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Inside: Presidentâ€™s Report ......................................2 The Growth Factor ....................................5 Scholarship News .......................................7 Alumni Updates...........................................8 The Growing Edge
12 Fall 2003, Volume 15Page Issue
From the President’s Desk While enrollment statistics and financial standing are important growth indicators, the greater excitement is what happens with students. The mission of ABU is that of transforming lives through “quality university education firmly rooted in the Christian faith.”
Dr. Brian D. MacArthur
t is my pleasure to share with you news of continuing growth at Atlantic Baptist University. The 2002-2003 academic year has been a period of significant progress on many fronts. Enrollment continued to rise at an accelerated rate. Following a 30% increase in the 2001-2002 academic year (380 Full Time Equivalency to 500 FTE), enrollment increased another 11.8% in 2002-2003 (500 FTE to 559 FTE). Statistics are as of June 30th each year and include spring courses. Projections for the 2003-2004 academic year are in excess of 600 FTE. The dramatic decrease in capital indebtedness noted in our Annual Report last year, because of a $2.8 million dollar contribution by the Province of New Brunswick for capital debt reduction, has helped to positively impact the operational statement this year. The Condensed Financial Statements included in this report show that the accumulated operating deficit has been reduced by 25% (from $714,794 to $537,967). This is a significant step forward as we seek to accommodate numerical and program growth while strengthening the overall financial standing of the University.
ABU’s academic standards are evident in the success of our graduates, whether they enter the workforce or go on to graduate school. You will enjoy reading about some of our students in this edition of the Growing Edge; stories of how lives have been impacted by the education offered at ABU, by the professors who teach in our classrooms, the friendships made, and the overall Christian environment. At Convocation on May 3rd, 2003, 91 degrees in Arts, Science, Business, and Education were awarded to graduates. The Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management was awarded for the first time to students who had successfully completed the ALPS (Adult Learner Professional Studies) program, an innovative degree completion program for students who are employed full-time, enter with the equivalent of two years university education, and are available for evening courses. It was a pleasure for me to visit with some of these students (age range of 25 to 50+) during their final class and seminar presentations. The excitement was contagious as the Cohorts who had studied together for two years celebrated their mutual achievements. For some, attaining a university degree has been a life long dream. ABU is not only about students, faculty, and staff, but also about those of you who partner with us in this great mission in education. Please celebrate with us the good things that God is choosing to do through ABU, as we seek to instill in our students the truth of our signature verse – Colossians 1:18b, “that in all things he (Christ) might have the preeminence.”
Pictured on front cover: Back row (l-r) Jessica Dempster, Lorie Ward, Amy Hendsbee, David Cook, Jennifer Marr, Frank Vincent, Gilda Ryder; Front row (l-r) Ralph Taylor, Julie Hall, Roland Rackham, Scott Ryder
The Growing Edge is the newsletter of Atlantic Baptist University. Its purpose is to inform alumni, donors and friends about the University and to keep them in touch with the life of ABU, its family and friends. Alumni letters, unsolicited manuscripts, art and photos are welcome for possible inclusion. Items for “Alumni Updates” should be identified by class. Free subscriptions to The Growing Edge are available upon request. Changes of address should be sent to: Amy Hendsbee, Assistant for Advancement Programs Atlantic Baptist University Box 6004, Moncton NB E1C 9L7 Tel: (506) 858-8970 1-888-968-6228 Fax: (506) 858-9694 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Recognition THE HARRISON MCCAIN SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT presented to a student who receives a minimum of 80% after the first term of grade 12, based on university preparatory courses, financial need, leadership qualities, and a recognized initiative in funding their own education. We are pleased to announce that the Harrison McCain Foundation Committee has chosen Laura Kelly from Moncton, New Brunswick to be this year ’s recipient. Laura Kelly
or the third year in a row, Atlantic Baptist University is pleased to have one of their first year students receive the Harrison McCain Scholarship. This award, totaling $13,500 over a four-year course of study, is open to any high school graduate in Canada. It is to be
Laura, one of five siblings, is the third child in her family to enter university. Her strong academic ability was demonstrated at Bernice McNaughton High School where she maintained an average of 92% in her first semester. This placed her at 16th out of the 183 students in her graduating class. In addition to her
academic study, Laura kept busy working part-time as a swimming instructor and lifeguard at the Riverview Aquatic Center. Active in her home church, First Moncton United Baptist, Laura participated in such activities as puppets, drama, a Bible study group, a teen handbell choir called JuBELLation, youth group and teaching Sunday school. Having completed a cooperative education program, which involved observing and helping in a grade 5 class at Bessborough School, Laura now aspires to also become a teacher. She is currently taking a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies at Atlantic Baptist University and has plans to enroll in the Bachelor of Education degree in her second year of study. by Jennifer Marr Public Relations Coordinator
ABU AND NBCC SIGN ARTICULATION AGREEMENT an additional two years of training.
Dr. MacArthur signing agreement while Mr. Allard looks on.
tlantic Baptist University president, Dr. Brian MacArthur and New Brunswick Community College-Moncton principal, Claude Allard signed an Articulation Agreement Wednesday, September 24th at the NBCC Moncton Campus. The purpose of this Articulation Agreement is to provide the opportunity for NBCC graduates who have completed a two (2) year Business Technology program in New Brunswick Community Colleges to complete their Bachelor of Business Administration degree at ABU with
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“ABU is pleased to be identified with NBCC in this initiative,” says Dr. MacArthur. “The signing of this articulation agreement will provide a solid foundation where future partnerships will be formulated for the benefit of students of both institutions and the Greater Moncton Community.” NBCC Moncton is also delighted with this arrangement. “This articulation agreement is a great example of how institutions like ours can work together to better serve our clients, the students,” says principal Allard. “This is really for them as it provides for an additional pathway to completing a degree. Everybody wins from agreements such as these. Similar agreements exist, in a number of program areas, between the New Brunswick Community Colleges and Universities of Atlantic Canada and elsewhere.” by Jennifer Marr Public Relations Coordinator
ABU STUDENT CHOSEN SUBWAY ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Dr. MacArthur and Bob Murray presenting Subway Athlete of the Week Award to Sarah
he success of the Atlantic Baptist University Women’s Soccer team can in part be attributed to the play of Sarah Haines. The Blue Tide striker has scored 6 goals this season, including 3 goals in two games versus NSAC and STU. As a result of her exemplary athletic ability, she was recently presented the SUBWAY ATHLETE OF THE WEEK award.
Cover Story WORKING ON BEHALF OF EVERYONE
he Institutional Advancement Department (apart from Academics) is the largest and most diverse at Atlantic Baptist University. Under the leadership of Roland Rackham, Vice-President for Institutional Advancement, the department is responsible for a wide range of activities including: student recruitment and admissions, fund raising, alumni relations, and public relations. All aspects of the department’s duties strive to “look at ways to advance the university,” comments Gilda Ryder, Manager of Advancement Programs. The Admissions team, consisting of David Cook, Julie Hall, and Lorie Ward are the people of first contact with prospective students. The team spends a great deal of time on the road, visiting high schools, academies, youth groups, camps, and various other forums where they might tell the ABU story to potential students, interested parents, and, of course, the influential guidance counselors. But theirs is not a road job exclusively. When in the office, the team is busy fostering the contacts they have made; admitting interested students, and planning special events such as ABU’s annual open-house, ABU-in-View, which allows prospective students to get a first hand view of what life at ABU could be like!
Amy working on Advancement projects
In the area of Development, Scott Ryder serves as the university’s Development Officer. Working with Scott, helping to bridge the university to the community, are two individuals; Ralph Taylor functioning in a volunteer capacity and Frank Vincent working as a consultant. Together, Ralph and Frank focus their efforts on wills and estate planning as well as annuities and bequests. Scott focuses his efforts on recruiting new financial supporters, while at the same time functioning to keep our current donors and alumni connected to the university. Says Scott, “I work to encourage their partnership with our institution.” In addition to the efforts of Ralph and Frank, Scott travels frequently with the President and Vice-President, seeking every venue at which they may wave ABU’s flag; making it possible for the university to have more face-to-face contact with a wider variety of supporters. Recently, the department has launched a focused effort on alumni relations; wanting to stay connected and to reconnect with our former students who are our greatest resource! Currently, plans are underway for the 55Th anniversary homecoming celebrations being held on September 24 & 25, 2004.
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With the rapid growth and expansion of ABU in the last twenty-seven months, public relations has become a much larger focus for the department. The task of helping to raise the awareness of ABU in the larger community is the responsibility of Jennifer Marr in her role as Public Relations Coordinator. Responsible for such things as creating promotional materials, writing press releases, and coordinating advertising for the university, Jennifer is a great resource.
Becoming a great university has meant many changes for ABU over the years. In 1988, when Gilda joined the department, she and one other person ensured that the work that is now shared by many succeeded in positioning the school for future growth. In terms of staff additions, Amy Hendsbee serves as Assistant to Advancement, ensuring that alumni records are current, the database is maintained, and that the Student Ministry Teams are scheduled for effectiveness. As well, Jessica Dempster and Judy Parks assist the department by coordinating the efforts of the Atlantic Baptist University Choir and the Student Ministry Teams. The quality of the education that ABU offers is being recognized not only at home; in Canada, but beyond our borders as well. “I believe that God continues to have great things in store for the ministry we are privileged to be a part of here at ABU,” comments Gilda. While the Advancement Department is integral in promoting the university, Gilda also recognizes that the organization’s overall success is dependent upon the various departments working together. The Institutional Advancement Department is the outstretched hand that reaches out in promotion to the public, while at the same time gathers in the resources needed to propel the university moving forward. While the people of this department may not be as visible in the halls of the building, their efforts go a long way to keeping the institution viable. The work of the Advancement Department, in some ways, carries on the vision of the many partners that ABU has come to appreciate over the years. The vision that continues to be uncovered represents the earlier vision of people who had a strong passion for Christian education, and more recently, Christian education in the liberal arts. The department embodies all that ABU represents quality University education firmly rooted in the Christian faith. by Scott Ryder, Development Officer and Cory Fevens, ABU Student Reporter
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Academic THE GROWTH FACTOR WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR ABU?
might have had before.”
tlantic Baptist University’s student population has not only grown in numbers this year but has also become an increasingly popular topic of discussion. It seems like everybody is talking about the abundant amount of new students attending ABU. “I think it’s awesome that ABU is growing. I think it would be awesome if ABU was huge so that Christ could be seen better,” proclaimed Victoria Hutchings, a first year student. Andrea Bishop, Registrar, offered some factual numbers revealing evidence of the growth. Last year ABU’s total headcount was a high 599 students (the equivalent of 539 Full-Time Equivalency). This year numbers have reached even higher at 677 (the equivalent of 632 FTE) , which represents a 17 % increase. Believe it or not ABU can expect to see 150 graduates walk across the stage in 2004. As Bishop said, “We weren’t expecting quite that number.” With the greater number of students, the demand on the Registrar’s Office has increased. Erica Foster has joined their team to help relieve some pressure. Student Development, also feeling the strain of the increased number in students, followed in their example and hired Debbie McPhail to help accommodate the growth. Heidi Soggie, Director of Student Development, admitted, “I feel like we are busier. There are always students coming and going. There was a lot of frustration until Debbie came at the front desk.” Student Development has done more than hire new staff, they have also packed and moved their offices to make room for two new classrooms. Heidi feels that it is good for their department to be closer to where the students and executive are located.
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In fact the student/professor ratio, which was 17-1, is now 25-1. “So big isn’t always better when it comes to learning,” said Crowell, who assured us that they are aware of the potential of such a problem. Crowell confidently shared that “there has been a positive response from the faculty as we stretch them a little bit more as individuals and as a collective.” One of the new classrooms
A new Internet café was also added, taking over the old weight room (which has also moved). The painting and design was done by Kenda Berry, an alumnus of ABU. Students seem to think she did a great job judging by the use they put into it. Heidi wanted to thank the students for being
Another positive, according to Crowell is that it gives greater reason for looking to hire more faculty at ABU. “We’re getting more resumes and more contacts from people who might be interested to be a part of the team, than ever before.” A lot of people are wondering if expansion or additions of new buildings is being considered. Crowell said no formal plans have been presented but emphasized that all options are being considered. The growth is bringing new challenges to ABU and despite some apprehension, students and faculty are confidently facing them. by Cory Fevens ABU Student Reporter
The new Internet café
understanding through the transition time. While students are being understanding, they are also feeling the pressure. Many students feel they are being forced to adapt to traffic jammed hallways, claustrophobic classes, and long line-ups in the cafeteria. Sarah Wile, a second year student said it well: “I feel like I am being shoved into a can of sardines that’s already full.” Seth Crowell, Vice-President for Academic Affairs, admitted that the growth “hurts in that it naturally puts more strain on most, if not all, people. It’s asking some people to do more with the same resources that they
ENROLLMENT AT ABU (# of students enrolled at ABU) * Includes ALPS Year 1997-98 1998-99 1999-00 2000-01 2001-02 2002-03 2003-04
Full Time 351 313 316 345 412 450 523
Part Time 8.25 19.50 30.00 27.00 27.00 31.00 42.75
FTE 359 332 346 372 *470 *539 *632
% Change 16.73 -7.48 4.10 7.50 *26.00 *14.68 *17.25
Academic INTRODUCING OUR NEW ALPS DIRECTOR
hen the position as Director for the Adult Learner Professional Studies (ALPS) program was offered, Amy Lean MacArthur was pleased to accept. She began on July 1, 2003 and has been going full-steam ahead ever since. She spoke of some recent changes and some plans for the future. “It has been a real joy for me to take on this position,” said Amy who is no stranger to ABU. For the past two years she has served as the Admissions Officer. Although she enjoyed facilitating the process that got students into ABU, the idea of supporting a student all the way along their academic journey was very appealing to her. In the ALPS program she gets the opportunity to meet with students, admit them into the program, and guide them all the way through to completion. “I really like that opportunity,” she said.
AMY LEAN MACARTHUR around based on what was going on in the university.
She has recently been meeting with a new group of students who will be starting the ALPS program on October 27. This fall brought with it a new location for the ALPS department, with their own reception area and central location. Another change has been the provision of two “ALPS classrooms”. Students can depend on one classroom, whereas before they might have been moved
Amy shared how she is looking to expand the ALPS format into new academic markets. Possible venues include a Bachelor of Education at night, graduate studies, and professional and personal development workshops. Amy is excited about the possibility of offering additional venues where students will have the opportunity to acquire “quality university education firmly rooted in the Christian faith”. Amy wanted to extend credit to Cathy Rogers for her past dedication as director. “It was easy to come on board and keep the momentum going because there was already such a great foundation.” It seems we can expect the same from Amy. by Cory Fevens ABU Student Reporter
MORE THAN JUST A PROFESSOR...
ALSO A MISSIONARY FOR ETHIOPIA
professor can influence many lives in the course of an academic year, but as Dr. Andy Barnes demonstrated this summer, a professor’s influence is not limited to the classroom. In order to assist the relief and development organization, Food for the Hungry, Andy travelled to his former home, Ethiopia, for a monthlong project. He was enthusiastic to speak of the experiences he had this summer. “I got to see friends. I got to see places we had lived and traveled before. It was very much like going home,” said Andy, who lived in Ethiopia for six years between ’92 and ’98, before joining the ABU faculty as Associate Professor in Biology. Hearing the news about the rising food crisis in Ethiopia, Andy contacted Food for the Hungry to offer his services. While he was in Ethiopia, Andy offered outside
input by helping to design programs to address the various issues that effect poverty food crisis situations. “You’re an outsider observing and participating in another culture,” said Andy. “Everything is new. It stretches your world, it stretches your patience, it stretches your worldview.” Andy feels that his experiences in Africa
enhance the courses he teaches. Africa has taught him a great deal about ecology and environmental issues. His diverse experiences have inspired him to teach courses outside the Biology sphere, including such courses as Missions and International Relief and Development. He believes the great lessons he has learned can be passed on to his students. He hopes to “challenge his students to think about the big outside world” and to “encourage students to take an adventure in Christ.” Andy does not regret his own adventures. “They were wonderful years,” he stated. When asked if he plans on returning to Ethiopia again, he replied, “I hope so. I didn’t plan on going this summer, it just worked out.” by Cory Fevens ABU Student Reporter
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Advancement THE STANLEY PEVLIN AND ELSIE B. PEVLIN
his amazing story has its beginnings in two remote parts of New Brunswick; Hibernia and New Jerusalem, both of Queen’s County. This is the story of two people who had a great love for the Lord, and an unshakable determination to do their part in contributing to the spiritual and educational welfare of young people the world over. Stanley Pevlin, the son of George and Maud (Appleby) was born on September 30, 1907 at home in Hibernia. He spent his early years as a member of the Hibernia United Baptist Church. Elsie (Fulton) Pevlin was born to John and Margaret (Belyea) Fulton in New Jerusalem on September 17, 1913. Her early church membership was in the Second United Baptist Church of New Jerusalem. With the passage of time these two quite separate lives would come together. They were married on September 22, 1945. Although the Pevlin’s had no children of their own, the community and its people were always the focus of their lives. In particular, the church and its work held a special place in their hearts throughout the years. Their hospitality and commitment to the betterment of young people was evidenced in many ways, and Atlantic Baptist University was part of this as Student Ministry Teams were guests in the Pevlin’s home on more than one occasion. The Pevlin’s eventually found themselves moving to Central Greenwich, King’s County, New Brunswick in 1954, after the Department of National Defense expropriated their Hibernia property to make way for the construction of the military base that we know as Camp Gagetown. Elsie spent her early years, after graduating from Normal School in 1934, teaching in various New Brunswick schools, including Upper Hibernia. It was there that she met Stanley. Elsie was a devoted wife, and her life’s purpose was very clear to all who
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students intending to enter into Christian Service leading to ministry opportunities. But what hasn’t been said is that the gift from the Pevlin’s to the University was in excess of $250,000.00! To date, this represents the largest single bequest that the University has ever received!
knew her – she was in this world to serve her Savior, and this she did through the various committees and missions projects of the Brown’s Flat Baptist Church; the church that she and Stanley were members of since the early 1950’s. Stanley spent his entire career in the “woods”. As a well-known lumber dealer and pulpwood buyer, he provided employment for many men during those years, and no doubt has left an indelible mark on each one! Although he didn’t become a Christian until his middle years, Stanley made up for lost time – his lasting legacy is that of a man who knew his Savior well as evidenced by the markings on the inside cover of his Bible – he read it through more than thirty times. While not people to spend their money unwisely, Elsie and Stanley enjoyed their retirement years, spending several winters in Florida. In fact, one of their greatest enjoyments was being able to share their journey to Jerusalem and the Holy Land with their many friends through slides and pictures. Elsie preceded Stanley in death on March 31, 1993; Stanley joined her on February 9, 2002. It is in death that the truly remarkable aspect of this amazing story unfolds. In September of 2002, several months after Stanley’s death, Atlantic Baptist University was notified that he (and certainly Elsie) had left his entire estate to the University! The only stipulations that were attached to the bequest was that the money was to be invested, and the income used to create The Stanley Pevlin and Elsie B. Pevlin Memorial Scholarship to support
Simply amazing! Two faithful servants of Christ living and working hard all their lives, with a genuine desire to see the work of the Gospel Commission continue through the witness of young people. By endowing Atlantic Baptist University with such generosity, the Pevlin’s were really asking the school to use their resources – that which the Lord had blessed them with – to continue their commitment to the work of the Kingdom, and to be a blessing to others in death as they no doubt had been in life! Today, Atlantic Baptist University acknowledges the generosity of Stanley and Elsie Pevlin; two of God’s faithful servants, and we encourage others who have been blessed with plenty to entrust it to a Christian University that is preparing young men and women to make a difference in a world that desperately needs to embrace the Biblical principles of life. When Elsie passed away in 1993, Stanley asked if he could serve as a pallbearer. He said that he had lost “the sunshine of my life”. By entrusting his estate to Atlantic Baptist University, Stanley was ensuring that the memory of his wife (and of himself) would be perpetuated. The last words that Stanley spoke before he entered into the Glory of Heaven in February of 2002, were the words of 2 Timothy 1:12: “This is why I am suffering as I am. Yet I am not ashamed, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day.” Elsie Pevlin, 1913-1993 Stanley Pevlin, 1907-2002 by Scott Ryder Development Officer
Alumni A FLOOD OF MEMORIES FROM THE 60-64 REUNION
– and oh my, did those stories ever bring back a flood of memories of our years at 933 Salisbury Road!
s over fifty of the 1960-64 alumni group enjoyed a beautiful cruise of the Lunenburg Harbour, the weather on Sept. 20-21, (the weekend between Hurricane Isabel and Hurricane Juan!) couldn’t have been nicer – except for those true boating enthusiasts who would have preferred a bit more wind in the sails! An extra special treat that afternoon was the sight of the Bluenose II putting up its sails, and heading out of the harbour just ahead of “our” boat. As has been the case in each of the past thirteen years that we’ve been holding these reunions, there were a number of firsttimers, who had a chance to renew acquaintances with some people they hadn’t seen in close to forty years. What an exciting time that was!
by Carol Thorne (’64) Professor of Modern Languages, Linguistics and Anthropology
ABU HELPED US BUILD OUR FUTURE
he year is 1998. We are in the 2nd year of the Business Administration program at ABU. Having just set-up in one of our usual “meeting rooms” at the back of the ABU library to tackle the latest accounting project handed out to us by Mr. Dannie Brown, I was eager to share with my colleagues one of the latest business concepts I had been contemplating for some time. “What do you guys t h i n k about
l-r: Walter Melanson, Ken LeBlanc (’00), Dale Betts and Jeremy Demont (’00)
Jean and Paul Haughn did a wonderful job of hosting the reunion, and their son Chad (himself an alumnus of ABC) did an equally great job of MCing the Saturday evening musical program. The music that evening was provided by Alumni of the ABC era, as well as some of the UBBTS group. It was interspersed by opportunities to reminisce
It was also exciting to be able to announce that the first 1960-64 Alumni Bursary was awarded this fall and that the recipient was Rachel Myers, daughter of Gerry and Donna (Cochrane) Myers. The challenge launched during the weekend was to bring that bursary fund up to $12,500. By the end of the weekend, the total was $11, 861.37, so we need less than $650 to reach our goal. Can you help? If so, just include a note with your cheque mentioning that it is for the 1960-64 Alumni Bursary fund.
an internet company that helps people sell their homes privately?” After a few minutes of silence, which was rare with this group (except for Jeremy Demont), the four of us quickly started turning the idea into a game plan.
our ABU experience, and the fact that one business professor, Mr. Dannie Brown, truly believed in us, we were able to grow our library concept into Canada’s largest “For Sale by Owner” marketing firm. Thank you, ABU!
Over the next few months, we spent every extra minute we could working on our business plan. We wanted to officially launch our “project” in the spring and only had three months to pull it off. We constantly used our professors as sounding boards to bounce off our ideas. Within the first three months, we had used every department within the university to some degree. The Communication Studies department helped with our advertising slogans, and the English department helped with our presentation material. The bulk of our assistance came from Brown and the Business department. Brown became our business mentor. Without his guidance, continuous votes of confidence, and the occasional injection of reality, PropertyGuys.com would not be where it is today. He consistently went over and above his duties as a university professor. I believe his commitment was due to a combination of his personality and strong Christian values. Because of
About PropertyGuys.com PropertyGuys.com, Canada’s leading home marketing service provider offers home sellers a no commission, low cost alternative to pricey real estate commissions. PropertyGuys.com has won numerous awards across the nation including, Atlantic Business Magazine – Top 50 CEO’s of Atlantic Canada and Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) – 2002 Young Entrepreneur of the Year and has been featured on the cover the national recognized Canadian Business Franchise magazine. The company is a member of the Canadian Franchise Association (CFA) and currently has operations in 8 provinces with 20 franchised territories covering over 100 towns and cities across the country. Founded in 1998, PropertyGuys.com is based in Moncton, New Brunswick. by Ken LeBlanc ’00
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Alumni ABU WAS A GREAT PLACE TO START WALTER’S STORY
nternational students who come to ABU frequently face many challenges before they arrive at the front doors of the university with pencils in hand. With Visa applications, transcript requests, and English proficiency tests, it can take several years for an international student to realize their dream of attending a Christian university on Canadian soil. One such student was Walter Awinda from Kisumu, Kenya. After four long years of red tape, Walter left behind his wife and three young children to pursue his dream of furthering his education with an ultimate desire to help the poor in his country. “These people are barely existing,” Awinda comments. “Life is consumed with finding the next meal. This is what I came from and it has always been in my heart to reach these people.” With only one year’s tuition saved up, Walter’s intention was to come to ABU for a year of study. Upon his arrival, he discussed with his faculty advisor, Dr. Stephen Dempster, what courses he should take in order to obtain a one-year certificate. Walter’s financial situation was extremely difficult, but in spite of this limitation, Dr. Dempster encouraged him to “pray bigger.” Dr. Dempster told Walter that he could obtain his Bachelor of Arts degree through prayer. And that is exactly what he did. Very few people knew about the financial struggles that Walter was dealing with as he studied at ABU, but God provided not only financially, but also through meals, cards of encouragement and gifts for his family back home. “There was a very personal level of connection while I was at ABU,” reflects Walter. During the fall 2002 Convocation ceremony, after two years of study at ABU, Walter walked across the stage and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. He had applied for, and was conditionally accepted into, the Master of Arts program of International
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Lyda and Walter
Development Studies at Dalhousie University. With the acceptance, Walter was awarded a teaching scholarship, as well as a tuition scholarship that covered most of his tuition while at Dalhousie. “International students normally pay double the amount of a Canadian student but Dalhousie University waived the differential fee for me,” says Walter. This was a financial blessing that enabled him to continue on with his studies. Chosen from approximately 70 other applicants, Walter was accepted on a probational status during which time he had to prove his ability to excel in Dalhousie’s program. Walter far exceeded their expectations, not only with his academic abilities, but also by completing his two-year course in only one year. “Walter contributed impressively to this year’s M.A. in International Development Studies group at Dalhousie,” said Dr. David Black, Chair of the Department of International Development Studies at Dalhousie University. “He brought a wide range of personal experiences, and deep reflections on the limitations of westerninspired development efforts. He was also a kind and constructive colleague to students and faculty alike. We will watch his future progress with interest and pride.” Walter successfully defended his thesis on September 8 th of 2003. Through Dalhousie University, Walter obtained a
placement with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) where he will spend six and a half months stationed in Tanzania working with Rwandan refugees. After many long years away from his family, Walter will be reunited with his wife, Lyda, daughters, Ilse and Faith, and son, Walter Jr., as they will be joining him in Tanzania. “It was hard being away from my family for so long,” says Walter. “I look forward to being with them again.” With the encouragement of both his ABU and Dalhousie professors to continue on in his studies, Walter is applying for his Ph.D. program with plans to commence next fall. “It all started here at ABU,” reflects Walter. “When I ventured out to further my studies, I didn’t know it would go this far. I could not have found a better place to get started in a new culture than ABU. It was through the encouragement of the professors and staff at ABU that I began to dream big. They helped me to believe in myself and the potential that I have. They encouraged me to go for it!” by Jennifer Marr Public Relations Coordinator
Ilse, Walter Jr. and Faith
ALUMNI UPDATES Congratulations to Becky (Myers) (’94) and Paul Rutherford (’94) on the birth of their first child, Bailey Alexandria, who was born on August 11, 2003.
On January 16, 2003, Christopher (Chris) Steeves (’68) was presented the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal by the Lieutenant Governor in a ceremony held at Old Government House, Fredericton, NB. Chris was being recognized for his contributions as a ground search and rescue volunteer. Congratulations is extended to Sylvia (Miller) (’74) and Wayne Hagerman (’74) on the birth of their granddaughter Naomi Marie, who was born on July 12, 2003.
Sharalyn (MacDonald) (’99) and Jon Dixon (’98) are pleased to announce the birth of their second child, Kathryn Joy, who was born on June 22, 2003. She is a sister for Caleb (almost 2). Shelley (Sebastian) and Glynn Wright (’99) were married on December 14, 2002 in Moosejaw, Saskatchewan. Jessica Graves (’01) obtained her Masters of Arts in English at the University of Ottawa in April of 2003. She is currently completing her B.Ed. degree at ABU.
Valerie (Haley) Lynds (’75), wife of Terry Lynds (’75) took X-Ray studies through distance learning while living in Brampton, ON. She graduated from Anglia Polytech University in Cambridge, England with a B.Sc. in Diagnostic Radiology. Valerie and Terry attended the graduation ceremony in England on April 10, 2003. Congratulations is extended to Heather (Haughn) (’89) and Matthew Prosser (’89) on the birth of their second child, Aliza Jean. She is a new sister for Madison (41/2). Also, Matthew graduated with another B.A. (honours Psychology) from St. Mary’s University in May 2003. He has been accepted into the M.Sc. program at St. Mary’s commencing in the fall. Heather is still working at the IWK Health Centre as a clinical social worker. On May 10, 2003, Garth Williams (’90) received his Doctor of Ministry in Preaching from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. His thesis work was Crossgender Communication: When a Male Preacher Speaks to His Female Listeners. Garth and his wife, Heather, reside in St. Stephen, NB, with their two sons Conner and Kenton.
Former UBBTS principal, Don Mitton passed away on August 31, 2003. Dr. Mitton was the principal from 1958-1964.
Former ABC custodian, Bob Cameron, passed away on August 3, 2003. Bob was on staff with UBBTS/ABC for 32 years. Wanda (Emke) (’02) and Trevor Jones (’00) were married on September 27, 2003 at Petitcodiac United Baptist Church.
Dawn (Winton) Aubé (’63) passed away in January of 2003. Carol (Brittain) Constable (’64) passed away in September of 2002.
Jennifer (Brown) (’02) and Paul MacAloney are pleased to announce the birth of their first child, Tyler Owen, who was born on June 8, 2003. A first grandchild for Dannie and Judy Brown.
Is there any news you would like us to include in The Growing Edge? Send your news to: Gilda (Bagley) (’83) (’03) Ryder Atlantic Baptist University Box 6004, Moncton, NB E1C 9L7 Fax: (506) 858-9694 e-mail: email@example.com
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Bits & Pieces FACULTY AND STAFF UPDATES Amy Lean MacArthur, former Admissions Counsellor, has accepted the position of Director of the Adult Learner Professional Studies (ALPS) program.
as External Admissions Counsellors.
Connie Hamilton has joined the Finance Department staff as Business Officer.
Amy Hendsbee (’03) has joined the Advancement Department as Assistant for Advancement Programs.
Reina Green joined the ABU faculty as Assistant Professor of English. Congratulations is also extended to Reina as she was successful in defending her Ph.D. dissertation entitled, “The Diseases of Listening in Early Modern England,” in September of 2003. In the Admissions Department Julie Hall (’01) has joined the team as Internal Admissions Counsellor, while Lorie Ward (’03) and David Cook (’96) have joined
Erica Foster has joined the Registrar’s Office as Registrar Office Assistant.
Jennifer Marr, former Assistant for Advancement Programs, now coordinates the public relations activities for the university. After working part-time in the Communication Studies department for a year, Chris Quek has accepted the full-time faculty position of Assistant Professor of Communication Studies.
OTHER ABU NEWS
Chris Brake The winner of ABU’s 2nd Annual 10K Open Run.
ABU starts a Best Buddies Chapter. Pictured are Jeremy Quiring and Sara Hudgins holding the Enthusiasm Award won in Toronto at the Annual Conference.
ABU gets a new sign!
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Best wishes are extended to Candy Lutes (’89), Student Liaison Officer, and Dawn Ramey-Crowell, Student Ministry Team Coordinator, who have decided to pursue other interests. Congratulations to Cathy Rogers (’97) and the ABU team who participated in the Run for the Cure. They won an award for being the postsecondary institution that raised the most funds for research in finding a cure for breast cancer.
Thank you Thank you is extended to Hallmark Cards, Trinity Drive and Hallmark Canada for supplying ABU’s Christmas cards this year.
Faculty, staff and students picking up litter during the fall Adopt-a-Highway cleanup.
“Knuts for Knitting” draws novice and seasoned knitters alike.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS NOVEMBER/DECEMBER November 8, 9:30 a.m. Mr. Roland Rackham, VP for Institutional Advancement, presenting a Will & Estate Planning Seminar at O’Leary United Baptist Church. November 8, 6:30 p.m. Dinner and Fellowship with Dr. MacArthur, President; Mr. Rackham, VP Institutional Advancement; and Mr. Ryder, Development Officer at O’Leary United Baptist Church. November 9, 9:45 a.m. Dr. MacArthur will be speaking at O’Leary United Baptist Church.
November 21, 7:30 p.m. “A Thrill of Hope” A musical/dramatic presentation depicting the incredible story of hope that came to earth as a baby, “A Thrill of Hope” illuminates the messages of renewal, faith and hope in Jesus Christ. For more information contact Amy Hendsbee at 1-888-968-6228 Ext. 126.
MARCH/APRIL/MAY April 2 Senior Class Conference April 9 - 12 Easter Break April 19 Last day of classes
November 28 & 29 April 30 ABU Choir Concert May 1, 10:00 a.m. Alumni Brunch For more information contact Bob Murray at 1-888-968-6228 Ext. 135
May 1, 2:00 p.m. Convocation
December 11 Last day of classes
November 15, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. ABU’s Fifth Annual Craft Fair For more information contact Ramona Mitchell at (506) 863-6445.
January 12 Classes begin
November 16, 7:00 p.m. Dr. MacArthur will be speaking at the Brookfield United Baptist Church anniversary service.
February 8 & 9 ABU-In-View
55th Anniversary Celebrations September 24 & 25, 2004
November 9, 11:15 a.m. Dr. MacArthur will be speaking at Springfield United Baptist Church.
February 27 - March 7 Winter Break
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