the United States, Canada, and Bermuda to facilitate this expansive study of Adventist academics.  It is a privilege for me to work with such a dedicated team.  Visit the CogntiveGenesis website at www.cognitivegenesis.org.  You'll like what it has to share!  (Pictures taken at LSU:  School of Education and received September 5, 2007)

 

CogntiveGenesis Student Secretary - Pictured is Noemy Cruz, a very competent, capable student secretary that assists the LSU CognitiveGenesis team in a variety of ways.  The project's success to date can be attributed to the hard work of many.  Noemy's contributions to the project merit this recognition.




I will be participating in a Hope for Humanity project in South Africa for the next two weeks.  When I return, I will be posting photos once again.  In the meantime, visit the photo archives below and enjoy.  Thank you for the privilege and joy of serving this wonderful union family! 


Spencerville Adventist Academy Board of Trustees - In the first meeting of the 2007-2008 school year, Board Chair Scott McClure and Principal Brian Kittleson brought forward an engaging agenda which included an introduction of, and dedicatory prayer for new staff; a school tour to note improvements and acquisitions; building and finance committee reports; and, a review of board performance survey data. (SAA; Spencerville, MD; August 28, 2008)
New Whiteboards - Spencerville purchased six new whiteboards for classrooms and made a variety of improvements to the facilities, including the gymnasium entry area, band room, classrooms, etc. From left to right: Scott McClure (Board Chair); Brian Kittleson (Principal); Scott McClure (Board Chair); Carol Coggshell (Vice Principal); Quentin Sahly (School Treasurer); and Jacqueline Messenger (Associate Superintendent, Chesapeake Conference). The whiteboard in the picture was used for the first time in board presentations by the principal. (SAA, Spencerville, MD; August 28, 2008).

 

Dr. Donovan Ross - I was privileged to spend valuable briefing/debriefing time with Dr. Ross, Vice Principal for Curriculum and Math instructor at Spring Valley Academy. Dr. Ross has been instrumental in the administrative transition to Jeff Bovee, the new academy principal recently arrrived from Upper Columbia Academy. (SVA; Centerville, MD; August 30, 2008)
Ms. Karen Caviness - Mrs. Caviness served as acting principal during the period of time when the board of Spring Valley Academy was actively searching for a new principal. She was instrumental in assisting the search committee as it sought new faculty throughout the summer. Currently, Ms. Caviness is Vice Principal for the elementary grades. (SVA; Centerville, MD; August 30, 2008)
KCMA Fall Convocation - Combining a visit to Spring Valley, I was privileged to participate in and enjoy the KCMA Fall Convocation, with its special music of Ms. Desi Harning (standing); and to appreciate the inspiring challenge put before the KCMA student body by President Scriven, seated immediately to the left of the pulpit. (KCMA, Kettering, OH; August 31, 2007)

Union Directors Meet with NADOGC - Three members of the NAD Office of General Counsel met with NADOE members, two union ECE associates, and union directors in a specially called meeting to discuss early childhood education/day care issues, including matters relating to taxation, preferential hiring, state R&Rs, etc.  (NAD Office; Silver Spring, MD, August 13, 2008) 

Kelly Baby Dedication - I was privileged to enjoy the worship hour at the Columbia Community Church and attending Elian Kelly's baby dedication with nearly 50 guests.  All were present to celebrate with Ian, Sarah, Sean Lee, Sarah's mother and all who have personally committed to shepherd Little Elian.  (Hawthorne Center; Columbia, MD; August 18, 2007)

 

Dedication Dinner at the CU Office - Nearly 50 guests were present to celebrate Little Elian's special day.  The company was most enjoyable; the food was sumptuous; and the pictures, slides, etc. made the day truly memorable.  (N. Wilson Auditorium; Columbia, MD, August 18, 2007)

 

NJ Teachers Meet with Dr. Hancock - Teachers and administrators of the NJ Conference had their first official meeting of the 2007-2008 school year with Superintendent Dr. Wayne Hancock.  Equipping teachers with vital information re:  teaching technology, curriculum, leadership qualities, and financial planning, Dr. Hancock's planning made the meeting both productive and enjoyable.  (Folowing 4 pictures - Conference Office; Trenton, NJ; August 21, 2007)

 

Thoughts on Pathways - LaVona Gillham, Associate Director, provided NJ teachers with a "tool chest" of strategies and information regarding the new Pathways reading/whole language program for the lower grades.  Teachers were keenly interested in learning how to launch and energize this new program. 

 

Dr. Hancock and Elder Greene - Elder Jim Greene (left), Conference Treasurer, provided important information to the teachers regarding educational enhancement benefits and retirement planning.  Dr. Hancock (right) encouraged teachers to make certain to take be effective financial planners. 

Greetings from the CUOE - Dr. Hancock provided the opportunity for me to address the NJ education workforce, providing all present with a general outline of union services, CUOE mission, an overview of the soon to be launched CUOE "new look" education site, etc.  I was pleased for the opportunity to pray with and for our Christ's teaching ambassadors in the NJ Conference. 

Union Directors Meet with NADOGC - Three members of the NAD Office of General Counsel met with NADOE members, two union ECE associates, and union directors in a specially called meeting to discuss early childhood education/day care issues, including matters relating to taxation, preferential hiring, state R&Rs, etc.  (NAD Office; Silver Spring, MD, August 13, 2008) 

Kelly Baby Dedication - I was privileged to enjoy the worship hour at the Columbia Community Church and attending Elian Kelly's baby dedication with nearly 50 guests.  All were present to celebrate with Ian, Sarah, Sean Lee, Sarah's mother and all who have personally committed to shepherd Little Elian.  (Hawthorne Center; Columbia, MD; August 18, 2007)

 

Dedication Dinner at the CU Office - Nearly 50 guests were present to celebrate Little Elian's special day.  The company was most enjoyable; the food was sumptuous; and the pictures, slides, etc. made the day truly memorable.  (N. Wilson Auditorium; Columbia, MD, August 18, 2007)

 

NJ Teachers Meet with Dr. Hancock - Teachers and administrators of the NJ Conference had their first official meeting of the 2007-2008 school year with Superintendent Dr. Wayne Hancock.  Equipping teachers with vital information re:  teaching technology, curriculum, leadership qualities, and financial planning, Dr. Hancock's planning made the meeting both productive and enjoyable.  (Folowing 4 pictures - Conference Office; Trenton, NJ; August 21, 2007)

 

Thoughts on Pathways - LaVona Gillham, Associate Director, provided NJ teachers with a "tool chest" of strategies and information regarding the new Pathways reading/whole language program for the lower grades.  Teachers were keenly interested in learning how to launch and energize this new program. 

 

Dr. Hancock and Elder Greene - Elder Jim Greene (left), Conference Treasurer, provided important information to the teachers regarding educational enhancement benefits and retirement planning.  Dr. Hancock (right) encouraged teachers to make certain to take be effective financial planners. 

Greetings from the CUOE - Dr. Hancock provided the opportunity for me to address the NJ education workforce, providing all present with a general outline of union services, CUOE mission, an overview of the soon to be launched CUOE "new look" education site, etc.  I was pleased for the opportunity to pray with and for our Christ's teaching ambassadors in the NJ Conference. 

Dr. Knott's Devotionals - Bill Knott, editor of the Adventist Review, presented the morning devotionals at the recently concluded Columbia Union Administrators Retreat in western MD.  His primary focus was on the Master's healing ways and His abiding care for His children.  I've been privileged to know the Knott family for many years, dating back to my undergraduate days at AUC.  (all pictures below were taken in McHenry, MD, July 18-22, 2007)
The Power of Trust - Elder Ed Motschiedler provided two presentations, one each on Thursday and Friday, of sound advice and counsel on effective leadership and its essential foundation - TRUST.  Elder Motschiedler in certified in DDI Leadership training, as is yours truly, and we will team together in presennting an afternoon seminar to the CUSAC group in the fall.
Wide Ranging Discussions - The entire group engaged in several significant discussions about matters relating to higher education, union and conference programming, professional growth, etc.  Elder Weigley led out in these important discussions and, as always, provided a platform that encouraged all present to offer their opinions.
The Power of Music - John Stoddard, a BMA alumnus and one of my beloved students when I served as BMA principal, provided special music for all the devotional times and on Sabbath morning.  He provided an exceptional concert, enjoyed by all, late Sabbath afternoon.  John gave testimony of his love for the Master with each opportunity of sharing the gospel to the group through music.
A Little "R&R" - Besides swimming and making good use of the fitness center, I thoroughly enjoyed a chance to "get into nature" walking several of the trails at Swallow Falls State Park.  A young couple asked if I would take their picture and, in return, I asked if they would take mine.  Here, I am at the top edge of Swallow Falls.  Later I would visit Midget Creek falls, pictured below.
Midget Creek Falls - Set against a beautiful natural backdrop, visiting the falls was, in every sense, therapeutic for this visitor.  The sights and sounds of such places often turn my thoughts to how wonderful this world must have been before sin marred its beauty.

Superintendent and Associate Lead Out in Education Hour - Elder Larry Boggess, President and Education Superintendent of Mountain View Conference, and Cheryl Jacko, Associate Superintendent, organized and introduced the Mountain View Conference Education Hour to campmeeting attendees, a program featuring special music, a PowerPoint Adventist education promotional, and an interview of three Mountain View Conference schools' graduates, a panel organized by Cheryl Jacko and facilitated by yours truly.  (Valley Vista Campground; Huttonsville, WV, June 23, 2007)  

 

Mountain View Graduate Heads to Tanzania - I had the privilege of offering a special prayer for Jenny Blanzy, a graduate of Mountain View Conference schools and a child of one of the conference's elementary teachers, during the Education Hour on Sabbath afternoon at the Mountain View Campmeeting.  Not only was she the subject of many prayers but also was treated to a song specially dedicated to her by the King's Heralds, sung in Swahili.  Jenny will be gone for one year in service to her King and fellow man.  Please keep her in your prayers and all other student missionaries working for the Lord overseas.  (Valley Vista Camp; Huttonsville, WV, June 23, 2007) 

 

New Jersey Education Superintendent - Pictured (left to right) are Dr. Wayne Hancock, newly elected Superintendent of Education of New Jersey Conference; LaVona Gillham, yours truly, and Ian Kelly.  Dr. Hancock, a leader with a wealth of educational and pastoral experience, spent a day with the Columbia Union Office of Education team for an orientation to the Education Code, CUSAC, CUBOE, functions of the conference K-12 Board of Education, local school board roles and responsibilities, etc.  The time spent together was very productive and enjoyable, with a lunch treat provided by the CUOE for Dr. Hancock at the Cheesecake Factory.  (Columbia Union Office - Education Conference Room; Columbia, MD; July 2, 2007)

 

Pennyslvania's New Superintendent - I had the privilege of spending a full day at the Pennsylvania campmeeting, meeting with several leaders including the newly elected superintendent, David Morgan (pictured on the left chatting with a fellow educator).  Dave (CUC, '91) is still completing his responsibilities as VP at BMA, which includes assisting with campmeeting.  He will assume his new duties as superintendent in late July.  Dave has 20 yrs. of experience in education (teaching and administration) with terms of service at Coudersport, Mountain View, Reading Junior Academy and BMA.  (Hamburg, PA, June 19, 2007)

 

Dr. Randal Wisbey's Exit Interview - Pictured in the photo (from left to right) are Dr. Randal Wisbey (outgoing CUC President), yours truly, and Margaret McFarland (Attorney and CUC Trustee).  Ms. McFarland and I were privileged to conduct Dr. Wisbey's exit interview before he soon assumes his new duties as president of La Sierra University.  The nearly two-hour interview, conducted in Dr. Wisbey's office, was productive and enjoyable, yielding information that will, no doubt, prove helpful to members of the Columbia Union College board.  (Silver Spring, MD; June 20, 2007)

 

Potomac Conference Education Team/Campmeeting Booth - Spending a full day at the Potomac campmeeting, I was privileged to visit and have lunch with the Potomac Office of Education team, though not all were present.  Pictured (from left to right) are Rob Smith (Associate Superintendent - Northern District),  Larry Marsh (Superintendent), Patty Marsh (Administrative Secretary), Evelyn Sullivan (Associate Superintendent - Southern District), and Joanie Galbraith (Secretary).  Kudos to SVA's administration for great organization and a clean, attractive presentation of the campus to the many guests at Potomac Conference campmeeting.  (for this and next three photos - New Market, VA; June 21, 2007)

 

"New Look" SVA Student Center - Pictured is Dr. Dale Twomley, Principal of Shenandoah Valley Academy, in the newly renovated Student Center, one of a number of major capital improvements underway at SVA.  The Class of 1976 provided approximately $70,000 to underwrite the renovations in the Student Center, making it not only much more functional but very attractive and appealing to SVA students.

 

Kitchen Area Remodeled - Dr. Twomley opened the newly remodeled kitchen area in the Student Center in order for me and you to note that the remodeling was extensive, practical, and pleasing to the eye.  Students will, for years to come, thoroughly enjoy this Student Center as, I suspect, will administration and faculty.  SVA administration seeks to create a "home" environment on campus and the remodeling of the Student Center lends itself to that aim.

 

Hadley Hall Improvements - With the first phase of improvements completed in the girls dormitory at SVA, the total project, when all phases are completed, will cost nearly $1.5 million.  Pictured here is one of the newly remodeled rooms each of which include new beds, dressers, and bathroom improvements.  In addition to wireless access, the dorm lobby has been remodeled and new furniture purchased.  Price Hall (boys dorm) will begin to take on a new look when renovations (total projected costs - $2 million) begin in August 2007, with Maranatha participating in the first phase. 


NAD Curriculum Committees at Work - This summer, the NADOE is conducting its summer curriculum committees in our field (Richmond, VA; June 11-28), addressing curriculum and program items that will impact all SDA elementary and secondary schools across the NAD.  In this picture, Karin Lebo (Reading Junior Academy) is working with LaVona Gillham (CU Associate Director) on the Pathways Literacy Program for Grs. 5&6 (all photos taken in Richmond, VA)
More Pathways - Columbia Union is privileged to have three representatives on this very important literacy curriculum committee.  Yolande Melbourne (Sligo) is pictured here taking a brief moment to offer her smile while otherwise on task as a productive committee member.
Special Needs - Karohn Young (Takoma Academy) is a front-line contributor to meeting special needs of students and is, in this photo, working as a member of a special needs commission funded by Versacare, addressing curriculum and planning for students with special needs across the NAD.
Revising the Science Curriculum - Karen McKinnie (G.E. Peters) and Charles Rutt (LeHigh Valley) are working alongside other teachers from across the division on revising the science curriculum for students in Grs. 5-8.
Spiritual Resources - Spencer Hannah (Blue Mountain Academy) is one of a number of SDA leaders in education working on developing a rich resource bank of supplemental materials for use as a complement to current Bible textbooks and programs.

CUOE Visits Annapolis - After 2+ days of intensive strategic planning for 2007-2009, the CUOE team headed to Annapolis for an afternoon of instructive "R&R."  Pictured is the Maryland State House which, is the oldest state house in the nation and in which George Washington resigned his commission before the Continental Congress is December 1783.  (Annapolis, MD; Wednesday, June 6, 2007)
U.S. Naval Academy Chapel - Housed in marble with stained glass windows, each of which has a naval theme and associated Bible verse, the Chapel itself is truly eye-catching.  When one considers how many great American naval leaders worshiped the Lord in this place, it makes a visit all the more meaningful.  (Wednesday, June 6)
Crypt of John Paul Jones - The famous Revolutionary War naval hero's crypt is located in the U.S. Naval Academy Chapel constantly attended by naval honor guard.  (Wednesday, June 6)
SVA Board of Trustees - Among the items addressed was the election of a new slate of board officers, personnel-related recommendations and hires, a brief report of the special Commission's work, a review of 2007-2008 enrollment projections, and finances.  (SVA; Centerville, OH; Thursday, June 7) 
Newly Renovated Restrooms - Among the many actual and planned improvements to facilities are two rennovated restrooms off of the gymnasium.  The SVA Home and School Association were very active in raising the necessary funds for these renovations.  Moreover, plans are in the works for SVA's instructional classrooms to have a technological "make-over" that will make them among the more advanced in our field.  (SVA; Centerville, OH; Thursday, June 7)
CUC Board of Trustees - Joined by members of the CUC Presidential Search Committee, the college board addressed one of its most important responsibilities - the selection of a president.  Moreover, the work of the board also included budgetary and strategic matters.  (Neal Wilson Auditorium; Columbia, MD; Monday June 11)

SLA Evaluation:  Faculty  Picture - I was privileged to chair the academy evaluation of Browning/South Lancaster Academy, a k-12 program lab school for Atlantic Union College.  I was in MA from May 20-24, and kept very busy by the demands of the task.  Earlier in my career, I taught at B/SLA and my wife is an alumnus.  I worked with a GREAT team and the evaluation report, in final form, will be submitted to the NAD by mid-June. (South Lancaster, MA, May 20-24)
HVA Caring Heart Award Winner - Janelle Hess, 4-year senior was recipient of the NAD Caring Heart Award, presented at the Baccalaureate program of HVA graduation weekend.  Eight (8) students were baptized during the program, revealing how the love and light of Christ can reign in young hearts!  (HVA Church; Hagerstown, MD; Sabbath, May, 26)
BMA Caring Heart Award Winner - Jonathan Greenberg was chosen by the BMA faculty to be the recipient of the NAD Caring Heart Award for the 2006-2007 school year.  The presentation was made during Class Night ceremonies to a huge crowd in the gymnasium.  Sixty-two seniors graduated on Sunday, May 27.  (Hamburg, PA; Saturday night, May 26)
TA Caring Heart Award Winner - Melanie Schimpf received an ovation of appreciation and support when her name was announced as the NAD Caring Heart recipient at Takoma Academy's baccalaureate service this past Sabbath.  Described as an exceptionally caring individual, Melanie clearly touches hearts in notable ways and is, according to TA faculty and administration, truly deserving of recognition.  (Sligo Church, Takoma Park, MD; Sabbath, June 2) 
Wedding Bells Chime - Stephanie Greene, daughter of Christine Greene, our CUOE Registrar, was married to Ryan Miller on Sunday, June 3.  The church was filled with guests, all were pleased to be in attendance at this wonderful event.  The newlyweds will be residing in Colorado and our entire CUOE team will keep them in our thoughts and prayers as they start their lives together as husband and wife. (Westminster SDA Church, Westminster, MD; Sunday, June 3)
Happy Parents - Harold and Christine Greene, both valued members of the Columbia Union office family and parents of the bride, sport smiling faces as they take a moment for this photo while greeting guests at the wedding reception.  We congratulate them both!  (Crest Lane SDA School Gymnasium, Westminster, MD; June 3)

BMA Aerial Aires Homeshow - The acro-gymnastics team of performs team routines for a sizeable audience of parents, students, community members and Academy Day visitors.  Years ago, I had the privilege of serving as the Aerial Aires announcer for several years, enjoying the experience immensely.  (Hamburg, PA; Saturday evening, May 6)
More Aerial Aires - The team travels extensively and brings its schedule to an end with its annual homeshow.  In addition to team routines, small group and individual routines are featured.  The team emphasizes livnig for Christ and living a healthy lifestyle.  (Hamburg, PA; Saturday evening, May 6)
PA Principals Council - I was privileged to present a seminar to the principals of Pennsylvania Conference entitled, "Taming Your Board:  A Principal Imperative."  The materials researched and presented came from works of Collins, Covey, and Friedman and emphasized best practices.  (Hamburg, PA; Monday, May 7) 
Highland View Academy Board - The first meeting of the newly elected Highland View Academy board, post CH constituency meeting, was both enjoyable and productive.  After becoming better acquainted, the board launched into a variety of agenda items yielding plans and groundwork for productive outcomes.  (Hagerstown, MD; Wednesday, May 9)
Adventist Educators Honored - Six educational leaders were honored by the Takoma Park City Council, represented by Councilman Terry Seamens, for their work in community improvement initiatives involving students from their respective schools.  The presentation was made at the meeting of the Adventist Community Action Council.  (Takoma Park, MD; Friday morning, May 11)
Adventist Community Action Council - Invited to attend this meeting to provide input on community planning, I was privileged to be part of this important effort to strengthen ties with the broader community.  Specifically, The purpose of the ACAC is to coordinate the resources of the Adventist organizations in the Takoma Park area and to address key community issues.  (Takoma Park, MD; Friday morning, May 11)

Chesapeake Constituency Meeting - Delegates from across the conference assess growth, elect officers, and lay groundwork for the future, including pertinent items regarding k-12 education and Highland View Academy.  (Spencerville Adventist Church; Sunday morning, April 22)
AEC K-12 Board of Education - Elder Henry Fordham, board chair, and Elder J.P. Willis, Conference Superintendent, advance the work of the K-12 board in matters regarding personnel, accrediation, and overall program growth and interests.  (Pine Forge, PA; Sunday afternoon, April 22)
Paying Tribute to Dr. Lolethia Kibble - Ian Kelly and LaVonaGillham, Associate Directors of Education and I provide testimonials of friendship with, and the extraordinary educational career of, Dr. Lolethia Kibble, who served as both associate superintendent and superintendent of AEC.  (Pine Forge, PA; Sunday evening, April 22)
Testimonials - Elder Ian Kelly, CU Associate Director of Education, and I have the privilege and pleasure to offer testimonials to the many contributions to Adventist education Dr. Lolethia Kibble has made to the Allegheny East Conference and Columbia Union over the span of her career.  (Pine Forge, PA; Saturday night, April 22)
OH K-12 Board of Education - Elder Raj Attiken, conference president and board chair, is joined by Superintendent Jay Colburn and his Associate Cindy French in addressing pertinent educational matters (personnel, school accreditations, testing, etc.), advancing Christian education throughout the conference.  (Columbus, OH; Monday, April 23) 
KCMA's Commencement - Elder Raj Attiken, Ohio Conference President and trustee of Kettering College of Medical Arts, prepares to deliver the commencement address to nearly 240 graduates (a record number!) at the 39th commencement of the college at the Trent Arena.  (Centerville, OH; Saturday night, April 28)

Reading Organizational Pulse - BMA students meet with board members to provide student perspectives, re:  existing academy culture, program strengths and needs (April 3; Hamburg, PA)
NAD Education Advisory - Focusing on needs/interests of elementary and secondary schools, re:  education technology, curricula, distance education, teacher certification, school accreditation, and development (Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences; April 17; Orlando, FL)
Bidding Farewell - Gary Randolph, Director of Lake Union, is "roasted" at a NAD Education Advisory-sponsored retirement farewell supper at Buco di Beppo restaurant with union directors and associates participating in a fun-filled evening. (April 17; Orlando, FL)
NAD VP/Education Retires - LaVona Gillham, CU Associate Director of Education, gives Gerald Kovalski a fun-loving "what for" in this celebration of his impending retirement effective early June 2007.  (April 17, Orlando, FL)
 

Strategic Marketing - CUBOE-approved Marketing Standard Committee is fast at work developing a market standard complement to the NAD k-12 evaluation instruments.  The developed standard will be implemented for all school evaluations in the CU beginning 2007-2008 (March 15, 2007, Education Conference Room, CU Office) 
CUC Presidential Search Begins - Selected and empowered by the college Board of Trustees, the search committee meets for the first time to begin its work to find a new president for Columbia Union College (March 19, Administration Conference Room, CU Office)
Devotional at Atholton SDA Elementary - "Uncle Ham" shares the good news of God's love and care to all students, K-10 via personal stories of God's care in his life.  Praise the Lord for the privilege of education ministry! (March 23; Atholton SDA Church Sanctuary)
New AAS Library - Recipients of nearly $30,000 in contributions, Atholton SDA boasts a new library completed within the last three weeks, including customized book shelves.  The parents, students, faculty, administration and board are thrilled!  (March 23, Atholton Adventist School Library)
Spring Valley Town Hall Meeting - Dr. Paul Koles, chairman of the Spring Valley Academy Board of Trustees, opens the session, focusing the many in attendance on the agenda and process for discussing SVA's current challenges.  (March 25, SVA Gymnasium)
Charting a Course - Filling the gymnasium to standing room only, attendees (parents, students, alumni and founders) listen intently and offer dozens of questions over a several hours in exploring academics, finances, and workforce matters, capped by a preliminary view of SVA's strategic plan for the academy's future. (March 25, SVA Gymnaisum)

Jennifer Payne, HVA English instructor, is presented the 2007 Alumni Award Foundations's Excellence in Teaching Award in Scottsdale, AZ on Feburary 23rd.
Four Pine Forge Academy seniors represent PFA and promote PFA to all in attendance at the Alumni Awards Foundation banquet on Saturday night, February 25th.
Allegheny East Superintendent J.P. Willis accepts the Academy Award of Excellence plaque and $25,000 on behalf of Pine Forge Academy (Satuday night, February 25th).
Sgt. Jonathan Cadavero, a graduate of Waldwick SDA Elementary and Columbia Union College, is memorialized at the First Presbyterian Church in Goshen, NY on Friday, March 9th with overflow attendance.
Sgt. Jonathan Cadavero is laid to rest at the Orange County Veterans Cemetery in Goshen, NY with hundreds in attendance supporting the Cadavero family!
Dr. Randal Wisbey, CUC President, addresses the CUC Board of Trustees, on matters of strategic interest to the college on Monday, March 12th in Morrison Hall.