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onvocation 2006 was a day of celebration - celebrating the success of our students. Dr. Ralph Richardson, as Chancellor, awarded 175 baccalaureate degrees. In response to ABU’s continual growth, two convocation ceremonies were held, one in the morning for Education graduates, and the other in the afternoon for those graduating in Arts, Business Administration, and Science. Without the second ceremony, students would have been restricted to inviting only two or three family members as guests. Dr. Wanda Thomas-Bernard, Director of the School of Social Work at Dalhousie University, was the convocation speaker at both ceremonies. Another “first” also marked this year’s convocation weekend. A special banquet was held on Friday evening, May 5th, to inaugurate what will become an annual event, the Distinguished Alumni Awards. Judge Gerald R. DeBow (Class of 1958) from Alberta and Dr. Robert S. Wilson (Class of 1962) from Nova Scotia were both recognized for their outstanding achievements and influence. The accomplishments and fame of our graduates, both past and future, will help develop the profile and growing reputation of ABU. As members of the Class of 2006 move on to new challenges, so does the University they are leaving. Planning for the future is vital as we seek to take advantage of every opportunity to further the mission of ABU, transforming lives through “quality university education firmly rooted in the Christian faith.”

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ABU is pursuing membership in the Association of Universities and Colleges in Canada. This process will continue into 2007 before we will be advised of our standing on this objective. The primary benefits of AUCC membership include affirmation of the quality of ABU’s academic programs, an easier process for students applying for entrance into graduate study programs across Canada (especially at institutions that are not familiar with ABU), and opportunity for our faculty to compete for certain research grants. We anticipate it will also help attract international students, as it will provide such students with an easier way of confirming that ABU is a legitimate university. The University has also been conducting a feasibility study to help determine the size and scope of a new capital campaign. Space has become an issue again after only ten years in our new facilities. For the enrolment to continue to grow, and to be able to expand our current programs of study or introduce new programs, we must have more classroom, lecture theatre, and office space. Also under active consideration, but as a separate project unrelated to a capital campaign, is the possibility of a new apartment building to be constructed before September 2007, in order to provide students with another choice in campus accommodation. As with our graduates, the future holds both challenge and promise for ABU.

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Convocation Celebrating Our Graduates with Two Convocations ore than fifty-five years ago a humble institution opened its doors to educate Christian young people with the belief that, in doing so, lives could be changed. While Atlantic Baptist University has transformed significantly since those rather simple beginnings, it is evident that the ethos remains the same: to see individuals educated and changed.


The addition of a second Spring Convocation is a continuation of the progressive changes that have been made in recent years to adapt to our numerical growth. In 2003, in response to positive programic change and adult learners with unique work and family needs, a Fall Convocation was added to celebrate those graduates who were completing their degrees in a different sequence than

Partial evidence of the power of this ethos is that significant numeric growth has occurred in the past few years. Growing from 470 students in the Fall of 2001 to more than 700 students this past Fall is clear evidence that something of significance is occurring. While those numbers are smaller than many other Atlantic universities, our growth in numbers and reputation are accelerating at a rate far beyond our current size.

Degrees that were awarded at the two Convocation ceremonies of Spring 2006

As the Registrar, this growth was made personally evident to me at the last conference of Admissions Officers and Registrars for the colleges and universities in Atlantic Canada. At this conference Atlantic Baptist University was the only Christian school represented. Our staff sat along side the staff from the larger, public universities and was held as equal partners in the education of our Atlantic young people. Two of our staff people had the opportunity to speak and share in two different seminars and offer perspectives on programs and best practices on student centered service. Atlantic Baptist University’s academic significance is well recognized by our Atlantic colleges as well as those beyond our region as our graduates assume significant places of employment, leadership, graduate and post-graduate level opportunities. This growth has more directly affected our university in many ways as we meet the challenges of a growing staff, faculty and student body. One of the most visible measures of this significant growth is that, beginning this academic year, Atlantic Baptist University will celebrate our graduates with two Spring Convocation ceremonies.

those closest to the graduates. The additional convocation also allows ABU to celebrate the uniqueness and excellence of each group of graduates in a manner more relevant to their educational and social needs. Allowing for the uniqueness of a group to shine is one of the values that Atlantic Baptist University has historically sought and this additional event will foster that sense of community within community.

While an additional ceremony may seem of little significance to some, any Bachelor of Arts: 77 convocation is of deep significance Bachelor of Business Administration: 13 to those participating therein. Bachelor of Science: 8 Convocation is not a mere academic Bachelor of Education: 71 exercise. A convocation is a celebration Certificates: 7 of excellence and accomplishment for each graduate; it is an opportunity to our traditional students. The addition of honour the exceptional; it is a time to a third convocation per year is a positive recall fond memories of people and events step in our university’s development and that have made the university significant; student service. it is a threshold moment, whereby the old An additional convocation allows the is behind and the new and unseen lies university to provide an increased ahead in a wonderfully uncertain way; it accessibility to graduates and their is a time to hold hands and hearts with guests. With fewer graduates at each those who have dramatically impacted event the amount of seating available to each others lives in ways that will be our community and guests is increased unfolded over a lifetime. significantly, thus allowing ABU the opportunity to shy away from the larger To see our university community continue universities’ typical response of keeping to develop and grow in such a wonderful the Convocation a closed event to all but way is a significant privilege. As we see such changes and move through these stages of development, we do so with an acute awareness of our university’s history, depth of spirituality, academic pride, and celebratory attitude that allows us to see beyond where we currently stand. Should you have questions regarding the additional convocation please feel free to contact our office at 858-8970 ext. 111 or at J. Sheldon Mac Leod Registrar

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and spiritual programs within the Church, such as a summer day camp program for youth and an employability program for single moms. As recently as this year, and in celebration of Victoria Road Baptist’s 160th anniversary, Wanda, and her husband George, have taken the lead in creating a pictorial DVD of the Church’s history.

r. Wanda Thomas Bernard is a native of East Preston, NS, and one of 13 children raised by James A. Thomas and Marguerite Thomas Parent. Her propensity to excel and break down social barriers was evident as early as her teenage years when she became one of her community’s first young people to enter the world of academe. This journey led to a B.A. from Mount Saint Vincent University in 1975, a Masters of Social Work from Dalhousie University in 1977, and in 1996, a Ph.D. from the University of Sheffield, England. As a professional, Dr. Thomas Bernard began her career in the Nova Scotia Hospital Social Work Department. After sevem years of exemplary service as a psychiatric social worker, she assumed a Marriage and Family Counsellor position with Halifax County, but not before the Hospital awarded her with the Edith Kovacs Award for outstanding service. Dr. Thomas Bernard continued to distinguish herself while in the employ of the County, receiving recognition for dedicated and outstanding service to the community from such organizations as the Black Cultural Society and the Halifax Metro United Way. In 1990, Dr. Thomas Bernard’s career path shifted, as she moved from practitioner to professor within Dalhousie University’s School of Social Work. Approximately one decade later, in 2001, she received another vote of confidence from the university officials with her appointment as Director of the School of Social Work. Her Directorship has been renewed this spring for another five years. From an academic perspective, Dr. Thomas Bernard has also demonstrated her capabilities as a researcher and scholar. She has overseen or participated in more than 20 research projects, with funding support ranging in value from $10,000 to $1.25 million. Her peer-reviewed publications now number more than 25, in addition to a new book, en-

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Family has a significant place within Dr. Thomas Bernard’s life as each member has contributed in his/her own way to her success over the years. Primary individuals filling up the key roles in her life at present include her husband, George, whom she married on August 30, 1975; her three children, Candace, Trudy, and Mark; and her two sons-in-law, David and Kevin.

titled Fighting For Change: Black Social Workers in Nova Scotia, scheduled for release this summer. Furthermore, Dr. Thomas Bernard has authored over 125 formal papers and presentations, always with the intent to share her strategies and expertise that a more inclusive society may be created. She has even tried her hand at turning research into video production, with her most recent rendition depicting what it means to be a Black father in today’s society. One central dimension of Dr. Thomas Bernard’s life is her faith and, more specifically, how it is manifested in her service and volunteer work within her church at Victoria Road Baptist as well as within the African United Baptist Association. As an active church member for 25 years, she has served many times as Sunday School Superintendent, Chair of Finance, and Chair of Church Projects, where she has raised over $200,000 within the last seven years. These resources have helped develop a number of social

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This citation does not afford sufficient space to list all the significant awards that Dr. Thomas Bernard has received. Yet, in addition to some that have been mentioned, two others are particularly worthy of note: in 2004, Dr. Thomas Bernard received the Nova Scotia Human Rights Award for her creative ways in addressing racism and discrimination; one year later, in 2005, Governor General Adrienne Clarkson presented her with the Order of Canada Award, symbolic of “a lifetime of outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation.” Dr. Thomas Bernard has been described as a “social worker, educator, researcher, community activist, advocate, mentor, and extraordinary community volunteer.” Intertwined within all these identities is a committed woman of faith who seeks to serve her Lord by advocating for the disadvantaged, educating and informing those in authority, and displaying a full measure of humanity to all she meets. It is for being such a person of conviction, compassion, and commitment that Wanda Thomas Bernard was conferred the Atlantic Baptist University Leadership Award on the 6th day of May, 2006.


The Passionate Pursuit of our Life Purpose for sticking with us, even when we became too stressed or possibly ignored you. Your constant love has meant everything to us. Thank you!

The following is an excerpt from the 2006 valedictory address given by Joel Darland, who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Psychology.


ellow classmates, congratulations – we’ve made it! We’ve finally made it. We are graduating. As we sit here today, we are filled with joy, but we are also filled with sadness and fear. We are joyful that our years of hard work here at ABU have finally paid off, and we have come to a joyous ending. Yet we are also sad, for here, we sit together for the last time. But we are all looking towards a bright future. Each and every one of us yearns to go forth, in his or her unique direction, and make our mark upon the world – this is why many of us are afraid. There is a sense of vulnerability in not knowing what or where our next step in life – our life purpose – will carry us. Each of us has a definite reason for being here on earth – our life purpose. Our life purpose is our unique contribution to the world and is the biggest part of who we are inside. We all have special talents to share with this world; things that no one else is qualified to do. There may be others who have similar abilities to each of us, but none are exactly the same as ours. The question is how do we find our life purpose? This was best answered by Oprah when asked this exact question. First, “Listen to your inner voice.” Second, “Dwell in possibilities. Explore your life and unearth all of the things that bring you joy.” Third, “Tune out the voice of the world and make the strongest

“We all have special talents to share with this world...”

voice in your life your own.” Fourth, “Take the first step. Destiny can’t help you until you are willing to step out of your comfort zone.” And lastly, “Be patient. Finding your life purpose won’t happen overnight. In every life, there’s a fast road and a slow road. Most of us take the slow road.” I know each and every one of us can remember the first time we opened the now loved doors of ABU. For some of us that moment held fear, excitement, and even panic, but for all of us it meant change. How many doors are ahead of us still? What will be behind those doors? Who knows? All we really need to know is that we are ready to open those doors, venture forward and discover the new and exciting challenges that lie before us! So, as we prepare ourselves to walk out the doors of ABU, how can we leave this place without thanking our loved ones? We owe tremendous gratitude to our friends, professors, and family. To our friends, thank you for the lecture notes, for listening when we needed you, for the laughter, and for the love that you brought into our lives. To our professors, thank you for guiding us, inspiring us, and most of all, caring for us as though family. To our families, thank you so much for believing in us, for supporting us, and

So our journey together has come to its end and we are about to embark on a new one. This new journey will be just as challenging and filled with great adventure so do not be afraid. Undeniably, we all will look back on these days with great fondness, for becoming an ABU graduate is truly a rich and wonderful experience to relish. However, I ask that each and every one of us remember the sacrifice and hard work. Remember how amazing it feels to learn and grow. But, most of all, remember what you feel right now and be proud of what you have accomplished. Let me end with a quote from Morrie Schwartz in Tuesdays with Morrie: “So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they’re busy doing things they think are important. This is because they’re chasing the wrong things. The way you get meaning in life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.” This room is filled with graduates who are passionate about many things – the ministry, business, science, and history. Our passion may be closely related to our area of study, or perhaps not at all. But it is my sincere hope that we, all of us, will make a significant contribution to society, in whichever area that we are passionate about, so that others may benefit. The world will be amazed, even astounded, at what one passionate individual, who is truly inspired by his faith and God, can accomplish. And so, when we walk out that beloved old door of ABU for the last time as an ABU graduate, be inspired, be humbled, be challenged, and be thankful. Look forward to the future and never forget to bring passion into everything you do!

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The 2006 Arts, Business and Science Graduates BACHELOR OF ARTS HONOURS Charlene Sandra Michelle Davis, English Tyson R. McGee, English (Honours) & History Jennifer-Rose Marie Matheson, English Doris Nussbaumer, Psychology David Vance, History

BACHELOR OF ARTS Melody Arseneau, Psychology Janet Aydinova, Organizational Management Sylvia Johanna Ball, History Kelly Balser, Organizational Management Loretta Fern Bannister, Organizational Management Matthew A. Barbour, Psychology Michelle Bekkering, History Eve Bourgeois, English & History Grace Elizabeth Brueckner, Sociology Sarah Elise Burgess, Psychology & Sociology Christopher Dale Caldwell, Organizational Management Gregory Allan Cunningham, Biblical Studies & Religious Studies Joel Darland, History & Psychology Geoffrey Conrad deJong, Biblical Studies & Psychology Sarah Nola Eva Deneault, Sociology Tiffany Doucet, Psychology Cara Louise Duffy, English Cory D. Fevens, English & Psychology Kirk J. Geldart, English Rachel Ann Geldart, Psychology Roy M. Gould, Organizational Management Mark James Green, Organizational Management Candace Hardy, History Kelley Hosford, Sociology Matthew A. Johnston, History Julie Christine Kelly, Psychology Christopher Jonathan Mark Ketch, Biblical Studies & History Paula Marie Lawrence, Communication Studies

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Kristina Jean Elizabeth Lawson, Psychology Stephen Paul Little, Sociology Winston Scott MacEachern, Communication Studies Heather Elisabeth MacKenzie, English Virginia MacLean, History AndrÊ Leo Paul Manseau, English Angela Pearl Marks, Psychology John Martin, Organizational Management Amanda J. McFadzen, Sociology Alicia Ann Melanson, Psychology Amanda Mary Lynn Milke, English Jonathan David Milke, English Gerald Arthur Moore, English Jeffrey Gordon Mullin, English Tracey Murray, Psychology Rachel Isabel Myers, Psychology Melissa Joanna-Leigh Nadeau, Psychology Terrence David O’Brien, Psychology & Religious Studies Robin Stephen Oxley, History Rebecca Jane Ridlington, English Lyndsay Rae Scott, Psychology

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Krista Ann Shalala, Psychology Chrissy Smith, Communication Studies Shelley Lee Snyder, Biblical Studies Julie Somers, History Benjamin Kyle Stevens, History Brian Lee Stockford, Biblical Studies Sean Michael Sullivan, English Jennifer E. Sutherland, Communication Studies Melissa Jane Teskey, Psychology Carolyn Jane Thorne, Organizational Management Jamie Touchie, History Jackie Lea Tower, Psychology Sabrina Wall, Psychology Lauren Arlene Walters, Biblical Studies Heather Cynthia Ward, Psychology Jennifer Mildred Claire Ward, Psychology Graham Scott Ware, History Sarah Anne Wile, Sociology Sarah Young, History

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BACHELOR OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION Mathieu Auffrey Sarah Marie Keirstead Geoffrey LeBlanc Emily D. Lyon Stephanie Jean Merrithew Natalie Ann Power Mark Gordon Ramsay Theresa Mary Rogers Lyndsay Susan Stewart Vanessa Sandra Walker Brenda Young

Highest Overall Standing Within the Class of 2006 Brenda Young

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE HONOURS Sarah Elizabeth Hudgins, Biology

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE Nicholas David Earle, Biopsychology Catherine Joan Gardiner, Biology Esther J. Hamming, Biology Crystal Gail Keays, Biology Jason D. Lane, Biology Benjamin Nickerson, Biopsychology Elizabeth Rempe, Biology Andrew Douglas Smith, Biology

Atlantic Baptist University Honours Society and Male Student of the Year, David Vance and Female Student of the Year, Cara Duffy


YOUTH LEADERSHIP CERTIFICATE Geoffrey Conrad deJong Jordan Ingraham Julie Christine Kelly Winston Scott MacEachern Rebecca Jane Ridlington Theresa Mary Rogers

ALPS Honours Society Award – Cohort 7 Roy Gould

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Great Teachers have the Power to Inspire The following is an excerpt from the 2006 valedictory address given by Lisa Aucoin, who graduated with a Bachelor of Education.


hen I arrived here at ABU, I didn’t know how it would all work out. I had completed a Bachelor and a Masters Degree at l’Université de Moncton. I was the French Catholic girl coming into an English Baptist University. Much to my delight, I was welcomed with open arms. Today, I thank the Lord for having chosen to pursue my studies here. I will always look back at my years at ABU with a warm heart. To my fellow classmates, we have made it. Our years of studies here at ABU have not always been easy ones. But, we have all worked hard and we have succeeded. We have accomplished a lot and this is an occasion for us to be proud. I am certain that today, you can remember all the challenges we have faced. There have been disappointments, hardships, trials, tribulations, C’s and D’s. There have been illnesses, family break-ups, deaths, and unemployment. We have laughed together, we have cried together. But, here at ABU, we have been extremely fortunate. We have experienced and witnessed the caring, understanding, and patience of our professors. They have listened. They have rallied us together during good times and bad. They have done for us what we will eventually do for our students. Through their faith, sensitivity and personal experiences, they have modeled what we need to do in our classroom. The education that they have provided has sufficiently prepared us to face the challenges of a very demanding profession. They have also given us the reputation that we currently enjoy at District 2. Our success is their success, for they have giv-

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“...they have given us the freedom to dare, the courage to excel, and the belief that we can achieve our best.” en us the freedom to dare, the courage to excel, and the belief that we can achieve our best. They have been there for us with support and care; they had faith when we doubted ourselves. For all these things, we, the Class of 2006, will be forever grateful. During my two years of study here at ABU, I have been blessed to experience personal growth. Today, I would like to share some of my learning with you. Believe in yourself. Have faith in your abilities. Without a humble and reasonable confidence in yourself, you will not be successful. You must never see yourself as a person deemed for failure. Remember that we all have strengths and talents that define us as special and unique people. Never be envious of others’ success. Instead, celebrate with them. When you know in your heart that every person you encounter in your lifetime has something to teach you, you will be able to utilize their offerings in a profound way. Our success in the real world will not necessarily be defined by the academic success we have acquired here at ABU but rather by our attitude, by our ability

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to cope with the pressures of the world and the new environment in which we will find ourselves. The challenges out there will be overwhelming at times. Remember that our success will depend on whether we are doing the best that we are capable of doing. Higher grades do not mean greater success. To be a successful teacher, we must connect in a caring way by inspiring hope within students and by leading our own lives in a manner that models the message. Always keep in mind that the mediocre teacher tells, the good one explains, the superior one shows, and the great one inspires. Remember that we, as teachers, have a powerful impact on our students’ lives. Contrary to society’s view of our profession, we are never just a teacher. We are role models and we make a difference. Our job is not all about covering curriculum, but rather about teaching students to see the vitality in themselves. I know that we all have it in us to be great teachers. Our challenge will be to continue to care. Our teaching will only have a lasting result if it is delivered with compassion, empathy, and understanding. We are part of the greatest profession ever and we have been given the opportunity to excel. Let’s continue to make ABU and ourselves proud. In conclusion, I would like to say that it has been an honour, a pleasure, and a privilege for me to be chosen as valedictorian. To my fellow classmates, I wish you all the success in the world. Remember that our graduation is a time to look back at the past with pride and to look to the future with confidence. This society needs us, with all our enthusiasm, talents, and new ideas. We have a vision for the future of education and what it holds for us. Let’s aim high and be among the best in our field. Congratulations teachers and may God bless!!


The 2006 Bachelor of Education Graduates Jason Glen Agnew Alisha Marie Ames Angel Dawn Antworth Lisa Aucoin Mary Alissa Baiani Sylvia Johanna Ball Kelly Balser Loretta Fern Bannister Amy France Beaver Lynn Margaret Mary Bertrand Linda Beyea Cherie Bingham Maria Dawn Bryden Christa Lynn Buchan Kansas Cameron Michael D. Carson Sherri Lynn Colwell Brian Edward Corbett Robyn Tara Court Alicia Ruth Crossan Melissa Anne Crossman Lori Crousse Angela Marie Davis Jillian DeWare Jennifer Diane DeWolfe Cara Louise Duffy Jill Winifred Emeno Jillian Fraser Erin Louise Frontain Catherine Joan Gardiner Rachel Ann Geldart Tara Glencross Joel Haines Sarah Jean Haines Amanda Lynn Hartlen Lisa Joy Hetherington Jordan Ingraham Mandy Kim Jonah Julie Christine Kelly Melanie Jane LeBlanc Karen Lynn MacDougall Liam Scott MacEachern Laurie Lee MacNaughton Alyssa Joy Martin Jennifer-Rose Marie Matheson Julia Mae Mazerolle Erin Leanne McCarron Tanya Wendy McMahon Elizabeth A. McNamee Judith Carol McQuinn Gerald Arthur Moore Kathleen Morin

Naushad Badal Mostafa Sarah Joyce Murphy Roger Eric Nason Becky Lyn O’Blenis Robin Stephen Oxley Tammy A. Paige Calvin Mark Pelley Tricia Nicole Poirier Lachelle M. Pyke R. Lynn Reade Elizabeth Rempe Matthew David Ripley Kristy Marie Roberts Stephanie Dawn Robertson Christina Isabel Rogers Julia Samara Shipley Andrew Douglas Smith Susan A. Smith Benjamin Kyle Stevens Lana Mildred Taylor Julie Louise Flanagan Thompson Rebecca Jean Pearl Walsh Kari E. Waye Christopher Lloyd West Adam Dale Wilson Alisha Nadine Wood

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Recipients of the Morrison Education Distinction Awards

The recipients of the Morrison Education Distinction Awards, pictured with Dr. Brian MacArthur and Dr. Ralph Richardson from l-r: Lana Taylor, Melissa Crossman, Laurie MacNaughton, Catherine Gardiner, Sylvia Ball, Matt Ripley. Absent from photo: Maria Bryden

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Dean’s List - Fall 2005 David P. Alcorn Sylvia Ball Stephanie Belliveau Kathryn Bowes Amanda Brooks Carolyn Caldwell Jamie Chown Liette Collier Jessica Curwin Geoff deJong Jennifer Delahunt Kate Doucet Carolyn Dunnett Carolyn Faucher Valerie Fay Cory Fevens Amy Flanagan Timothy Frazer Jennifer Friesen Catherine Gardiner Tanya Godbout Gary Goodwin Sarah Hatchard

Sarah Hudgins Stacey Hudson Julie Kelly Joy Laughlin Angela Marks Daniel Marr Jennifer-Rose Matheson Tyson McGee Joshua McIsaac Tara-Ashley McLean Michael McNish Amy Merrithew Ashley Merrithew Amanda Milke Krista Milton Megan Morehouse Rachel Morrison Kristal Dawn Murray Trevor Nason Leslie Neilson Joy Nickerson Amanda O’Laney Carolyn Pyke

Angeline Quek Aaron Robins Stephanie Ross Jennifer Smith Kirk Smith Lyndsay Stewart Sean Sullivan Tess Sullivan Danielle Swanton David Turner David Vance Ian VanHaren Tiffany Vautour Richard Walker Heather Ward Candace Webster Jillian Whalen Kenneth Williams Amanda Wilson Miah Wilson Brenda Young

Dean’s List - Winter 2006 Angel Antworth Amber Atkinson Sarah Barnes Vanessa Black Amanda Brooks Grace Brueckner Carolyn Caldwell Liette Collier Ashley Crossman Gregory Cunningham Jessica Curwin Charlene Davis Geoff deJong Jennifer Delahunt Cara Duffy David Dugas Melissa Edgett Valerie Fay Cory Fevens Erika Foran Tanya Godbout Gary Goodwin Kaitlyn Guinan Candace Hardy Sheena Hatchard Adam Hayward Christopher Johnson

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Joy Laughlin Chantal Lavigne Paula Lawrence Marcel LeBlanc Jared Lutes Winston MacEarchern Joshua MacIsaac Angela Marks Tyson McGee Sheila McKee Tara Ashley McLean Amy Merrithew Ashley Merrithew Amanda Milke Jonathan Milke Katie Moase Megan Morehouse Rachel Morrison Kristal Dawn Murray Trevor Nason Leslie Neilson Joy Nickerson Carolyn Pyke Angeline Quek Tanja Rakic Gregory Reicker Rebecca Ridlington

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Michael Robins Nicholas Ross Stephanie Ross Tara Saulnier Nikki Sherlock Jennifer Smith Kirk Smith Lydia Smith Matthew Steeper Tasha Steeves Thomas Sudbury Sean Sullivan Danielle Swanton Katie Vance Ian VanHaren Julie Vasseur Tiffany Vautour Heather Ward Graham Ware Candace Webster Jillian Whalen Kenneth Williams Amanda I.L. Wilson Miah Wilson Christine Windley Brenda Young

Scholarships Chris Johnson - 1960-1964 Alumni Bursary Recipient The alumni of classes 1960-64 have taken the initiative to create a bursary for current students at ABU. This year’s 1960-1964 Bursary of $500 was awarded to a very deserving young man who is furthering his studies at Atlantic Baptist University in the Science program. His name is Christopher Johnson, and he has finished his second year of study, majoring in Biology. He is involved in many extracurricular activities, including the Drama Society’s production of The Mousetrap, and he is an excellent student, as any of his professors will gladly tell you. Chris hails from Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.

Andrew Robinson - Town of Riverview Scholarship Recipient Andrew Robinson, current student enroled to complete both his B.A. in Biblical Studies and a Youth Leadership Certificate was the recent recipient of the Town of Riverview Student Scholarship established to recognize a worthy student who resides in Riverview, NB or a graduate of Riverview High School. The scholarship of $3,000 was created to be a positive influence on “today’s” students and recognize the importance of assisting its citizens in acquiring quality formal higher education.

Geoff deJong - Acadia Divinity College Scholarship Recipient After four and a half years, Geoff deJong has graduated from ABU with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Biblical Studies (with distinction) and the Youth Leadership Certificate. Geoff and his family recently learned the exciting news that Acadia Divinity College has granted him with a three-year scholarship totalling $15,000 starting in the fall. Geoff will continue his tradition of pastoring during his studies – Forest Glen and The Glades Baptist Churches during his time at ABU – and assume the role of pastor of Newport United Baptist Church. He and his family will be moving to Scotch Village, NS, this summer.

David Vance - Carleton University Scholarship Recipient David Vance, a 2006 History graduate of Atlantic Baptist University, has received a generous scholarship package in excess of $25,000 from the Graduate Studies and Research Department of Carlton University, Ottawa. Vance’s studies will center in the area of Canadian Religious History allowing him to further his research on evangelist, Charles Templeton, who later turned agnostic. “David is one example of ABU’s growing number of graduates who are experiencing generous invitations from graduate programs across the country and around the world” said Academic Vice President Dr. Seth Crowell. “We tell our students, if they can do well at ABU, they will do well anywhere. It is great to see Dave have this opportunity to put this statement to the test.”

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Programs ALPS Celebrates Fifth Anniversary


anuary 22nd, 2006, marked the Adult Learner Professional Studies (ALPS) program’s 5th year anniversary. Since its inception in 2001, the ALPS program has had 155 students enrol in its accelerated full-time evening program and can boast 59 accomplished graduates so far – including many professional leaders from within our Greater Moncton community.

“The completion of my degree has given me confidence both personally and professionally.” – Marilyn West, Cohort 3 ALPS Graduate

“As a result of completing the O.M. degree (combined with my previous experience), I was able to enter a Masters proCohort 9 students and ABU staff enjoying a meal together at gram in Counselling East Side Mario’s Restaurant. Psychology. The O.M. The ALPS program to date has provided In a 2006 survey, ALPS graduates were experience engendered a significant mature individuals the opportunity to asked the question, “How has completing motivation (in me) to focus my learncomplete a Bachelor of Arts degree in your Organizational Management degree ing efforts.” Organizational Management (O.M.) in a through ALPS helped you in your career, – Roy Gould, Cohort 7 ALPS Grad24-month period. This full-time program volunteer life, etc.? Below are a few of uate allows adult learners to attend classes in the answers this question produced: the evenings while still maintaining their Adult learners in the O.M. program apply “It has allowed me to continue my employment responsibilities during the to join a cohort (with a maximum of 15 education and move into a new posiday. This curriculum which is equal to individuals) and continue with this group tion that required a degree. I use the the final two years of a four year Bachfor the entire program. Cohorts 14 and information I gained in the business elor of Arts degree, trains students to 15 are beginning in June and September courses at ABU on a daily basis. be better managers (perhaps the most of 2006. If you are interested in completOverall it has greatly improved my sought after human resource!) through a ing your degree, Now is the time! For work life.” combination of business administration more information, please contact Kate – Carolyn Thorne, Cohort 5 ALPS and humanities courses. Adult learners Fahey, ALPS Admissions AdministraGraduate graduate from this program with an untor at 858-8970, ext. 143 or e-mail her at derstanding of the business environment to find out how to and the people within it. apply.

2006 ALPS Survey Results 100% of ALPS graduates surveyed said they would complete their degree through ALPS if they were to do it all over again. 75% of ALPS graduates are pursuing or interested in pursuing post undergraduate studies. Some of these programs include the following: • • • • •

Masters in Business Administration Masters in Management Sciences Masters in Health Administration Masters in Public Administration Masters in Education

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Masters in Adult Education Certified General Accountant Certified Managerial Accountant Bachelor of Education

Programs ALPS Set to Offer Advanced Education Courses ED6136 - Reading in the Content Areas

ANNOUNCING… The Adult Learner Professional Studies department at ABU will be offering a package of Advanced Education courses in October 2006.

ED6216 - Writing Instruction in the Inc-lusive Classroom ED6346 - Literacy and Technology: Connections for Teaching and Learning

This package will provide teachers who hold a Certificate 5 with the Department of Education the opportunity to advance to a Certificate 6 based on the following criteria determined by the Office of Teacher Certification with the New Brunswick Department of Education. A teacher may complete 30 credit hours of graduate level work, all in the same subject discipline (a teachable area). For example, 30 credit hours in the field of technology, all done at the graduate level, will secure a Certificate 6.  ABU’s new Education offering will consist of five 6000-level, 6 credit hour courses (total 30 credit hours) focussed on the subject area of Literacy with an emphasis on Inclusion. These areas are of great importance in the education realm and have received recent attention in the Quality Learning Agenda, New Brunswick’s Prosperity Plan and by being highlighted in the MacKay Report , a New Brunswick Department of Education study. Reading is the basic foundation for further learning. Students who cannot read are disadvantaged in their overall learning, and at risk for eventually dropping out of school. We will do everything possible to ensure

all children can read at an appropriate level by the end of grade two. ABU has also received confirmation from the Office of Teacher Certification that this package of courses will also allow teachers holding a Certificate 4 to advance to a Certificate 5 level.

The first Advanced Education course to be offered in October 2006 will be: ED6106 - Addressing the Needs of Struggling Readers in Inclusive Classrooms

The course structure will be similar to the current B.A. in Organizational Management program; however, the classes will run on Saturday mornings instead of in the evenings. All courses will be taught in the module format with ten 4-hour morning classes. Each student will be responsible to attend class and complete 15-20 hours of work outside of class each week. This 50-week program can be taken in its entirety or students can choose to take the courses they need now and pick up the other modules the next time they are offered. “As I visit with our B.Ed. Teacher Interns in District 2 schools, I am asked on a regular basis, when ABU is going to be providing the opportunity for teachers to take course work to advance their certification. The need and demand is great. I am thrilled that ABU is moving in this direction to continue impacting the students, teachers and schools of our community in a positive fashion.” - Bryan Taylor, Associate Professor of Education for ABU

ca/teacher_certification /teacher_cert5.html. Prepared by Nancy Roach, Director of Professional Development for the New Brunswick Teacher’s Association, February, 2006.

ED6126 - Language and Reading: Development, Processes and Remediation

If you are interested in learning more about this package of Advanced Education courses or if would like to find out how you can enrol for the courses listed above, please contact Amy Lean MacArthur, Director of ALPS, at or by calling 858-8970, Ext. 162. Please note, space is limited to 20 individuals per course.

“Inclusive Education: A Review of Programming

“Quality Learning Agenda, New Brunswick’s

Amy Lean MacArthur, ALPS Director

 “Certification Update”, http://www.nbta.

and Services in New Brunswick.” Prepared by A. Wayne MacKay, AWM Legal Consulting, January, 2006.

Individuals who enrol for the entire 30 credit hours package will also have the opportunity to cover such topics as:

Prosperity Plan, 2002-2012. Policy Statement on K-12: Quality Schools, High Results.” Prepared by the Province of New Brunswick, 2002

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Donor Relations Why Christian Higher Education?


ased on his own work and a study conducted by George Fox University professor Dr. Gary Railsback, Dr. Steve Henderson, President of Christian Consulting for Colleges and Ministries Inc., determined that more than 52% of students entering a secular university and identifying themselves as born-again will no longer identify themselves as born-again four years later. Although no Christian college or university can guarantee that it will be a perfect place for all who enrol, studies found that those attending public universities experience nearly four times the drop in church attendance and fifteen times the drop in overall spirituality compared to those attending independent-Protestant institutions (Christian Higher Educational Colleges and Universities). Overall church attendance is still the most important factor for measuring and predicting the current and long-term religious commitment of people of all ages. Christian universities are part of the support mechanism to help our youth grow in Christ and be

confident in answering “for the hope that is within them” (1 Peter 3:15). A Christian Higher Education can provide support for students in many ways. Relationships are an important part of any educational experience. Students away from home for the first time will find relational aspects of their education even more crucial. A Christian university is uniquely equipped to provide positive relationships for its students. A Christian university should also teach from a biblical worldview. Ultimately, there is little point in attending a university that calls itself “Christian” if it does not approach all truth as being from God. This is a potential strength as well as a challenge to Christian universities. A biblical worldview will see God as the source of truth in science, history, and all other disciplines. Christians believe that God made all things and that He knows them intimately. Therefore, His lordship over our studies is not limited to biblical studies.

Not all students have the same needs, not even all Christian students. For many, though, a Christian university will be the right choice. A Christian university can provide a positive educational experience and a strong biblical foundation for all the things God will call upon them to do in the years that follow. “Not only do students normally reflect the values of the college professors of their senior year, but they also tend to reflect these same values 25 years later,” says Dr. Henderson, as he affirms the ongoing value of Christian Higher Education. We are thankful to God for the opportunity Atlantic Baptist University has been given to influence young people for Christ as they leave home for the first time to face the challenges of post secondary education. Roland M. Rackham Vice President for Advancement

Listed Securities’ Advantage On May 2, 2006 the Federal Government announced in the budget very positive changes to the taxation of listed securities that are donated to a charity. Previously, 25% of the capital gain (rather than the 50% if you sold the security) was to be included for tax purposes where listed securities were donated directly to a registered charity. Cost Of Security

Current Value

Taxable Capital Gain




Taxable Gain (If Donated) $0

There is now no tax payable on capital gains attributed to listed securities donated directly to charities.

Do You Own Aliant or BCE Shares? There is a good possibility that as a result of the exchange (scheduled to take place shortly) of Aliant shares for shares in an Aliant Income Trust, you may be facing significant capital gains. There may be an opportunity to reduce the impact of this transaction by donating some of these shares to a charity. Contact your financial advisor to find out how this may affect you or feel free to contact Roland Rackham, CFP, CH.F.C., Vice President for Advancement at ABU for more information ( or call 863-6436).

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Faculty/Staff What is the Price for Success?


ince moving to a new campus on the Gorge Road in 1996, ABU has opened its doors to an increasing number of students. Students are coming not just from Atlantic Canada, but from New England, across Canada, and around the world. By 2000, there were 380 FTE (full time equivalent) students in classes. We continue to grow, and today we are accommodating 713 FTE students (fall of 2005) by being very innovative in scheduling courses and securing adequate classroom space.

Is the time right for an expansion? The administration and Board of Governors are exploring all options. In order to make informed decisions, the Board has undertaken a survey to measure the response to an expansion proposal.

Although ABU has ample room to expand (200 acres), we take seriously our responsibility to be financially accountable and good stewards of the resources God has given to us. Currently, we are maximizing our use of space and time, but we are quickly running out of options.

Is there a price for success? Certainly, there is a cost. Can we just sit back and decide that the cost is too high? What would be the price of that decision? Are we prepared to turn away students desirous of learning through a Christian worldview, or will we

ABU is strategically placed in Atlantic Canada and fulfils a very important mission. It is the largest Christian University east of Hamilton, Ontario. Our desire is to seek God’s will in all aspects of university operations.

find ways to welcome all who seek our leadership and teaching? ABU is prepared to continue delivering “quality university education firmly rooted in the Christian faith.” The solution to Atlantic Baptist University’s growth and possible expansion lies in seeking God’s will and acting on it. Please pray that the administration and Board of Governors will be empowered with God’s wisdom as the research continues into the viability of an expansion program. If you are asked, would you be willing to “pay a price” for the sake of our young people and the Kingdom? Roland M. Rackham Vice President for Advancement

Faculty and Staff Updates Robert Williams, one of ABU’s professors of psychology, will be examining the preservation and decline of the abilities in persons afflicted with dementias in cooperation with Laurence A. French, Ph.D., of Grambling State University and Richard B. Ferrell, M.D., of the Dartmouth Medical School. The data for the study was obtained from the records of residents of nursing homes in a northeastern and southwestern state in the United States. Their interest is in the abilities of concentration, recent memory, past memory, orientation, and self-care. ABU’s Associate Professor of English, Greg Maillet, presented a paper called “The Aesthetics of Literary Conversion,” for the Christianity and Literature Study Group. Organized by Dr. Barbara Pell of Trinity Western University, for the past twenty years this study group has been meeting at the annual meeting of ACCUTE, the Association of Canadian University Teachers of English, which

meets annually at the Congress of Social Sciences and Humanities meeting. This year’s conference was May 27-30, at York University in Toronto. This past May was a busy month for Keith Bodner, professor of Religious Studies at ABU. He presented “Go Figure: Narrative Strategies for a New Generation,” at Tyndale University College for Figured Out: Figuration in Biblical Interpretation. This was then followed up with his work entitled “Some Advantages of Recycling: Jacob in a Later Environment,” which was presented at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies, Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities, York University. Zhan Yang, Assistant Professor of Biology, is dedicating her summer to cellular research and has been invited to the scientific facilities at Dalhousie University to do so. Her research is specifically exploring mast cells, which play an important role in allergic diseases such as asthma.

Congratulations to Neil, Assistant Professor of Psychology, & Heidi Soggie, Director of Student Development, on the birth of their third child, Ayden Anakim Thorolf, born on November 7, 2005.

Welcome is extended to Scott Murray who has joined ABU’s maintenance department.

Congratulations to Kate Fahey (’02) on two accounts. Kate has become the new ALPS Admissions Administrator. As well as at the end of 2005, she earned her CTM through the Toastmasters Educational Program, which is offered at ABU.

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Student Life ABU Signs New Agreement with Oxford University


resident Brian MacArthur and Academic VP Seth Crowell were expecting to discuss the renewal of ABU’s agreement with Oxford University during their recent visit to England, but instead they came back with a “done deal.” “The meeting went very smoothly,” says Dr. Crowell, referring to their meeting with Dr. Paul Fiddes, Principal of Regent’s Park College, Oxford University. “We discussed the details, negotiated changes, and inked the new deal right then and there.” The “new deal” is an indefinite extension of the agreement that allows ABU students to study as associate students of Regent’s Park College, the Baptist college of Oxford University, and to have access to the vast resources of Oxford’s Bodleian Library.

impression during job interviews and on graduate school applications; they are the envy of their friends.” And who wouldn’t be envious? This year’s students had the chance to study drama and Shakespeare with British and Canadian experts, visit historic castles and abbeys, and see plays performed in Stratford, Oxford, and London. To top it off, a number of students spent their midterm break at the Olympic Games in Italy. “It was definitely worth it,” says student Christy MacPhail. “I’d do it again in a heartbeat!”

Dr. Douglas Mantz, founder of the programme, says the new contract is wonderful for ABU. “There is nothing like the Oxford experience, and having this relationship with Regent’s Park gives our students so many opportunities, both during and after the programme.” Programme Director Graeme Ching agrees. “I frequently get calls or emails from former ABU-Oxford participants telling me how their experience in England has made a significant

Student Development Helps Students Expand Experience community. In support of ABU’s mission, the Student Development department strives to challenge, encourage, and equip students to grow in faith, integrity, confidence and leadership.


f only charting your life could be as simple as a five-year-old’s decision to become a Rescue Hero or Spiderman. Today, the choices available in terms of career opportunities are endless. This is both a blessing and a hardship as the challenge to choose a career is like no other time in history. Match this with the reality of gaining experience in order to obtain employment. It is with those thoughts that the Student Development Department seek to offer opportunities for students to expand their experience as they pursue their education. In order to discover more about who they are, the learning continues outside the classroom, as well, through such activities as daily

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chapel gatherings, involvement in athletics, wellness programs, residence life, the first-year students’ program, Student Government, and much more. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunities available at ABU, and to get involved on campus and within the

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Here is a glimpse of some of the programs and services that were offered at ABU this last year: • Career guidance • Community and Wellness Fair • Life Keys small group • Wellness workshops • Writing centre • Study sessions • Daily chapels


Blue Tide Athletic Award Winners Athletes of the Year: 2005-2006 Male: Joshua MacLeod - Men’s Basketball Female: Sheila McKee - Women’s Basketball

Women’s Soccer: Most Valuable Player: Darby Thibodeau Rookie of the Year: Natalie LeBlanc Christian Leadership Award: Monica Downing Most Improved: Sarah MacDonald

Men’s Basketball: Most Valuable Player: Jeff Vass Rookie of the Year: Nick Carter Christian Leadership Award: Joel Haines Most Improved: Joshua MacLeod

Women’s Basketball: Most Valuable Player: Sheila McKee Rookie of the Year: Amy Barter Christian Leadership Award: Esther Hamming Most Improved: Sarah Turner ACAA Top Gun Leading Scorer in the ACAA averaging 14.4 ppg: Esther Hamming

ABU invites you to participate in this summer’s ABU Golf Classic. All proceeds from the tournament will go to support the Alumni and Friends Athletic Scholarship Fund, available to qualifying athletes applying for studies at ABU. We are excited to run this event at Pine Needles GCC (River Course), located just east of Shediac.

The Details

Date: June 22nd, 2006 Registration: 8:30-9:45 am Tee-Off: 10:00 am Texas Scramble Cost: $125.00 per person (portion receiptable) Place: Pine Needles GCC (River Course)

Entry Fee Includes Green Fees Golf Cart Steak BBQ Ticket Prize Opportunities

Entry Deadline: June 15, 2006

For More Information

Call Gilda at 1-888-968-6228 or e-mail - Spring 2006

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Alumni News

From the Alumni Office


ugs, laughter, tears, handshakes, and pride are all synonymous with ABU alumni relations. What a wonderful privilege to be an alumnus from UBBTS, ABC or ABU! Your educational experience should have been one that offered you not only a quality education that opened further doors, but also an

experience that blessed you with lifelong friends and changed and challenged you personally for life’s journey. Being an alumnus myself (’83, ’03), I realize that ABU’s continued growth gives me a reason to be very proud of this school. As a recent Distinguished Alumnus shared, “I don’t consider myself a distinguished alumnus but a ‘blessed’ alumnus.” Keep in touch with your alma mater!

You are what made this university what it is today and can continue to shape ABU for future generations. I urge you to get involved to re-kindle the connection we all had during our days at UBBTS, ABC or ABU. Watch for details of upcoming events on the university’s website, www., and help continue to strengthen ABU Alumni Relations. Gilda Ryder, Manager Advancement/Alumni Relations

Defining Memories: Senior Class Reception 2006


ostalgia. Anticipation. These two emotions engulfed the grads who attended the second annual Senior Class Reception on April 22, 2006. Gilda Ryder, Manager for Advancement/Alumni Relations, opened the evening explaining the night’s purpose was to honour the perseverance and success of the graduates and enable them to fondly reminisce over their ABU experiences. The key address came from alumnus Wayne Silliker (’04), a current law student at UNB. This was followed by an inspirational challenge from this year’s Honour Society Award recipient, David Vance. Both addresses emphasized the rare love and support from both students and staff at ABU and encouraged each graduate to go out with confidence in God’s grace. Other highlights included humorous memories from several graduates including Sarah Hudgins (Biology major), Lindsay Stewart (Business Administration major), and Rebecca Ridlington (English major) as they recounted “a day in the life of their respective major” at ABU. Many laughs were shared as comparable majors fully understood the stories related by their peers. After indulging in the long-awaited cheesecake, we had an opportunity to write down defining moments/special memoirs to fel-

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low students and faculty. All of us found it difficult to contain our many fond recollections and anecdotes to a small notecard! These were placed in a time capsule, along with memorabilia special to the year 2006, not to be opened again for 25 years.

The evening drew to a close as Dr. Brian MacArthur impressed upon us his confidence in each graduate. His comments, coupled with Dr. Ted Newell’s succeeding toast, stirred in us a desire to always remember and invest in this place where we developed our worldview, and where

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faculty and staff invested in us in such a profound way. Jenn Sutherland’s toast back to the faculty and staff echoed all of our own sentiments as she touchingly expressed our respect for the many who prayed for us, left their door open unconditionally, gave us extensions, answered our questions, inspired us and loved us. She made special mention of the unbelievable support we received during the passing of fellow graduate Kate Doucet. We will never forget the way in which the faculty and staff rallied around us with prayer, advice, and Christ-like compassion. As the evening concluded with pictures, address exchanges, and hugs a sense of renewed confidence was present. We knew that graduation brings great joy and accomplishment, yet when we are leaving a place such as ABU, the excitement to take the next step in our lives is intertwined with profound memories. The events of the evening were an inimitable reminder to always hold these memories dear to our hearts and to recognize the importance of investing in the students to come. Ultimately, we knew that for us, the time had come to press on as transformed people. The same God who brought us to ABU will now take us to greater heights as we follow Him. Cara Duffy (’06), Grad Class Representative

Alumni News Alumnus Excavates at Ancient Sodom The following is an excerpt from David Graves (’77), ABU’s Director of Computer and Information Security Officer, on his recent archaeological dig near the Jordan Valley. The implications of this team’s findings are sure to spread throughout the archaeological world, into the future of biblical studies, and even throughout most newsrooms. It is always exciting when we have the chance to watch history happen through the eyes of a fellow alumnus.


ntil Dec 25, 2005, I had never worked on an archaeological dig. I’ve taught several archaeology courses, and been fascinated by archaeology since my first course in my undergraduate program, but never had the privilege of getting my hands dirty. However, while in Philadelphia at a Near East Archaeological Society meeting in November of 2005, I bumped into a friend, Mike Luddenni. Mike, who is a photographer for Bible and Spade magazine, was asked to take photographs at a dig in Jordan which is believed to be Sodom. He sent me some information, and I found myself on my first dig! It was an incredible experience to be part of the first season of this historic site. The Tall el-Hammam Excavation Project (TeHEP) is sponsored by Trinity Southwest University under the direction of Dr. Steven Collins. Tall el-Hammam lies

on the south side of the Wadi Kafrain between the foothills and the South-east side of the Jordan Valley. The site is over one-mile long and 150 feet high. It is a strategic site both in ancient and modern times overlooking the “circular district” (Hebrew kikkar) of the Jordan Valley and directly across the eastern side of the disk from Jericho (Genesis 13:3, 10–11). The site has a significant Middle Bronze Age (2000-1550 BC) layer which would date to the time of Abraham and Lot and an underlying occupation (Early Bronze Age 3300-2300 BC) matching the description of Genesis 10. I met many great team members and worked hard each day hauling dirt, laying out squares, making top drawings, and running the Ground Penetrating Radar. If Tell el-Hammam is the city of Sodom then one would expect to find evidence of a fire at a very early date. The third day I was

working on the city wall, I found char and lots of it. According to the identification of the pottery evidence, the char was located at the Middle Bronze Age level. I had goose bumps! I discovered that this site was indeed destroyed by fire during the time of Abraham and Lot. Also, if it is Sodom then we should expect to find no occupation for a few centuries (Moses found the area to be an uninhabited wasteland in Numbers 21:20). We found no evidence of any Late Bronze Age occupation which is a phenomenon for all of the sites in the Jordan Valley “circular district.” Dr. Collins proposes that “the legitimate discovery of the Cities of the [Jordan] Disk, as the Bible calls them, would provide compelling evidence that at least the historical/geographical fabric of Genesis is factual. Further, such a discovery would be one of the most important biblicallyrelated archaeological finds in history.” This is not the first time that Sodom has been claimed to be found. Albright and Wright believe them to be under the Dead Sea and Dr. Bryant Wood, whom I studied under, proposed Bahb edh-Dhra’ but they are “too early and in the wrong place” according to Dr. Collins. I have to agree. I have signed up for another season and will be returning as a square supervisor to see what else will be found. Photos by David Graves

“During the dig, we discovered large amounts of pottery, cooking pots, a Cypro-Phoenician olive oil jug, jars containing charred grain, a cultic stand/chalice, two ancient skeletons, grindstones, and mortar and pestles.”

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Stanley McNutt (’55) has recently retired from the Ontario Provincial Police. He and his wife have 3 children and continue living in Ontario. A few alumni from the classes of 19551959 met together on April 28, 2006 for an informal dinner at the home of Annabel Lewis, Riverview, NB.

L-R: Barb (Dickie) Chambers, Janet (Prosser) Teed, Muriel (Mollins) Ayles, Irene (Graham) Ferguson, Deanna (Dobson) Knapper, Joyce (Stanley) Kennedy, Rosalind (McGowan) Jeffreys, Annabel (Hayes) Lewis, Norma (Roulston) Melvin, Joyce (Dibblee) Somerville

Living in Columbus, Ohio, Gloria (Messenger) Lusher (’58) and husband, Stan Lusher, retired from nursing and teaching. Proud parents of three daughters, Gloria writes; “Tamara has been a story artist for Disney for many years. She has drawn 12 feature films beginning with Beauty and the Beast. She has just sold to George Lucas (the creator of Star Wars) a movie that she has developed. Her husband, Michael Stocker, is an Animator for Pixar. Watch for the movie Cars! They are the parents of our grandchildren Hayden (5), and Ellery (3). Our daughter Julie returned from the Peace Corps in Russia to marry Andy Rotherham, who was the special assistant to President Clinton in the White House in Educa-

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tion Policy. They are expecting TWINS in March! Lindsey, just 25, continues to study Opera and Classical Vocal music and is doing a graduate program in Environmental Policy at Bard University. She plans to save us all!! My love and fond memories to each of you! Hope to see you in ’07.” Paul (’64) and Myfanwy (Bennett) (’62) Saunders are currently living in Peoria, Illinois, and truly believe their days at UBBTS prepared them for the ministries in which God has used them over the years. Paul held many ministerial positions before settling into his job as Administrative Assistant to the Executive Director of Peoria Rescue Ministries in 1997. In 2004, after 17 years of directing the Women’s Pregnancy Center for Peoria Rescue Mission, Myfanwy took on the responsibility of Director of Women’s Ministries. June 2005 saw Paul resigned from his long held job because of his ongoing battle with terminal cancer. He now volunteers, as able, both with Peoria Ministries and his church and continues to rely on God’s strength and faithfulness as he and Myfanwy reflect on the exciting life God has granted them. Ruth (Armstrong) Fair (’70), now living in Ft. Worth, Texas, is enjoying her new position at Keller High School teaching Digital Graphics and Animation. Ruth attended UBBTS, graduating as Valedictorian of her class in 1970. She and husband, Connie, are settling into their new home, and are taking much pleasure in the fact that they now live closer to their four grandchildren. Bruce Thompson (’81) has been living in Ottawa, Ontario, for the past twenty years since graduating from ABC. He is currently the Member Services Manager for an association in the Canadian seed industry called SeCan, which distributes and promote publicly developed crop varieties in Canada. He and his wife Debra have a five-year-old son named Benjamin. After his one year at ABC, Tim Sanford (’85) continued his education at the Halifax

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Business Academy and moved to Ontario. Although he had not originally planned on settling there, Tim has remained in Ontario for the past 16 years and continues to work at the Archives of Ontario. Dave Butler (’85) is now residing in Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia, and is engaged to be married in the near future. He is presently working for an agency in Nova Scotia servicing computers as well as installing kitchen cabinets. He remembers fondly the friends made during his days at ABC and enjoys seeing a few of them from time to time. After leaving ABC, Mark Bradley (’86) completed his M.Div. at Acadia University and moved to Chicago where he and his wife, Heather, have adopted four children (Dante (15), Chris (10), Destin (9), and Hilton (5)). While in Chicago, he has completed a D.Min. program in Pastoral Care at Northern Baptist Seminary. He currently holds the position of Director of Outreach and Health Ministry for “The Night Ministry” organization. Bruce Fawcett (’88) was recently awarded a Ph.D. in Practical Theology by the University of Wales. He and his wife, Penny (Garneau) (’94), continue to live near Saint John, N.B, with their two children where Bruce serves as Director of Youth and Family Ministries, and Director of Communications for the Convention of Atlantic Baptist Churches and Director of the Youth Ministry Program at Acadia Divinity College. Lynn Merriam (’88) has recently accepted the position of pastor at New Hope Assembly in Blind River, Ontario. He and his wife, Tina (Hetherington) (’88), moved to Northern Ontario in January. Congratulations to Lorianne (Foster) Sveinson (’90) who has recently finished her education and become a licensed electrician. Lorianne is currently living in Grand Manan, NB, with her husband, Svein.

Alumni News After completing his time at ABU, Jonathan Wilson (’91) continued his education and graduated from Queens University in 1994. He is currently the Business Development Manager for Panasonic Canada and as of late is spending much of his time promoting products such as electronic components for cars to the automotive market. Jonathan lives in Ontario with his wife, Crissy, and four year old daughter, Laurel. Rachel (Wilson) Dickinson (’92, staff ’96’99) and John Dickinson (staff ’96-’99) have settled in the United Kingdom. John has been the Secretary of the Office for the Associated Institutions at the University of Lancaster since April 2000; he is in charge of Lancaster’s relationships with other institutions. Rachel defended her two-volume Ph.D. on the Victorian art and social critic John Ruskin last summer, and began a three-year post-doctoral research fellowship on Ruskin in October 2005. She formally graduated from the University of Lancaster in December 2005. This spring, they bought their first home, a converted barn in a village near Lancaster, with beautiful views across the English countryside. On the 9th of May 2006, Rachel was sworn in as a British Citizen (John was born in England). After his ordination in September of 2005 at Oromocto Baptist Church, Rob Weaver (’93) began the new year at his new post as pastor at Wilson’s Beach United Baptist Church. He and wife, Suzanne (Hartling) (’91), are now settling into life on Campobello Island with their four children – Nathan (10), Jordan (8), Audrey (5), and Hollie (4). Rev. Daniel Walton (’96) has recently become the new pastor of Jemseg Baptist Church. Danny graduated from ABU in 1996 with a Bachelor of Arts in English. He is currently living in Jemseg and is enjoying his new post. Since graduating from ABU in 1997, Shane Flanagan has received his Master of Divinity (’03) and Master of Theology

(’05) from Acadia University. He is currently working as the District Office Administrator for the BC/ Yukon District of Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada in Langley BC – a job he began in the summer of 2003. He and his wife, Dr. Priti Thomas, were married in 2000 and live in Langley with their first child Liam, born in May of 2005. Dave (’98) and Nancy (Parsons) (’98) Ossinger are currently living in Chilliwack, BC, with their two children: four year old Jacob and six month old Julia. Dave has recently graduated from Seminary in 2005 and continues working with the RCMP where he is presently posted to the street crimes unit in Chilliwack. Nancy completed her M.A. in Counselling Psychology from Trinity Western in 2001 and is enjoying her position as the Supervisor of Chilliwack Addiction and Prevention Services.

Congratulations to Julie (Hall) Dupuis (’01) who was married July 2, 2005, to Jaydee Dupuis in New Carlisle, Quebec. Julie graduated from ABU with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology in 2001, and was an Admissions Counselor for the University in 2003-04. She and Jaydee are now residing in Upper-Coverdale, NB. Sarah (Laidlaw) Moss (’03) was married September 3, 2005, at Lewisville Baptist Church in Moncton, NB, to Jeremy Moss. Sarah graduated with a Bachelor of Business

Administration degree and is currently working as an office assistant in Moncton. Congratulations to Sarah (Parker) Nason (’04) who was married October 15, 2005, to John Nason at the Moncton Wesleyan Church. Sarah graduated from ABU with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and is currently living in Moncton, NB. Congratulations to Shannon Crowell, daughter of ABU’s V.P. of Academic Affairs, Seth Crowell (’73), and wife, Dawn (former Music Director and Professor of Music), on her marriage to Darrell Nevers on December 29, 2005, at Brentwood Baptist Church in Moncton, NB. Both Shannon and Darrell are current students at ABU and had an array of past and present students stand with them on their special day.

Rob (’96) and Timna (’99) Briggs are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Evan Cormac Briggs. He was born on June 20, 2005, in Moncton, NB, and is Rob and Timna’s first child.

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Alumni News Congratulations to Andrew and Sheila (Henry) (’00) King on their baby girl, Callia Sheila Marilyn King, born on January 1, 2006, in Fredericton, NB. Callia holds the proud title of “first baby of the new year” born in the Fredericton area! Congratulations to Rob (’02) and Melissa (Stewart) Heffernan (’02) on the birth of their first child, Chelsea Ruth, on August 6, 2005. The Heffernan family now resides in Vancouver, BC, where Rob is completing his Master of Divinity degree at Regent College. Congratulations to Emily (’05) and Andrew (’05) Belli who welcomed Miriam Elizabeth Belli into the world on February 17, 2005. The Belli’s are currently living in Ottawa, Ontario. Congratulations to Doug (’05) and Kayla (Roberts) (’05) Ramsay on the birth of their first son, Jonathan Patrick Nathaniel Ramsay. Jonathan was born May 6th, 2006. Doug and Kayla were married last July in Summerside, PEI.

Electronic-Newsletter For ABU Alums

On December 16, 2005, Natasha Lee Roop (’00) passed away. She was living in Middleton, NS, when tragically killed in a motor vehicle accident at age 30. Natasha graduated with an Associate of Arts degree as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and was involved in the French choir at the University. Natasha will be greatly missed by all those who knew her during her time at ABU. Juanita McKnight (’04) passed away on March 31, 2006, due to a pedestrian-car accident. Juanita graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration in 2004, and was truly a blessing to all who knew her. As president of the Business Society during her time at ABU, she gained much respect and admiration from fellow students, and demonstrated a genuine interest in the activities of the school. Juanita was employed as a disc jockey with 92-3 FRED-FM in Fredericton. She was 31.

ABU student, Kate Doucet, passed away in Moncton on April 10 at the age of 25. She was a strong asset to the student body as an active member of both public speaking and debate teams. She proudly represented ABU on many occasions throughout the Maritime Region as president of the Stasis Debate Club and was a key part in the success of local tournaments. During spring convocation Kate was awarded a posthumous degree in Communication Studies, which was accepted on her behalf by her cousin, Amy Flanagan.

60-64 Reunion Planned for September

Did you know that hundreds of ABU alums are now receiving the university’s newest electronic newsletter? If you would like to receive future issues, please e-mail and put “E-NEWS” in the subject line. Then watch for our summer e-newsletter in August with a subject line of:


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Roberta Murray, wife of Stuart Murray, former principal and president of UBBTS and ABC, passed away January 16, 2006, at the age of 83. Mrs. Murray was very active in working with students at UBBTS and ABC during her husband’s time with the institution, and, in 1999, was the recipient of the ABU Leadership Award. She was a strong supporter of ABU and will be missed greatly by all who knew her.

Spring 2006

Were you at UBBTS at any time in 1960-64? If so, please mark September 16-17, 2006 on your calendar and plan to attend this year’s reunion. It is being held in Tryon, PEI, and hosted by Dale and Marjorie (Gordon) Hicks and Gerry Sarcen. You are guaranteed to have a great time, and lots of opportunity for reminiscing with your former classmates. If you do not receive a letter with details concerning the reunion within the next six weeks, please contact Carol (Stanley) Thorne at or (506) 389-3623.

Distinguished Alumni Atlantic Baptist University is pleased to have presented the inaugural Distinguished Alumni Awards, on May 5, 2006, to Judge Gerald R. DeBow and Dr. Robert S. Wilson. The Distinguished Alumni Award celebrates the contributions Atlantic Baptist University’s alumni make to their communities and professions. It recognizes truly outstanding accomplishments of its alumni and the pride they bring to their alma mater. This award will be presented annually to ABU’s alumni. More photos can be viewed on the University website at


erald R. DeBow, having completed his high school education at the United Baptist Bible Training School (UBBTS) between 1956-1958 went on for undergraduate studies at Acadia University, completing his major in History in 1962. Gerry continued his studies at Acadia University through the Maritime School of Social Work; completing the degree Masters of Sociology in 1966. Further ambitious goals were accomplished with a move to Alberta to complete his Law degree from the University of Alberta in 1971. In Edmonton, Alberta, Gerry was employed in various areas of social service: Family Counseling, Child Protection, Juvenile Probation, and as an Adult Probation Officer. After launching a private law practice; Lennie-DeBow-Martin in 1971, Gerry’s continuous desire to serve

in the judicial system was realized with his appointment to the bench of the Alberta Provincial Court in 1984. His most recent accomplishment has been his election as President of the Alberta Provincial Court Judges Association in September 2005. Instrumental in building understanding between cultures, Gerry has proven his compassion for humanity in many ways, including his work with the Kainai nation; which lead to his being honored with the eagle feather and the Blood Tribe Nations’ Recognition. His exemplary service to the citizens of Alberta was recognized with the Alberta Centennial Medal. As mentor and teacher in the National Judicial Institute he continues to shape a new generation of leaders in this country. Gerry is a recipient of the Queen’s Jubilee Medal; an award that recognizes

that continued until 1970. While teaching Modern Britain and British History courses in 1970-1971, he started his doctoral studies in British History, obtaining his Ph.D. in 1973.


here are few individuals who have been as committed and supportive of Atlantic Baptist College/Atlantic Baptist University as Dr. Robert S. Wilson; known affectionately as ‘Dr. Bob.’ He received his High School education from 1960-1962 at the United Baptist Bible Training School (UBBTS) and, while studying, taught Mathematics part-time. After receiving his Bachelor of Arts in 1964 at Gordon College in Boston, he returned to UBBTS to teach High School History, Biology, Bible and Chemistry before enrolling in the Fall of 1965 at the University of Guelph, Ontario. Before completing his M.A. in History in 1967, Bob secured a graduate teaching assistantship at the University of Guelph

Dr. Bob once again returned to Atlantic Baptist College in 1971, serving as Academic Dean from 1971-1989, his title changing to Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs from 1989-1991. Bob accepted the appointment at Acadia Divinity College in 1991 as Associate Professor of Church History, being promoted to Professor of Church History in 1993. At A.D.C., Bob has invested his boundless energy and commitment to the ongoing development and success of yet another educational institution and continues to enjoy an accomplished career in academics currently serving as Associate Dean. A published author and wellknown religious historian, he has been highly involved in the leadership of the Convention of Atlantic Baptist Churches, having served in the honorary position of President in 1998-1999. His great contribution to the Church and the Academy has been previously recognized by ABU

citizens who have made outstanding and exemplary contribution to their community and country as a whole. Given to an alumnus for outstanding accomplishments and service, while encouraging and challenging other alumni to greater efforts and service, this inaugural Distinguished Alumni Award is presented this 5th day of May, 2006 to Judge Gerald R. DeBow. with the presentation in 1999 of the Atlantic Baptist University Leadership Award, primarily designed by Dr. Bob Wilson while serving at ABC as a means of honoring a wide variety of leaders. Given to an alumnus for outstanding accomplishments and service, while encouraging and challenging other alumni to greater efforts and service, this inaugural Distinguished Alumni Award is presented this 5th day of May, 2006, to Dr. Robert (Bob) S. Wilson.

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Upcoming Events June June 22 ABU Golf Classic See page 17 for more details! June 29 Ontario Alumi BBQ The tradition continues! 1950’s alums enjoy getting together each summer. Plan to attend with other 50’s alums on June 29. For more information on this summer’s gathering in the Scarborough area, contact Rosalind (McGowan) Jeffreys (’59) at

July/August July 3-7 Basketball Camp Ages 10-12 Girl’s 9am -12 pm Boy’s 1pm -4pm Half Day - Cost $85.00 July 10-14 Basketball Camp Ages 13-15 Girl’s 9am -12 pm Boy’s 1pm -4pm Half Day - Cost $85.00

July 15 Fredericton Alumni BBQ Alumni from the classes of 1982-2002 are invited to a BBQ at Dannie Brown’s (248 Killarney Road, Fredericton) at 3:00p.m. R.S.V.P. by e-mailing or e-mailing or phoning ABU Alumni Office at 888-968-6228 Ext. 6459 July 17-21 Soccer Camp Ages 8-12 Half Day-Cost $100.00 Ages 10-15 Full Day-Cost $150.00 Guest Coach for Week - Adrian Abbotts: 1st Division Professional Soccer player from England. Academy Coach in Norwich City, England.

September/October September 16-17 Classes of 1960-1964 Reunion See page 22 for more details! September 22 & 23 Alumni Softball Tournament Check website at for information

November/December November 4 Fall Convocation

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November Halifax Alumni Reception Details and mailing to follow

January/February 2007 February Moncton Alumni Reception Details and mailing to follow

March/April 2007 March 16 & 17 Alumni Basketball Tournament April 14 Senior Class Reception

May/June 2007 May 4 Distinguished Alumni Award Reception May 5 Spring Convocation May Yarmouth Alumni Reception Details and mailing to follow June ABU Golf Classic

July/August 2007 August 11 Classes of 1955-1959 Reunion Send ideas and suggestions to: Annabel Lewis at:

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