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.


  • 6:00pm Poster Session (Buller Hallways)
  • 6:30pm Departmental Presentations & Keynote Address, Featuring Congressman Fred S. Upton and Sung Kwon, PhD (Newbold Auditorium, Buller Hall).


Opening Prayer, José Bourget, Congressman

Welcome & Introduction, Andrea Luxton, PhD, President

Keynote Presentation, Congressman Fred S. Upton

Musical Selection, A Missionary’s Prayer by Tyler Castleton; Wayne Burton Vocalist: Elsie Mokoya; Pianist: Carlos Lugo

Our Local Impact

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

  • Adult Literacy Program - James White Library, Neighbor to Neighbor, & Dollar General
  • Weight Loss & Diabetes Reversal Programs for Benton Harbor – Lifestyle Medicine Clinic, School of Pop. Health, Nutrition & Wellness

Video Celebrations: Partnering to Serve Our Country: Our National Impact

  • Nursing on a Mission - Nursing Department
  • rauma Training for the Community – International Center for Trauma Willis Byas Graduate Student

Presentation of Scholarship & Introduction of Speaker, Christon Arthur, PhD, Provost

Mission Spotlight, Sung K. Kwon, PhD, DMin Associate Professor of Leadership & Director Social Innovation

Musical Selection, The Potter’s Hand arranged by Lloyd Larson Vocalist: Scott Peterson; Pianist: Aiko Ayala Rios

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

  • Orphanage in Eswatini – Enactus
  • Care for Cuba 2022 – Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary
  • Making a Change in Madagascar – Community International
  • Development Majdal Anjar, Lebanon – Architecture Department

Vote of Thanks, Brett Muchow, Co-Chair Andrews University Community Engagement Council

J. N. Andrews Prayer, Teresa Latino-Adams Volunteer Instructor, Adult Literacy Program

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

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

6:30 PM

09 Environmental Health & Addiction

Padma P. Tadi Uppala, Andrews University

6:30 PM

6:30 PM

12 Keynote Address: "Serving Others"

Charles Stoddard

6:30 PM