The Celebration of Community Engagement has been established as a forum for Andrews University and our community partners to celebrate the efforts and achievements of the university in serving the community.

The annual event, which is held in conjunction with the Celebration of Research, seeks to establish the important connection between research and knowledge on the one hand, and community engagement and service on the other.

The inaugural Celebration of Community Engagement will recognize the many community development programs spearheaded and supported by our university. This event is co-sponsored with the James White Library. Presentations will be subsequently displayed and archived by the Library.


  • 5:30pm Poster Session (Buller Hallways)
  • 6:30pm Departmental Presentations & Keynote Address, Featuring Charles Stoddard (Newbold Auditorium, Buller Hall).


Opening Prayer, Michael Nixon, Esq., Vice President for Diversity & Inclusion

Welcome, Christon Arthur, PhD, Provost

Introduction of Celebration of Community Engagement, Andrea Luxton, PhD, President

Video, Ted Wilson, PhD, President, General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists

Musical Selection, Lean on Me - B. Withers, Vocalists: Adoniah Simon, Laia Burgos, Rachel Rajarathinam; Piano: Adriana Perera

Video Celebrations: Partnering to Serve at Home: Our Local Impact

  • Summer Enrichment Program
  • Renaissance Kids
  • AFIA Mental Health Awareness Program
  • Nursing Mentoring Program
  • H.E.L.P.

Musical Selection, I give myself away - W. McDowell, Brandi Seawood & Emerald Norman, Students

Video & Other Celebrations - Partnering to Serve Our Country: Our National Impact

  • Social Work—Refugees
  • Public Health—Environmental Health & Addiction
  • Music—Music Behind Bars

Musical Selection, Danya Wilson

Other Celebrations: Joel Raveloharimisy, PhD, Director, Community & International Development Program

Introduction of Speaker, Mordecai Ongo, PhD, Research Integrity and Compliance Officer

Keynote Presentation, Charles Stoddard, MBA, Philanthropist

Recognition of Speaker & Presentation of Scholarship, Alayne Thorpe, PhD, Dean, College of Education & International Services, Dean of Graduate Studies

Video Celebrations - Partnering to Serve Our World: Our Global Impact

  • Architecture
  • Bikes for Cuba
  • Enactus

Vote of Thanks & Closing Prayer, Paulette Johnson, MLIS, EdS, Dean of Libraries


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Thursday, October 24th
6:30 PM

06 Effect of Empathy Development on Service-Learning - Andrews University Nursing School/Community Partnership – Benton Harbor Program.

Carlisle Sutton, Andrews University
Shawna Trotman Henry, Andrews University
Khonnah Weithers , RN, BSN, MSNc, CCRN, Andrews University
Bea Ade-Oshifogun, Andrews University

6:30 PM

08 International Center for Trauma Education & Care

Katelyn Campbell, Andrews University
Ingrid Weiss Slikkers LCSW, LMSW, CCTP, Andrews University
Curtis VanderWaal PhD, ACSW, Andrews University

6:30 PM

09 Environmental Health & Addiction

Padma P. Tadi Uppala, Andrews University

6:30 PM

12 Keynote Address: "Serving Others"

Charles Stoddard

6:30 PM