Spring Arbor University

Faculty Accomplishments and Developments

Adjunct Shannon Lowder has been appointed to a Child Abuse and Neglect Task Force for a 2-year term.  This was an issue by Governor Rick Synder.  Lowder, a clinical therapist in Arbor Hills will represent health and mental health professionals.

Associate Professor Brenda McGadney volunteered for President Obama’s inauguration reception and for the National Day of Service at the Armory for Martin Luther King Day.

SAU Global Assistant Professor Sandra Richards went on a Michigan Helps medical mission’s trip to Guatemala in February.  The team she worked with had 130 volunteers consisting of nurses, surgeons, physicians, and others in health-related fields.  The group saw a variety of patients and conditions; many of whom had not seen a medical provider in years.  There was also a group who helped build stoves in homes so that families can now avoid inhaling smoke that causes lung damage.  Richards said, “It was an experience I will never forget.”  See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qen8ULS4Vro to learn more.

The Detroit News highlighted Professor in Communication, Wally Metts in a Christmas Eve story by reporting on his lifelong fascination with St. Nick.  Metts spent six weeks in the Argentinian mountains researching the Christian saint and published a book, “The Santa Papers, St Nicholas of Myra:  The Unofficial Biography.”  Metts has also co-authored an eBook for the iPad, A OneStep Guide to a Byline with Michael Ray Smith of Campbell University.  The book, designed to help those in Christian ministries understand the key story telling elements for getting published, includes video interviews and other interactive tools.

Congratulations to the following faculty who received 2013-14 promotions.

  • Mr. J.D. Garn, Associate Professor of Art
  • Mr. Bonnie Holiday, Associate Profess of Social Work
  • Dr. Dale Linton, Associate Professor of Education
  • Dr. Kathleen Wilcox, Associate Professor of Education

Associate Professor in Education, Bonita Miller has been accepted by Educational Resources & Referrals – China (ERRC) to teach at Peking University this summer in Beijing, China. Miller will teach Ph.D. students in education, a course on writing and speaking and is very excited about the opportunity. Faculty from Calvin, Biola, Azusa Pacific, and Seattle Pacific are also involved in the experience.

Congratulations to the following who recently completed a terminal degree.

    • Stefanie Lassitter, Director of Faculty Services, SAU Online, teaching & learning from Argosy University.
    • Dale Linton, Associate Professor in the School of Education, curriculum and instruction from Andrews University, Berrien Springs.
    • Sandra Richards, Assistant Profess of Nursing, nursing practice from Madonna University.